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07/10/2017
Now that the weather is ideal for motorcycle riding, prepare your bike for a summer ride with these tips, including a synthetic oil change using ASMOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil.

How to Make Your Summer Motorcycle Rides as Safe as Possible

Every season presents new challenges for motorcycle riders. Summer is no different and can make motorcycle riding quite uncomfortable due to the extreme temperatures and scorching sun. To help you stay safe during your motorcycle trips this season, follow these simple tips.

Open the Vents

If you're looking for the most comfortable summer gear, look for items that include vents. You may already own a helmet or even a jacket that includes vents, but the trick is to have these open while you're out riding. Many people forget to open these before heading out and therefore don't get to reap the benefits of a ventilated helmet or jacket. Once you open the vents, you can be sure you'll get better airflow, helping you keep cool under the hot summer sun.

Cool Down with Some Water

If you're taking longer rides on your motorcycle, you will start the feel the effects of the heat on your body. After a long time on the road, your body temperature will definitely rise quite quickly. The best thing you can do is take breaks that allow you to get out of the sun. While taking a break, throw some water on yourself to help cool down your body. Although the effects of this will feel quite short lived, they can actually help regulate your body temperature as the water evaporates. If you don't want to get your gear all wet, you can also throw a wet towel over your head.

Keep up with Maintenance

Chances are you gave your motorcycle some in depth maintenance after taking it out of winter storage, but there's still more to be done. If you're a daily rider, daily inspections are a must. These don't have to be too complex, just simple visual inspections of important components. Weekly inspections should be a bit more in depth and include a wash and dry. Monthly inspections are where you should really take your time to inspect all the systems for issues and get these serviced before getting your bike back on the road. Use this T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist to prepare your bike before all of your rides. Prepare your motorcycle with a synthetic oil change in Montgomeryville. Contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 for help finding the perfect synthetic motorcycle oil. They can recommend products like AMSOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle OilYou can also browse their online shop any hour of the day from the comfort of your own home.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion

To stay alert and tackle a good amount of hours on the road, the key is to stay hydrated. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages as these can cause you to dehydrate faster. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you and take as many water breaks as you need to feel at your best. If you're worried about heat exhaustion, there are a few signs to look out for in order to prevent it. If you're getting cramps, feeling nauseous, have a headache, and are feeling extremely fatigued, dizzy, and sweating heavily, pull over and hydrate yourself. Not only will these symptoms put you in danger on the road, they can also lead to more severe issues associated with heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Wear the Proper Gear

No matter how hot temperatures get, there is no reason you shouldn't wear the proper motorcycle gear. Even if you're worried about sweating under a jacket and long pants, these are necessary to protect you from the sun and other road dangers. To stay a bit cooler, invest in light colored clothing that will help reflect the sun. As mentioned earlier, invest in gear that includes vents so that are can circulate through your clothing and helmet. It's best to invest in summer gear that is made of lighter fabric but that can still keep you safe from road rash. Remember that you don't have to use the same gear all year round.

Find the Best Riding Hours

To stay comfortable on your motorcycle, strategically plan out your riding hours. Ideally, you should concentrate your riding hours in the morning before the sun is out at its fullest. Some of the worst hours to be on the road are from noon to five because of the intense sun and heat. The early evenings once the sun has started to set are also good riding hours. You will have to be more careful as visibility won't be as great, but the road will be cooler. For motorcycle road trip inspiration, check out these ideas.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Montgomeryville

To find the right oil for your ride, contact the experts at Synthetic Oil Direct. Reach them at  (215) 834-8720 to get recommendations. Check out their online shop for a full range of their products.
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