Summer is just gearing up and now is the best time to hop on your bike and enjoy a ride. However, it's important to make sure you take the proper precautions to make sure the heat doesn't get the best of you. Lake of the Ozarks' best motorcycle dealer is here to give you tips on how you stay cool while riding your bike this summer:
1. Bring Lots Of Water
Water is vital for keeping the body cool, and it's needed for keeping your body working properly. When you get dehydrated your body will start to shut down, and you'll eventually crash. The worst part is that by the time you start feeling bad, dehydration has already set in, so it's important to stay hydrated to avoid potential problems. It's important to drink plenty of water before you take off and drink water every hour, especially in extreme temperatures. It may also be a good idea to get water with electrolytes if you're sweating profusely.
2. Dress Appropriately
It may seem weird to add on more clothes as the weather heats up, but any areas of skin that are exposed will be much harder to cool, as the sweat will evaporate from the air rushing over it at speed, which means you'll dehydrate faster. Our team at Surdyke Yamaha can help you pick out the perfect gear for riding in hot weather.
3. Include Stops To Cool Off
One of the best ways to cool off is by getting out of the heat into a cooler environment. A quick stop can help you ride longer even in the worst heat. If you're going on a long ride this summer, plan your ride along roads with lots of restaurants, convenient stores or other indoor attractions so you have plenty of places to stop. If it's in the 100s and you've got a two-hour ride before the next stop, you're putting yourself in unnecessary misery, not to mention danger. Plus, you may meet some interesting people stopping at small town convenience stores.
4. Know The Signs Of Dehydration
Your body will send you signals when it's dehydrated. They could include cramps, nausea, headaches, extreme fatigue, flushed or pale skin, dizziness and excessive sweating. If left unchecked, this could lead to heat exhaustion, which could send your body into shock. If you're feeling these symptoms, it's time to pull over and cool off, rehydrated and recover for as long as it takes. If heat exhaustion is left unchecked, it could lead to a heat stroke. When this happens, your cooling system shuts down and your body temperature could rise as high as 105 degrees. Don't let this happen to you and stay hydrated and take frequent breaks.
Summer is a great time to go on long rides, but it's important to stay safe in the heat. Lake of the Ozarks' best Yamaha dealer has many different products to keep you cool while on the road, and most importantly, having fun. Stop by our showroom in Osage Beach or 24/7 online at www.SurdykeYamaha.com.