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post #1 of 6 Old 07-19-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Be careful in the HEAT!

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Wanted to make sure everybody was being attentive to their body during the heat. We are in our third day of above 30 temperatures with humidex numbers in the 40s.
Yesterday for the third day, I got home from my ride with a headache and feeling awful. Yes, I was dehydrated and my brain(what is left of it) was cooking.
I spend an hour with a jacket, helmet, gloves and jeans on outside in weather when it is way more comfortable to be in an AC car or office. And my body didn't like it.
It was so bad, I opened my jacket half way and flipped up the face on my helmet, :bom_dunce2:
Made no difference, the air felt like I was sitting in front of a heater on high.
So hydrate, stop often and hydrate more. Two bottles of gatorade mixed half with water, got me to a point where I didn't want to lay down and die.
Be careful and pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Took the train today AC and got a nap in on the way to the office.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-19-2013, 01:57 PM
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Very good advice.

It's been wicked hot here all week in northeast Wisconsin this week too with temperatures above 90F and high humidity.

Since I'm ATGATT my bike has remained in the garage and I've taken the car to work.

As much as I love riding a bike, sometimes it's just not enjoyable. And this week was one of those times.

I'm originally from Ontario (Sarnia then Hamilton then Toronto then Ottawa then USA) and my family there has been not too pleased with the heat either.
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I got home from my ride with a headache and feeling awful. Yes, I was dehydrated
...and your brain wasn't working at full efficiency due to the dehydration. To be careful out there and keep all those brain cells working for your safety.

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I ride all summer in phoenix where our temps are topping 115F (46C) some days this time of the year. My weekend rides are typically no longer than 3 hours and I leave the house at 6:00 and am with temps around 86F/30C and it's around 100 (37) when I get home.

Hydration is key. Drink lots and drink often. I'm actually comfortable at 100/37 so long as I'm in motion, I could ride all day in this kind of heat and sometimes do.

Is this 1115/46 stuff that is overwhelming.

Bring water with you and drink lots before you leave and anytime you stop.

Wear mesh riding jackets for good airflow. I put the adjustable lip down on my windshield so I get a nice face full of wind.

If you are on a pleasure ride dip your t-shirt in cold water and wear it, if the shirt dries soak it again.

Just be sure to have water on you and drink lots.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-19-2013, 02:45 PM
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I started a a thread on this very subject earlier this month:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...iding-tip.html

I learned a lot from what happened to me to spark the thread and a lot from posts people left in the thread.



I have been riding every day since I got back from Greece in June, and at least 160 km per day (as that is basically my commute.) My wife and I have gone out for rides every weekend.. Killarney., Bancroft, etc. as well and some evening rides.

We have made sure we got ourselves Gatoraide and just yesterday my wife found some stuff that you put in water to provide the minearls needed. Havent tried it yet but wil over the weekend.

I had to go up to Newmarket after work yesterday after work. Traffic was very slow on the 400. it took me a good 25 0r 30 minutes just to get to Teston (where I get off the 400) from hwy 7 and my therometer was saying temepratures around 38c when moving (the fresh black pavement sure didn't help!) I had my Two Piece Roadcrafter on with shorts and T underneath. Yup, warm when stopped but fairly okay for me when moving (pants are warm though.)

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Hey Tom!

I just joined the forum, I see you are from Port. I'm down the road in Hampton. I just bought a 650. We should hook up and you can show me how to ride one of these beasties. I ride with the CMC Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers out of Clarington.

Have a great one!
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