How To Overcome Fatigue On Motorcycle Rides

It goes without saying that riding a motorbike is more physically demanding than driving a car. Fresh air and undulating roads can be so calming that they might cause lethargy and a potentially passive approach to riding your motorbike. You might believe you can’t fall asleep, whether on a short or long trip, but many people have. About 24% of all motorcycle crashes are associated with fatigue. So here is how to overcome weariness when riding a motorbike

Physical conditioning is non-negotiable 

You may be comfortable with your motorbike until you ride it daily or take three-hour trips on most weekends. After a full day or two of riding, you will become painfully aware of the muscles you exercise daily. You may alleviate some discomfort by correctly adjusting your bike and installing components that improve your comfort, such as a decent aftermarket seat or cushion. Aside from modifications, you must allow your body to adapt. Taking breaks every 60 minutes will help you acclimate, especially during the first several days of a lengthy ride.

Invest in motorcycle safety equipment

Extended exposure to wind and sun dehydrates and fatigues you far more than a typical weekend excursion. Riding without suitable clothing with a tank top and open-face helmet may appear to be the greatest way to deal with the heat, but it will actually tire you out and heat you up faster than putting on a vented mesh jacket. Moreover, a full-face helmet or an open face with a face shield/visor shields your face from the wind. This allows sweat to remain on your skin, cooling it in areas where wind flow is decreased but not eliminated. Properly covering yourself will significantly minimize the fatigue caused by sunburn and windburn. A windshield on your motorbike will also lessen and alter the wind flow against your body. So consider getting durable brands such as Harley windshields for your motorcycle.

Get enough rest

Adequate sleep might be difficult to obtain before and throughout a multi-day trip. Increasing your sleep hours the week before leaving is the best practice to help you start the day stronger and better prepared. Admittedly, the first few nights of your travel may not give you quality sleep due to unfamiliar surroundings, tired muscles, and, if camping, weather conditions. But you will get used to it soon. Also, avoid taking alcohol as a sleep aid; it affects both the quantity and quality of sleep. Experts say you will experience ‘tired times’ during each 12-hour cycle, commonly between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. You might want to plan on stopping for an early dinner. If you are exhausted, take a day or two off to rest, relax, and catch up on your sleep.

Make sure you have a clear sight

On longer journeys, vision acuity might sometimes be an issue. Significant distortion in your windscreen, visor, or eyewear might make you feel dizzy and weary or even create headaches. If your windscreen causes this issue, or you have an optically poor face shield/visor or sunglasses, find a replacement and solve the problem. If your eyesight has altered to the point that your prescription is no longer appropriate, get an evaluation and a remedy before leaving.

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