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Tips for Hot Weather Motorcycle Riding

On Sunday, I slipped out for a quick mid-morning ride. By 10am the temperature had already risen into the 90’s where it stayed for the remainder of the day. As I rode along the merciless black tar of the Long Island Expressway, the heat radiated all around me. I don’t often wish I were just going right back home instead of riding on… but yesterday was one of those days. It was utterly miserable.

How hot is too hot?

At some point, you have to ask yourself if it is simply too hot to ride your motorcycle. It is an entirely personal question to which the answer is sometimes, yes.

Today when I got into my car after work, the outside temperature read 104°F and crept up to 106°F while moving on the Expressway. I blissfully drove along in the cool of the AC. It was simply too hot to ride.

If you Decide to Brave the Heat

Hydrate, hydrate and then hydrate some more. Skip the caffeine, soda and alcohol. Go for water or a sports drink.

A good option to keep your fluids at a healthy level is to ride with a Camelback and sip as you go. It’s important that you try to stave off any of the symptoms of dehydration before they occur.

WebMD’s Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness, even fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output: Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

Keep Cool with Evaporative Cooling

Wear a wet bandana or maybe Aerostich’s Evap-odana around your neck. There is also the option of using a cooling vest or the old-fashioned soaked t-shirt method.

Insulate your Body from the Sun and Heat

ATGATT helps with the heat too. Keep your skin fully covered and insulated.

Soundrider.com also notes that if the air temperature is below your regular body temperature, keep the vents open on your gear or opt for mesh garments. Once the temperature rises above your body temperature, close up vents to fight against the hot air. The moving hot air will heat up your cooler skin.

Use your Head

If you decide to ride in the high heat, listen to your body. If you feel a little woozy or maybe just a little “off”, do yourself a favor and pull off somewhere. Try to cool down by getting off the hot motorcycle and finding a shady spot, an air conditioned store or gas station and just chill out. By the time you feel the symptoms, dehydration could already be settling in.

Your Hot Weather Riding Tips? Do you have some hot weather motorcycle riding tips to keep to share? Put them in the comments, please!

How about you?

  • What’s the hottest temperature you’ve ever ridden in?
  • How hot is too hot for you?

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Sights from the Road: World’s Tallest Uncle Sam – Happy July 4th

Many people who have attended Americade or have passed through Lake George, NY will recognize the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. He stands outside of the Magic Forest amusement park just south of town. We last saw him when we attended motorcycle ice racing on a cold February day. I thought he was perfect to post for today, July 4, 2010.

Worlds Tallest Uncle Sam Lake George

Sign Reads:
“Here stands Uncle Sam. The world’s tallest Uncle Sam was bought from the Danbury Fair in 1981. Erected here at Magic Forest in 1982. He stands 38 feet tall, weighs 4,500 lbs. and is made of fiberglass. repainted with the Acme base coat clear coat system in 1992.”

Happy Independence Day!

1920′s Board Track Racing Video from Daytona, Florida

Barber Motorsports Museum Board Track Racing Display:
Imagine running full speed at 75mph and a 45° angle with nothing but your feet as brakes…

Board Track Racing Sign - Barber Museum
Barber Museum Board Track Racers

Great board track racing video from Daytona, Florida in the 1920’s. The intro title is a little long but stick with it. It just serves as further proof that motorcycle riders have always been adrenaline junkies.

Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team Vespa Scooter with Sidecar

Another super-sweet scooter with sidecar setup from 2010 Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet. This awesome baby reads “Vespa Taxi Co.”  on the front and “Pine Bowl Speedway Stunt Team – Poestenkill, NY” on the sidecar.

Vespa Scooter Taxi with Sidecar

The Pine Bowl Speedway was a racing oval in upstate New York State in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Vespa Scooter with Side Car Rhinebeck National Meet

One of my bucket list items is to ride in a side car. Something like this would do just fine!

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