We all love going on long riding trips. It’s very therapeutic, but the downfall is sitting on our butts for long periods of time. It can get very uncomfortable, but there are ways to fix that. Here are some ways to stay comfortable during long motorcycle rides.
1. Stretch First
Stretch all your major muscle groups before you saddle up. If you attended gym class in high school, you should remember to hold your stretch for at least 30 seconds. Start by stretching your legs since they will be the first body part to cramp up on long rides. You want to make sure your hamstrings, groin, quadriceps and calves are feeling great before your trip. Your lower back, shoulders and neck are also important. If you don’t remember how to stretch these muscles, here is a guide to help you.
2. Stay Hydrated
Most people probably don’t think hydration is important when riding their motorcycle. On summer days especially, direct exposure to the sun, high temperatures and humidity all contribute to dehydration. Once you start to fatigue due to the heat, riding can get uncomfortable, and even dangerous. This is why you should drink as much water as you can handle before you set out on your ride. In fact, don’t even put on your riding gear until you’ve had a few glasses of water. And once you’re fully dressed, drink another couple of glasses. Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, soda pop and energy drinks. These will actually dehydrate you because the caffeine acts as a substance that pushes the water out of your system and dries you out.
A great way to keep hydrated throughout the day while riding your motorcycle, is by strapping on a hydration pack. These hook on to your back like a backpack, and contain a water reservoir with a straw so you can easily drink from it hands free. You can also pack your gear bags with plenty of bottled water, but this requires you to pull over and interrupt your ride every time you need to take a drink. Which ever method you decide to go with, will make your long rides a lot more comfortable.
3. Dress Accordingly
No matter if its raining or there’s nothing but sunshine, there’s proper gear to make you more comfortable. You want to wear something you can easily maneuver in, so you don’t turn into a stiff brick during your ride. Ventilated gear works well in the summer time, as it allows airflow to stream throughout your body. Overheating is very uncomfortable and you don’t want to rely solely on the wind to cool yourself off.
4. Move Around
Your bike could be more comfortable than your bed, but sitting in one spot for hours at a time is going to leave you with a soar behind. Often during a long distance ride, you’ll find yourself looking to move around in your seat. Whether you slide yourself back a few inches to stretch your legs out, or scoot up to place your legs on the rear pegs to change posture, it’s bound to happen at some point. Just make sure you’re safe about it. Don’t tap the handlebars off course or unintentionally jerk the throttle when you do so.
5. Take a Break
Make sure to take a break before you get tired. During this time, it’s good to stretch your legs again, and refill your body with water. This is also a good way to recharge yourself mentally. Taking your attention away from the road to relax and chill out could be just what you need to get your head focused on riding again.
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