Sooner or later summer will eventually arrive and bring with it heat & sunshine. With the heat & sun comes the elevated risk of dehydration. It’s especially dangerous for motorcyclists because we may not feel it’s effects or feel thirsty right away.
The sun, heat & wind can drain the moisture from our bodies at a much faster rate than if we were simply standing or walking. Add to that our age and certain medications, and the rate & risk of dehydration elevates even higher.
You’ll know you’re becoming dehydrated if you experience things like thirst, less-frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue, light headedness, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth, or increased hear rate and breathing. Other than less-frequent urination, the rest of the symptoms are certainly NOT what we want to experience while riding.
The way to combat dehydration is simple: take your weight (in lbs.) and divide by 2. That’s how many ounces of water you should consume during a day of riding in the heat. Water is your best choice. Sport drinks are okay, but you may need to drink more to stay properly hydrated. Alcoholic & caffeinated beverages like soda, coffee and teas are diuretics and actually encourage fluid loss. So pack some water bottles and be sure to stop frequently for a water break.