How to Beat the Heat while Riding
Riding a Harley-Davidson in the summertime is great because you don’t have to deal with the cold, stormy weather that you have during the colder seasons.
Hot weather, however, comes with plenty of its own difficulties. Not only is it uncomfortable to get overheated, but dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can all cause serious damage to your body. That’s why you need to learn how to prepare before every ride, so that you don’t risk making yourself sick in the middle of a touring adventure. With this guide from Thunder Tower HD, you’ll learn a few safety tips for beating the heat while you ride. But if you still don’t have a motorcycle, or just want a new model, come on into our dealership to browse our selection of Street Glide, Road Glide, and Road King bikes, for sale in Columbia, SC.
Dressing for Comfort
Dressing properly for the heat might seem like a no-brainer, but when you get on top of a motorcycle, it’s a little more complicated than you might think. You can’t just wear t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops when touring on a hot afternoon, as this type of apparel doesn’t protect you from sun rays or the pavement in the case of an accident. That’s why you’ll want to invest in riding apparel. It sounds a little counterintuitive, but long sleeves will actually keep you cooler in the long run when on a bike. With a motorcycle riding jacket and riding pants, ultraviolet rays won’t directly contact your skin, which will save you from sunburns and wasted energy. Not to mention, good motorcycle apparel is actually ventilated to improve airflow and keep you more comfortable.
Keep Up Your Hydration Levels
Dehydration is the greatest danger you’ll face when riding a Harley-Davidson Road King, Road Glide, or Street Glide on a long distance touring trip. If you don’t have enough fluids, you could develop heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which are both incredibly hazardous to your health. To avoid them, bring a few water bottles along with you when you ride. It’s not a bad idea to bring enough water bottles to drink 8-ounces every hour. That means you’ll need to take a break every fifteen minutes or so, because chugging an entire water bottle every hour won’t really do you much good. If you don’t want to deal with the frequent stops, consider getting a hydration system, which has a nozzle that you can drink from while you ride. Also, make sure you bring some snacks and sport drinks if you plan on spending several hours on the road. You lose salts and other nutrients while you sweat, so it’s important to replenish your body’s fuels and electrolytes.
Know when to Wait
Preparation is essential to riding safety, but sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much you prepare. Extreme heat is dangerous, and if you try braving it in the middle of the year’s hottest afternoon, you’ll be putting yourself at risk for dehydration and heat exhaustion. That’s why we recommend making smart choices about when you should and shouldn’t ride. If possible, it’s a good idea to ride in the morning or night, so that you can avoid being on your touring motorcycle during the hottest part of the day. However, if it’s absolutely necessary that you go out during the afternoon, make sure you’re paying attention to your body and taking frequent breaks, before you start feeling overheated.
Riding in the heat can be dangerous, but if you know how to prepare yourself properly, you could avoid many of the dangers commonly associated with extreme heat. Hopefully this guide will help get you started, but if you need more advice, or just want to check out the new Harley-Davidson touring lineup, come on into Thunder Tower West HD. We’ve got the new Road King, Street Glide, and Road Glide for sale, and we proudly serve customers from Aiken, Rock Hill, Charleston, Myrtle Beach & Greenville, SC, as well as Lexington, Irmo, Sumter, West Columbia, Forest Acres, and Greenwood, SC and Augusta and Savannah, GA