It's time to beat the Missouri heat! If you're haven't tried riding in the Midwest during the summer, you're fortunate. Some states like Missouri offer the type of humidity that will have you confused about whether you just stepped outside or into a sauna. However, even with the summer's heat waves, you can still enjoy riding your motorcycle around town. We have gathered a few tips that will help you do so safely.
Make sure that you wear the right leather to protect your body when you're taking on the highway with a bike. Having on the right gear is important for more reasons than just comfort. Did you know that hitting the ground with your bare skin at 20-mph can take your skin to the bone? Safety is no joke. Keeping covered with the right leather products will allow your skin to breathe and protect it at the same time. Full textile, non-mesh jackets are for sale at places like Gateway Harley-Davidson. Pieces such as the Held Carese II Jacket offer wet weather capability with well-placed closable vents. The Macna Dry Cooling Vest or the Harley-Davidson Hydration Vest are also options that will keep your skin cool on especially hot days. Check out our motorclothes inventory and talk with a professional about your options!
You never know what can happen, so it is essential that you bring water, snacks, and emergency supplies – just in case. A good rule of thumb is to consider how far you are going. If you know you're about to embark on a cross-country road trip in the summer, then you should stock up on some essential supplies. Keep your ride balanced but ensure that you have everything you need. If you have questions about motorcycle-specific things to bring, you can always contact the professionals at Gateway Harley-Davidson for advice!
Let our service department in St. Louis, MO inspect your vehicle before you head out! Our certified motorcycle techs can look over the tire pressure, brake hoses, fluid levels, lights, and the kickstand before your outing. We also recommend that you check the oil level regularly because just like a car, your bike needs to keep a clean engine. The spark plugs and the air filter are also components that need a quick inspection. Your bike will remain ready for the road with our monthly inspection. We will happily check it out for you!
Ditch the caffeine and alcohol on hot days, as they make you even more dehydrated. If the heat wave seems pretty serious, bring some water with you and be sure to sip a ton of it prior to riding. You'll be sweating so you want to ensure that you replace what you lose! One might even consider a dehydration pack. Brands like Camelbak create dehydration packs that make it easy to sip while you ride! Have questions? Contact us and we'll talk about different options
It's worth it to go riding in the summer – just make sure that you're safe while you're doing it. Stressing motorcycle safety is essential. If you have any questions about prepping your bike for summer, stop by our location in St. Louis, MO and we will happily assist you.