We’re all feeling thankful that the harsh winter weather is behind us, which means it’s time to enjoy the warm, sunny days that await. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, it’s likely one of your favorite times to ride. As nice as it can be to experience the changing of seasons, it’s still important to prepare. After all, the heat can be brutal, especially when you’re riding a motorcycle on the open road. Fortunately, Great River Road Harley-Davidson® is here to help. We’ve rounded up some helpful tips for warm weather riding. Keep reading to learn more!
If you’re still shopping around for the perfect bike, be sure to visit our dealership. We’re conveniently located in Quincy, IL, near Moline and Springfield. We also proudly serve those in Columbia, MO.
It’s only natural to want to start shedding layers as the weather heats up outside. This is an urge you’ll want to resist when you’re out riding your motorcycle. You need to protect your limbs with long sleeves and pants that’ll hold up against the road in a fall or crash. You can, however, get rid of the dark colors and heavy leather when it’s hot outside. Instead, aim for light-colored, breathable fabrics, such as linen and cotton. If you’re a frequent rider, you might even consider investing in a ventilated jacket that’ll produce more airflow and protect you from road hazards.
There are other things you can do to ensure you don’t get too hot out there. For example, you can wear a bandana under your helmet to prevent sweat from getting in your eyes. Don’t forget that you should always apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, like the back of your neck. On that note, you’ll also want to opt for a tinted motorcycle helmet with UV light protection. If this isn’t an option, you can wear a pair of protective sunglasses under your helmet.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
You’d be surprised by how quickly dehydration can set in. You want to avoid this at all costs, so be sure to drink plenty of water while you’re riding. If you wear thick clothing on the road, you’ll sweat more easily when it’s hot out. This will call for even more hydration. It can be difficult to remember to drink water when you’re having a blast on your motorcycle. A hands-free hydration system can help with this. It allows you to sip water as you ride without having to take your eyes off the road or hands off the bike.
When you sweat, you’re also losing electrolytes and salt. This also leads to dehydration. Pack sports drinks and salty snacks so you can replenish what’s lost. This helps you avoid further dehydration.
Ride at Favorable Times
With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can avoid dangerous situations in the heat. Many of these techniques come down to common sense. For example, you should always try to ride when it’s cool outside. You’ll have to avoid the hottest parts of the day, like the middle of the afternoon, but that shouldn’t be too hard. The best times to ride your motorcycle are first thing in the morning and at the end of the day when the sun is setting.
Last but not least, listen to your body and know when it’s time to take a break. You’ll get worn down rather quickly if you ride your motorcycle for hours on end without a break. It’s helpful for letting your bike cool off, stretching your legs, rehydrating, and enjoying some snacks. Not to mention, it’s great for slowing down and enjoying all that nature has to offer.
We hope this guide has been helpful. For more tips or to check out our inventory, stop by and see us at Great River Road Harley-Davidson® in Quincy, IL. We’ve got an impressive selection of motorcycles for sale. Our staff would be happy to help you find the one that’s right for you. Our dealership proudly serves Moline and Springfield, IL, and Columbia, MO.