Summer Riding Tips

Editor@Throttle|Updated: April 25, 2017 9:17
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With the temperatures soaring high in most parts of India and the best time to set out and ride due to vacations, Throttle Team gives some valuable tips to ride in summers.

 
Dress properly and cover your skin
 
Your skin gets damaged and burned quite soon as it is in direct contact with sun rays. You may be tempted to ride around in shorts and a T-shirt but make sure that you wear full-length clothes that cover as much exposed skin as possible. Wear light riding jackets to stay cool. Also wear riding gloves as it will prevent your hands from heat. Wearing the right kind of safety gears will keep you protected.Wearing a cotton T-shirt underneath the jacket will help in absorption of sweat.
 
Keep yourself  hydrated
 
Riding in heat for long hours and being exposed to sun can make you dehydrated. Make sure you drink ample amounts of fluids and are not dehydrated at any time.
 
 
Plan to start early in the mornings
 
Riding through the day in the summers can be a real test on the body. So to ease up that stress it is better to start up early in the morning. That way you can ride through the morning when there is hardly any traffic anywhere you can munch up miles with superb ease and also the heat is really pleasant allowing you to ride in a relaxed manner rather than sweat it out in the afternoon sun. Also plan for proper breaks in between your ride time.
 
 
Keep a check on your bike fluid levels
 

Engine oil is the hardest hit, and must be checked at the end of every day for long trips. Coolant level is also critical, as that is the only thing stopping your engine from overheating and potentially killing itself.One more area that needs to be looked after would be the chain. In hot weather, chains become dry much more quickly as compared to normal conditions. Keep it thoroughly lubricated and tight. A good idea would be to walk around your bike every time you stop, check all the fluid levels, chain tension and lubrication, and just look for anything out of place.

 

Get a dark visor for your helmet

 

A dark visor is great to keep your face evenly colored. Some people wear balaclavas, but the problem with that is it won’t cover your entire face, some part of the nose always remains exposed.