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Stay Cool While Riding

It’s August and everyone is screaming about the heat in many parts of the USA. Hot weather is serious business. As much as we have dreamed about these summer days, we weren’t asking for this extreme heat that we are feeling in the USA and other parts of the world! Normally, we would be telling you to stay super cool, like, as in, wear your favorite pair of KD’s or XKD’s. But before we do that, let’s remember a few of the basics for that hot summer ride.

1. Ride in the cooler part of the day. Really. Don’t underestimate the power of the sun and heat. That may sound obvious; however, many people start out on a ride thinking, “I can handle it” or “I’m not going that far” and then things change quickly. You certainly don’t want to start feeling woozy on a motorcycle. The last thing you need is to have to pull over on the side of the road in the blistering heat because you feel sick. Preventing this situation is the priority, so think about the time of day you leave the house.

2. Dress for the slide, not for the ride. Always. In other words, don’t be tempted to wear shorts and a tank top to stay cool when riding. There are many options for cool riding gear. There are even cooling vests that have pockets that go in the freezer, so they are ready for the ride. Pants are available for men and women riders that can help keep you cool as well as protect you. Ask your favorite motorcycle dealer! If price is a factor, remember to check out thrift shops, too. You’d be surprised at the good quality, gently used clothing that can end up in the thrift stores, especially in larger cities. It is possible that you will find just the right item for you.

3. Plan your stops. This one is important if you have to make that longer ride during the day. Anticipate. Think about your route. Where can you re-hydrate with food and water, especially water. Is there a convenient store, or maybe, a friend or family member’s house where you can rest along the way? You probably know to take water along for the ride but stop to replenish your supply. Sometimes the difficult part of this whole thing is remembering to do this in advance, when you are not yet thirsty. On piping hot days, this becomes even more important.

4. Some drinks don’t count as hydration. You already know: As good as that ice cold beer or coffee mocha freeze sounds, they can actually cause more dehydration. I’m just thinking this through with y’all and repeating what all those health experts tell us. I think the key here is to make sure you drink lots of water to help balance your other favorite beverages.

5. Use good judgment. You know what I mean. Don’t let your enthusiasm and the joy of the ride take over your decision-making skills. No one wants to end up on the 6:00 p.m. evening news as a cautionary tale.

OK, now that’s over let’s talk about those super cool KD’s for a moment. Those of you who are KD sunglass fans love them for many reasons. They protect your eyes while remaining secure on the face, the skinny arms fit comfortably under a helmet, and the lens choices are many. Another reason to add at this time of year is they have no padding that can make you sweat. Even those who prefer padded sunglasses know what I’m talking about: In hot weather, the padding can make you feel sweaty and make the sunglasses feel a little sticky.

So, if you haven’t tried the #1 Selling Biker Sunglass in the World, maybe now’s the time. Be safe, be seen and enjoy the ride.

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