This year we have had an incredible summer with some days producing the hottest temperatures on record. Even though we are now moving towards the Autumn we are still experiencing some beautiful late summer weather and one of the best ways to enjoy this is riding through the countryside on the back of a motorbike. There has always been a romantic view of riding a motorbike, which is often contributed to by the portrayal of riders in Hollywood films. The freedom of being out on the open road without the restrictions of a car and being able to take yourself almost anywhere dressed in your Summer motorbike jacket adds to the thrill of the power of an incredible motorbike.
When riding in during the summer months there are a number of things that you need to think about to make sure that you stay safe in the heat as you are more exposed to the elements than those people sitting in their cars.
Dehydration is one of the most common complaints during the summer weather especially as many people don’t drink their recommended daily intake of eight glasses of water, even when it's not blazing hot. Dehydration occurs when you lose more water from your body than you are replenishing through the food and drink you are consuming. It is easy to forget to drink during your motorbike journey, particularly if you don’t pre-schedule stops. But, keeping your water levels topped up is incredibly important for biker riders as the clothing that is worn to protect yourself from injury can cause you to sweat more than you usually would. Add to this the increase in temperature and you have yourself the recipe for a very soggy experience. There are some early signs of dehydration that you can pick up on, these include feeling tired with little energy, irritability and feeling light-headed and nauseous.
During the colder winter months, we often wrap ourselves up to keep warm and protect our skin from the chill. Colder weather can make your skin become cracked and sore. Equally it is vital that you protect yourself from the effects of the sun and hot weather. From late Spring through to late Summer it is recommended that you cover your skin in suntan lotion of at least factor 30 and if possible higher at factor 50. Motorcyclists are often covered up even in the summer but there are key areas of the body that are often forgotten about and as a result sunburn can occur. These are primarily the front and back of the neck and the ankle areas.
Muscle cramp is a common issue with people who are sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time, such as travelling in a car or on a motorbike. These muscle cramps (usually in the leg areas) can become more likely in hot water, usually in combination with mild dehydration. Taking regular breaks and keep your fluid intake up with help keep those horrible cramping moments at bay.