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Riding In The Heat

A nice ride in the sun is always the dream for most bikers. Nothing can compare to a nice day while riding your bike, but the sun can be as much a friend as it can be an enemy. When you are riding in the heat you should really take some precautions. Having some of this stuff will help you survive the harsh environment of the world during the summer time. Check out what you need to have on hand to live to tell the tale of sunshine!

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Now your skin is not actually plates of armor, even when it simulates it after being burned multiple times. Even though we like to think that our skin can naturally take the heat, it has been shown through science that it doesn’t. That is unless you apply some sun block to save it and if you don’t then you are going to get some bad cancers down the road. If you are tempted to ride without a jacket, use a vest at least, because your torso houses your organs which can be very important to living.

Keeping Cool

Your bike can easily over heat out there and if it doesn’t you surely can as you are riding right on top of it. One way to make sure you can still drive your bike without passing out is to wear a helmet that allows for air flow around your head. Also, making sure your noggin has some kind of cool compress will help.

Hydrate

Water is important to you and your machine. Keeping a few jugs on the bike for just in case overheating occurs can save you during your trip, and using a camel back for yourself will allow you access to water without having to use your hands.

What Bike Works For you?

When you are looking at motorcycles you tend find yourself submerged into a world filled with so many of the same thing it can be mind boggling. As a beginning rider you can find so many different styles of motorcycle but you should really buy the one that is right for your lifestyle, not just because it is cool looking; though that should be heavily considered. Here are some thoughts to go over when you are browsing for a motorcycle!
Daily or Weekend?
Are you going to get a bike for a weekend jaunt or a daily rider that will save you fuel between your home and your office? If you are looking for a weekend warrior package, you should keep an eye out for the more custom bikes. Hogs are a blast on those sunny days when you go riding with your friends. If you need a daily rider, you are going to want something that supports a higher sitting position for maximum comfort. Leaning looks cool, but your back and legs will become very uncomfortable if you use it every day.
Speed or Cruise?
If you are looking to go riding on a great day but you don’t care about when you get there then a cruiser will be the best way to get around. Hogs are a great looking bunch and they evoke that old school styling that makes bikes look eternally cool. They have pep but they won’t rip your head off if you hit the throttle. If you are looking for something that will break the sound barrier you should look at the foreign bikes. Stuff from Europe or Asia will satisfy your need to fly and push yourself to the ragged edge.

Storm Riders: Safely Riding in the Rain

For a very long time the advice was consistent and clear; riding a motorcycle in the rain was a very bad idea. The truth is, it was a bad idea for a number of reasons, not the least of which were decreased visibility, and a severe lack of traction, not to mention that it can be quite uncomfortable and cold to ride in wet weather. Innovations in tire technology, bike balance, and rain gear have made wet riding, if not as easy as dry riding, at least not quite as dangerous.

Traction. Recent years have seen true advancement in tires developed for two wheel riding. Unlike car tires, bike tires have particular traction needs; they need to remain pliable. Heat helps with this, but in wet conditions, the pavement is often cooler than would be optimal. Regular “sport touring” tires, however, can provide 90% traction at cooler temperatures. They’re designed for changing street weather conditions. Michelin has just added a feature to their online presence where they invite riders to discuss the pros and cons of Michelin tires. Sites like this, a kind of Amazon review for bike tires, may prove a great resource.

Visibility & Comfort. Innovation in rain gear for all manner of sports has led to great improvement in motorcycle rain suits. Water-resistant nylon, gortex, and even neoprene are showing up in riding gear for wet weather. Many suits are unisex and sport bright color blocking in reds and oranges so you can be easily seen in gray and rainy conditions. There are even some that come with reflective yellow striping like one would see on road workers’ vests, and nearly all include a hood of some sort.

The other part of visibility is the rider’s ability to see in the rain. Steering clear of over-spray, especially on highways, is important, but one of the biggest issues riders face is helmet fogging. Helmet shields fog due to simple thermodynamics. When a rainstorm hits, the barometer drops and so does the exterior temperature. When the air inside the helmet is warmer than the outside air, it’s just like a car windshield, except no defroster is available. What is, however, is the preventative step of using a glass defogger spray on the viewing shield. Glasses wearers should make sure they use it on their lenses as well.

No matter what, though, if the rain is sheeting down and visibility is zero, do the smart thing and pull off the road until the storm subsides. Happy Riding!

The Open Road

We all go toward it with a sense of adventure brewing in our minds. It’s the reason why we ride our motorcycles down that black top toward the horizon, but there are a lot of factors to think about when you are on the road. It’s usually the stuff we don’t think about when we are around civilization, but when you are somewhere on the 2, between the middle and nowhere, you should keep these supplies in mind.

Tools
We all love our bikes, but they can break on us when we are going on a long term journey. The tool sets that are built for motorcycles are made for the specific purpose of hanging on the bike itself which helps to save room. The tools you use in your tool set should work specifically for the bike you are riding, as having tools that do not do that is really stupid.

Saddlebags
Probably one of the coolest accessories you can get for a bike, and for road trips, they are vital. You will find that if you don’t start off on the road with these you will have a bad time keeping any change of clothes or food since motorcycles do not have that much space. They are storage that you can control and take with you when you are passing out for the night. Also, they can make you feel like it’s the old west, which is always cool.

Climate Resistance Gear
We mean clothes. You shouldn’t wear full leather garb in 90 plus degree weather nor should you wear a vest and shorts at 30 degrees. Having a backup plan for your clothing choices will mean you will be comfortable and safe at the same time. Planning ahead will make your journey fun and one you will never forget.

When The Worst Happens

When The Worst Happens

We all have that moment in the back of our minds. When we are riding, letting the road glide underneath us, while our engines roar into the sunset we have that notion itching the back of our heads. If the moment comes, if that car comes around the corner, what do we need to do? Accidents happen every day, and if you are not prepared for this possible outcome, you are going to be sorry or dead. Not to get morbid about this, but let's face it, motorcyclists tend to not fair well in accidents involving themselves and a three ton vehicle.  
Choose your Times and Locations Carefully
Driving in the rain may sound like fun, but it's very dangerous. So is driving at night in areas that have moose and deer, driving without proper lights or on damaged roads, and so on. The best way to survive an accident is to avoid it in the first place. 
Wear Safety Gear
Yes, this is the basic thing you can do, but plenty of riders out there do not even toss on a helmet. There are so many different devices that are built to keep you in one piece. Items like an airbag for your neck, knee pads, and armor built into the jackets we wear are all here to keep us alive. Use them and a helmet and you'll have a better chance of walking away from an accident.
Know When To Lay It Down
Laying down your bike is one of the worst feelings a rider can have because it will cause some damage; but of course in some circumstances the alternative is you being dead. Laying down a bike has saved many a riders life because when an accident is coming your way you are better off being away from it and sometimes that might even mean leaving your bike behind. 
Go Limp
Do not tense up when you are about to hit the pavement. This is the hardest thing anyone can do because your natural instinct is to brace yourself, but you are only inviting pain and damage by doing this. A limb that is loose is more than likely able to distribute the momentum being applied to it and moving that force around as much as possible is very important. If a stiff limb hits something, the point of most resistance will take the brunt of it, and that means broken bones.