Summer’s in full swing, and that means it’s the perfect time for a long ride. The bright sun means the roads are dry and that other drivers can see you easily. But it also means that things heat up fast, and that includes you and your bike. Keeping cool while you ride your motorcycle in summer means more than just sporting your killer leather jacket. It also means taking a few simple steps so you can ride longer and more comfortably. Join your Odessa Motorcycle Dealer, Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles, as we outline a few temperature taming tips.
Don’t Ditch the Gear
As the temperatures rise, it’s not uncommon to see people start to shed layers. But leave the tank tops, cutoff shorts, and flip flops for the beach. Your riding gear is what keeps you safe in the event of a crash or slide. Not only that but by riding with exposed skin, you’re exacerbating your over-heating problem. Your gear keeps your skin out of the sun, keeping it from burning or drying out. Plus, some textile jackets and pants, as well as clever helmets, are designed to help move cool air across your skin as you ride, cooling you off faster.
Desert travelers rely on camels to get around. This animal is famous for drinking huge amounts of water all at once and then not another drop for days after. While you can’t quite do the same, you should stay hydrated when you ride in the summer. Being adequately hydrated not only helps keep you cool but also keeps your brain sharp, meaning you’re a more aware and safer rider.
A simple and mostly free way to stay cool on your bike is to put a few cold packs or ice cubes in the pockets of your jacket. As you ride, the warm ambient air will move across the ice or cold packs, melting them. The evaporative cooling effect will kick in, and you’ll notice yourself gradually cooling as you ride.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
You don’t have to smell any flowers, but taking frequent breaks as you ride is a great way to keep cool. Park under a shady tree or next to a tall building and take the chance to unzip your jacket and remove your helmet. Carry a bottle of water in your backpack or saddlebags and keep hydrated.
Rock a Bandana
Even if you’re not going for the outlaw rider look, a bandana can help keep you cool even on the toastiest of days. Soak a bandana in ice water before you start your ride and gently tie it around your neck. As the soaked bandana dries, you’ll enjoy the cooling effect it has. If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, you can find a cool wrap that keeps moisture in the fabrics longer.