Honestly, Arizona is like a never-ending vacation, weather-wise. Jokes aside, it’s good to know that the sun will shine almost all year and that the temperature will never be too low. This is why Phoenix and Arizona are particularly good for bike trips. There’s just something magical when you ride in the desert through the sunlight and enjoy the sunset at the end of the day.
All this sounds great but still, sunny days take their toll on most vehicles and motorcycles are no exception.
That’s right. You probably know already, but your raging horse made of steel also needs to be taken care of in order to perform to its fullest.
We at Phoenix Towing know that motorcycle enthusiasts in Phoenix take care of their bikes, nevertheless, here are a few things you should check every now and then in order to ride into the sunset without any problems. However, if something does occur, give us a call!
We use professional motorcycle towing equipment, so your pride and joy will be in good hands.
While anything serious and complicated will eventually need professional assistance, there are a few things you can check in order to keep your motorcycle on the road even on the hottest days.
- First thing’s first – make sure that tire pressure is spot on.
- Check your motorcycle battery. Make sure it’s clean and properly mounted.
- Like with yourself, make sure that your bike is hydrated, meaning it has all the essential fluids which make it run properly. Oil and brake fluid should always be checked before going for a ride.
- Check for signs of wear and tear. The sand and other debris can also do a number on your motorcycle. While most of the problems might just be aesthetic, anything fishy might need to be inspected by a professional. It’s better to pay for a minor repair than for a major one.
Don’t forget, your bike might be in top shape, if you’re not, problems can occur anytime. Being in the sun for prolonged periods can cause headaches, nausea, confusion, and disorientation. Not to mention, when you’re exposed to the direct sun, heat, and wind, you lose water at faster rate naturally.
Feeling nauseous and disoriented on a bike, riding over 60 miles per hour on the interstate? Not a good combo…
Here are a few tips which can help you handle the heat better:
- Dress layered if it’s a little chilly. Even if it’s hot, wear your riding gear.
- Drink – pure water is the best if you want to keep yourself hydrated and drink ahead of your ride if it’s a longer one.
- Stay away from caffeine because it can push water out of your system. If you still need coffee, make sure to drink 8 ounces of water for every cup of coffee or soda you have.
- Cover your skin to minimize sun damage.
- Rest when you can. Stretch, move around.
Well, it looks like we’ve set you all up. If you utilize these tips, chances are, your bike and trips will be memorable, and all for the right reasons. If trouble does happen and you find yourself in need of roadside assistance, you know our number!