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How can you stay safe on a motorcycle in the summer?

When you're riding in the sun for long periods of time, there's nothing worse than feeling unwell. That's why it's important to make sure you have the right gear for the conditions.

Touring in hot places like Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and other southern states poses a problem for motorcyclists. Many feel overdressed in protective clothing, but without it, they would be at a higher risk of injuries if they crash.

What should you do to make sure you stay safe on the roads this summer despite the heat?

First, make sure to drink plenty of water, regardless of what gear you end up wearing. Dehydration can quickly turn into heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Always bring more water than you think you need, so you can rehydrate on the go.

Another thing to do is to take time to plan a route. Plan stops along the way where you can cool off. Riding 20 to 30 minutes in warm gear is much safer than trying to go for hours; plan based on what you're wearing and the expected temperatures that day.

If you don't have summer gear yet, it's a good idea to invest in it. Instead of wearing less, it's better to cover your skin to prevent dehydration. As you sweat, the air blows it away and the sun causes it to evaporate. That means you cool down faster, but you also get dehydrated quickly. Cover up to prevent this. Some gear has mesh or ventilated features that help keep you cool even though you're covered up.

These are a few tips to stay safe on your motorcycle this summer. Dress properly, drink plenty of water and prepare your route in advance. If you're injured on the road, remember that another person's negligence can make him or her liable for your expenses.

Source: The Lost Adventure, "Beat the heat while motorcycle touring this summer," accessed July 19, 2017

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