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07/10/2017
If you’re a motorcycle rider you’ve probably already planned your summer bike trip. If you’re going to be heading out across the southwest where the temperatures are hotter, you should consider taking some precautions to remain safe under the heat. The great thing about riding a motorcycle is that you can feel the air on your skin, smell everything, and get that sense of freedom that you just don’t get driving a car. There’s a downside to all that freedom and contact with nature, you are more exposed to the heat during the summer. No one likes the feeling of dehydration, especially when it puts your safety, and your fellow riders, in danger. You can ride your motorcycle all you like this summer, but you should follow these heat precautions Missouri Synthetics has enlisted for you.

Hydration is Key

Nausea, headaches, dizziness, cramping, extreme fatigue, and excessive thirst are all signs of dehydration. If ignored, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion, and even escalate into a heat stroke. The key is to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks, which restore electrolytes. Dehydration can make your body shut down and impair your senses, making you a menace on the road. If you start feeling any of the previous symptoms, pull over to rest, cool down, and get a refreshing drink.

Give Your Bike a Once Over

Before you hit the road, you need to be sure your motorcycle is ready to do it. Proper maintenance can prolong your motorcycle's life and ensure your safety. Check the tires and fill them up if they’re running low, or it might even be time to invest in a new pair. Inspect all bolts and clamps to see if they need to be tightened. Give your bike a synthetic oil change using AMSOIL Synthetic Oil. Remember that motorcycle oil performs various jobs within your bike, among them keeping the engine cool. Lubrication is key to good performance. Get all you need for a synthetic oil change by visiting AMSOIL’s online store. Don’t forget to refill all other fluids in your bike. To make it easier for you, you can also find them in their website along with other types of lubricants like motorcycle grease and antifreeze. You should learn a little bit more about synthetic grease and the other lubrication elements your bike needs. If you’re not into online shopping, call Missouri Synthetics at (816) 679-1599 to get personalized recommendations on which AMSOIL products to get in the Kansas City area. Remember to refill your gas tank the night before you’re meant to leave, if you’re taking a long trip. Take some time think about your bike’s fuel consumption and how far you can go before you need to refill the tank so you can plan ahead your stops. It would also be wise to carry some extra gas with you in case you run out in the middle of the road.

Wear Appropriate Gear

If you’re departing on a journey to hotter areas, your first instinct as soon as you feel the burning desert heat might be to remove your clothes. Surely some fresh air on your skin can help you cool down. Think again! Removing clothing layers is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing. The dry air sucks moisture out of your skin, the more of it you expose to the elements the worse you’ll feel…and don’t forget about sunburns. You must wear the right riding gear for long travels to hot and dry areas. Start by wearing something with a wicking base that allows better cooling. It will absorb sweat away from your skin. If you can, wear something that provides compression since it will allow better circulation and make you feel less tired. You can also wear a cooling vest to stay fresh. There are two types: one you soak in water before wearing and one you store in the freezer prior to wearing. Don your regular full- coverage apparel: gloves, pants, jacket, boots, and helmet. Just think that all those layers are protecting your skin and preventing dehydration. As for the parts of skin that will be visible, use sunscreen.

 Be Aware

Remember you're not the only person planning to hit the road this summer. The summer months bring an increase in traffic, which includes many over sized recreational vehicles. You must be very careful about how you drive and always be aware of your surroundings. Treat every road as if it were a new to you, even if it's the same one you take every day. While you might know the area perfectly, there's always the chance of unexpected road construction or accidents. Try not to drive during the hottest hours of the day (usually between noon and five p.m.) so you don't unnecessarily expose yourself to the heat.

For Your Bike Oil and Synthetic Oil Change Supplies Call Missouri Synthetics

Make sure that your bike is properly hydrated with AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oil and other necessary lubricants before you hit the road. Get everything you need for a synthetic oil change in the Kansas City area by calling Missouri Synthetics at: (816) 679-1599 or visiting their website. Remember safety above all this summer.
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