No matter when you’re reading this, it’s either summer already, or summer is coming. Summer is prime riding season, but it’s also prime no-gear season for some riders. It might cost a little extra money, but did you know that wearing gear in the summer can help protect you from heat and dehydration as well as lessen the seriousness of injuries you might sustain in a crash? 

When you’re on a multi-day tour on your motorcycle, sometimes you just have no choice but to ride in hot weather. However, there are a bunch of things you can do to stay safe. Remember, overheating is dangerous, both for your bike and for you. If you ride an air-cooled motorcycle be careful to avoid congested city centers so that you are not stuck in traffic and risking overheating your engine. Riders can experience heat stress, in addition to bikes. Keep an eye out for things like dizziness, weakness, nausea, and muscle fatigue. Heat can kill you, so take care. 

Scroll through the slideshow and tell us if you learned anything. Then, leave your own tips for hot-weather riding! 

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