With these BikerSOS tips you stay cool on the bike despite high temperatures!
Motorcyclists should always wear the full protective clothing even when going for a rideout in summer. Special equipment, enough liquid and good trip planning help to keep a cool head. Our tips for riding a motorcycle in the heat:
The Right Motorcycle Clothing in the Heat
Even if it’s not always easy: motorcyclists should not get on a motorcycle with jeans, sneakers and T-shirts, even on smaller tours and short distances. Those who do not wear full motorcycle protective clothing due to high temperatures risk severe abrasions and broken bones even in case of minor accidents.
Those who can not stand it in the heavy leather clothing at high temperatures, should resort to special summer clothing with protectors, which provides stability and a certain degree of protection.
Lightweight functional underwear guarantees enhanced comfort. Protective gloves and sturdy boots are also required for motorcycle rideouts in summer. Choose clothing in rather bright colors, these also serve for safety, so motorcyclists are more visible than other road users.
Flip-flops or sandals are not safe and therefore a no-go at the feet of motorcyclists. Sturdy footwear, about ankle-high in summer, is essential for safety. Otherwise even smaller accidents could cause serious injuries.
If you have a well-ventilated full-face helmet, you’ll keep your head cool even at high temperatures. Jet-helmets and flip-up helmets are also an airy alternative in summer.
Especially on hot days the right trip planning is important
On hot days, long-distance trips should be avoided. If you don’t want to renounce your motorcycle tour, you generally better get on your bike in the morning or in the evening. Take enough breaks, preferably every one to two hours, and put off some of the protective clothing so that your body can cool down.
During midday heat you should leave the motorcycle for a longer time. In the breaks, it is important to drink enough liquid, but by no means alcoholic drinks. Especially rich meals are not recommended, better are fruit or muesli bars.
Heat damage on the streets
In summerdays the road gets hot up to 50 degrees Celsius. This makes tar strips even more slippery than they are anyway. These black strips of tar sealer, which are meant to protect the road from the entrance of water, become really viscous at high temperatures. Another problem when the road gets too hot: “Blow Up” is the phenomenon of a cracked road surface. Particularly affected are old highways and road sections made of concrete and there, above all, joints, seams and sections, which are already weakened by repairs. So if drastic speed restrictions apply for no apparent reason: be sure to stick to it!
And beware: when it starts to rain after a long heat period, the road is very slippery. The dirt and tire wear that has accumulated in the dry season combines with the rain to a dangerous goo.
Overheating of the engine
The motorcycle itself does not have to be prepared for the heat. Problems can only occur with air-cooled engines. If you are stuck in a traffic jam or have a longer periods where you are stuck on the same place in the traffic, you should therefore switch off the engine, otherwise it threatens to overheat.
Our tip for more safety: Always activate the BikerSOS app before your ride and enjoy the road!