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Tips for summer riding

Thursday, August 09, 2018

When the weather is scorching hot like it has been in the UK for the past month and a half, it can make going for a long ride on your motorbike a sweaty and uncomfortable, not to mention potentially dangerous. Luckily though there are a few things you can do to get out and enjoy this rare warm summer weather on your bike.

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Although the thought of wearing thick protective layers under the hot sun is an unpleasant one –safety has to come first. We’d recommend wearing ventilated clothing made of moisture-wicking fabric underneath your leathers, to absorb sweat and help keep you cool. Although it can be tempting to wear shorts and a t-shirt, you don’t want to find yourself scraping the pavement with nothing to protect your skin. Specially-made ventilated riding gear will help keep you cool because once you start moving, air will come through the gaps.

Keeping hydrated during your ride is also something to think about. If you know you’ll be out on your bike for a fair few hours, a hydration pack can help you keep your fluids up for the duration of it – and always take an extra bottle if you’re travelling really long-distance, as breaking down in the summer heat in the middle of nowhere could be a disaster.

If you do overheat in the hot weather you may start to feel dizziness and fatigue, which can be dangerous for both yourself and others if you end up causing an accident. Taking a break to pull over and rest if you start feeling like you might have heat exhaustion will help you protect yourself and other road users.

Sun cream is another one which may seem obvious – but isn’t always high up your list of priorities when biking. To save getting ridiculous burn lines on the parts of you that are exposed to the sun, such as your neck or wrists, as well as to avoid painful burns, pack it with you on your journey.

And don't forget about the health of your bike, either!

As well as looking after your own physical health, it’s also important to keep your bike in good working order when the weather’s hot. Since the heat will make it work harder, it will consume more oil than usual so you’ll need to keep it topped up regularly to avoid damaging your bike.

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We hope these tips help you keep safe and enjoy the sun. If you want to make sure your suspension’s in top condition for all your summer riding, we can help, as we deliver the highest standards of servicing for all major brands of suspension. Take a look at the full list of the suspension services we offer to find out how we can keep your bike working in optimum condition.

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