Summer is upon us and with it, the blazing heat of the Las Vegas sun. For many Las Vegas locals, temperatures soaring into triple-digit temperatures are nothing new but that doesn’t mean that riding around in the heat doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. At BBV Powersports, we want to help you beat the heat with these summer motorcycle tips that will help you keep cool during hot weather riding!
How to Stay Cool When Riding Your Motorcycle in the Heat
When it comes to keeping cool, there are a few ways that you can prepare yourself. The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated in the heat.
Wear Something Breathable
When you sweat, heat leaves your body and evaporates. Sweating keeps us alive in hot temperatures by keeping us cool.
Sweating is a natural part of keeping cool in the heat, so it’s important to wear riding gear that is breathable and allows your sweat to evaporate. Traditional riding gear is designed to keep you safe while riding but it can be very hot to wear. Luckily, there are tops that you can wear that are designed to help keep your body cool.
Wear a Camelback
When you’re riding your motorcycle in the summer, it can be difficult (and dangerous) to carry around a water bottle in your hand. Luckily, Camelbacks are an incredibly convenient way to drink water hands-free.
A Camelback, for those who aren’t familiar with the brand, is a small backpack that fits close to your body that holds a bladder. That bladder is attached to a hose that pops up next to your mouth for easy and convenient sipping!
It’s a great way to stay hydrated on the go and it is widely used by touring cyclists.
Water, Water, and Water
We cannot stress this enough: When the temperature starts climbing, you need to be drinking water. If you can carry extra water, do so. The last thing you need is to become dehydrated while you are riding your motorcycle in the heat. The more hydrated you are, the better your body will be able to sweat and keep you cool.
Approach Tar Stips With Caution
Apart from staying cool and hydrated while you ride, there it is important to think about how the heat may affect the roads that you drive on. Tar Snakes are a perfect example of this.
“Tar Snake” refers to tar that is used to fill in cracks in the road. These lines of tar can get slick in the summer so it is important to keep an eye on the road for any that you might drive over.
When driving over slippery tar, remember to keep your bike straight up and approach it at a 90-degree angle. This will help you avoid a situation where your back tire slips out from behind you.