The summer is upon us and just with convertible cats, riding a motorcycle in the summer looks idyllic – the ultimate summer wish. However, riding in the summer does pose some different challenges from riding during the winter. Here are some extra precautions you should be taking when riding this summer.
Take frequent breaks
While it’s very tempting to just keep going and enjoy the ride until your fuel-light comes on, on a hot day you should be mindful of taking more regular breaks to have a drink and something to eat. Make sure that you take your helmet off on your break to keep your head cool and walk around to keep the blood flowing through your body. It’s also a good idea to sit in the shade for a while and do some light stretches.
Pay attention to your body
This is important no matter what the weather is, however, it’s particularly important to listen to your body during the summer and if you’re feeling dizzy or lightheaded, then make sure you take a break until you feel better. Don’t just ride through it as you could have an accident and not only harm yourself but others around you. Give yourself a chance to cool down before you head off again and make sure you have a drink.
Avoid the hottest time of the day
Get out for an early morning or a late evening ride rather than going out during the hottest part of the day. Not only will it be much cooler in the morning or evening, but it will also be far quieter and more beautiful. Would you prefer to be out riding alone to see the sunrise or stuck in traffic during the hottest part of the day? Choosing the cooler times will provide you with the greatest rides, and the best scenery and will also be the safest time of the day.
Looking at people riding around on a Piaggio electric scooter, a Harley or even a quad bike on holiday with no top on and definitely no helmets, it can seem like just because the sun’s out the roads are safer. While it can be tempting to go out in your shorts and T-shirt in the summer, you still need to dress sensibly for riding a motorcycle and that means covering up. By all means, take some summer gear and some flip-flops with you in your bag to change into at a stop, but when riding you always need to be safely covered in full-length protective motorcycle gear. You can find more ventilated gear these days which will help to keep you cooler while still keeping you safe.
According to WebMD, heat exhaustion is described as “a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration.” If you can’t stop for enough breaks to keep you hydrated, then get yourself a hydration backpack to wear while you ride. In the summer, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe and healthy.