Tips for surviving the Summer heat while enjoying motorcycle riding
By John Ainsworth, Installation Safety Office
/ Published July 31, 2015
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
Have you thought, "I'd love to ride my motorcycle, but it's just too hot?" Well, don't let the Middle Georgia summers get you down.
Here are a few tips to help keep you cool during those motorcycle rides:
You must stay ventilated. Most helmets and motorcycle jackets have some sort of ventilation. Don't forget to open the vents to allow airflow to keep cool.
Wear breathable riding gear. You should never trade safety for comfort. It's better to be hot and sweaty than to get road rash if you must lay the bike down.
With a combination of breathable material and amour, you could have an acceptable level of protection.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Riding in hot weather has a deceptive effect on your body. Sweat evaporates quickly and drains your body of electrolytes faster than you realize.
Being dehydrated can cause you to become dizzy - not a good thing at 70 mph. Always drink more water than you think you need and stop for rest breaks.
Set your bike up to cope with the heat. Maximum airflow allows you to stay cool. The easiest way to increase your comfort is to open fairing vents, if you have them. You can also remove your windscreen if you have one. That will keep air moving around you.
By following the above tips, you can still enjoy riding your motorcycle during the hot summer days of Middle Georgia.