Riding Your Motorcycle in Hot Weather? Follow These 5 Tips

With summer months soon approaching, a lot of us motorcycle riders might be dreading the hot weather rides. Riding your bike in the sun and the heat can turn into a not so fun experience. It’s important to stay hydrated and cool, but the heat is difficult to avoid sometimes. There are many ways to make riding your motorcycle more comfortable on hot days, and we’re going to share 5 of them with you here.

Prevent Dehydration

Staying hydrated should be a priority for everyone on hot days! Hydration is important for us riders especially, as the heat and the wind from riding at high speeds can draw moisture out of our skin. That, combined with the water loss our body experiences from sweating, can cause dehydration fast. Be sure to keep your body hydrated, and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water.

Common symptoms of dehydration and other heat stress include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness, fatigue, dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Clammy skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fast and shallow or irregular breathing

Avoid Riding at the Hottest Time of the Day

This one may seem obvious, but sometimes we don’t think ahead! If you do plan on going for a longer ride, avoid riding during the hours of 12 pm-3pm, as this is usually when the sun beats down the hardest. Check the weather and if it is going to be a hot day, at least avoid the hottest part of the day. During the summer, there are plenty of hours of daylight, so pushing your ride back a couple of hours to avoid strong heat won’t leave you riding your bike in the dark! If you do choose to ride at night for the cooler temperatures, be sure to make yourself as visible as possible to ensure your safety.

Wear the Right Clothing and Cover up!

Switching out your regular gear for shorts and a t-shirt? Bad idea. For one thing, you are putting yourself at a bigger risk for severe injuries if you happen to get into an accident. In addition, exposing more of your skin means that more water is going to be evaporating and leaving your body. As a result, you will probably get dehydrated much quicker. What seems like a good way to stay cool and feel the wind against your skin actually ends up making you worse off. Even though it may seem contradictory, cover up as much as you can to beat the heat.

You should also make sure to wear lighter colors so that they reflect some of the sun from off of you, resulting in less heat absorption as well. You can also wear moisture wicking clothing underneath your gear to keep your body cool.

Have Proper Sun Protection

The sun is definitely damaging to the skin, eyes, and even hair. Whether or not you wear a helmet, we still recommend wearing sunscreen on your face as well as the rest of your body. Sunburns can get pretty severe, especially for us who are on the road for a while every day. UV protection for your eyes can be very helpful as well, in the form of either contact lenses or sunglasses.

For those riders who have tattoos, wearing clothing to protect your tattoos from fading from the sun is so important. Not only is your hydration at risk from sun exposure, but your awesome tattoos are too! Protect your body art from the sun when you are on your bike.

Try New Gear

In addition to your regular gear, you can use other types of gear to stay cool in the summer. Things like evaporative cooling vests and evaporative cooling neck wraps exist, so take full advantage! There is also motorcycle gear that is designed specifically for heat and high temperature weather. To stay cool while riding your motorcycle in summer weather, you can try new gear like:

  • Ventilated jackets or vests
  • Hot weather motorcycle gloves
  • Hot weather motorcycle pants
  • Ventilated helmets
  • Hot weather motorcycle boots