Don’t Drink and Ride? Err, Not Exactly
It is pretty commonplace to see the boys and girls who ride offroad wearing camelbacks. At any organized event that I’ve been to so far, it is more common to see riders with something to drink strapped to their back than not.
But when it comes to street riding, I can’t say that I have noticed the same trend. Granted, on the surface it would seem that the dirt rider would need the water more, but the reality is the only thing you need to do to become dehydrated is use more fluid than you take in. It doesn’t require strenuous activity.
While I was traveling on the Speed Triple this past July, there was one day on the road when I was riding alone that I was absolutely not good to myself. I spent hours and hours riding tank to tank, but not drinking when I stopped. The result was me feeling a little off, a little headachey and had I been riding with someone else no doubt they would felt the wrath of my “I’m hot and thirsty” crankiness that is the stuff of legend in my circle of friends.
I just wrote a little guest post for the Allstate Good Hands Community on the topic of keeping yourself hydrated when you’re on the road. (Take a peek there, won’t you?)
Now, I absolutely KNOW I should have something to drink when I’m traveling on my street bike. But, I’m not always in the routine of bringing something along. I need to work on that.
How about you?
Do you always have water, a camelback or something to drink with you when you’re on the motorcycle?