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Motorcycle Riding in Extreme Heat and Surviving in the Desert

  • By cannonball

Planning to ride across Death Valley in July? Most modern bikes are pretty tolerant of hot weather, as long as you keep them moving so there’s airflow over the radiator or cooling fins. Riders are a different issue, but there’s plenty you can do to stay cool.
First, wear textile clothing instead of leather. You can wet it down, and the evaporative cooling from the windstream can keep you from cooking in your own juices. Even better, pack some ice into your jacket’s pockets—it will lower your temperature, and as the ice melts, it wets down the rest of your garments. If you do wear leather, look for a jacket that features zip-open vents or perforated leather panels.


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