Greetings LocalMotoHub member!
Looks like some more HOT weather is coming. Hope this isn't keeping you off the road but please remember to be aware of the safety hazards related to riding in extreme heat. It's important to stay cool, covered, and hydrated. When the outside temperature is less that your body temp, keep your vents open. Even temps in the mid-90s will allow some ventilation, but once the outside temp is greater that your body temp it's better to keep the outside temperature out.
Exposed skin absorbs heat and risks sunburn - stay covered and be aware of the exposed parts like glove opening on the back of the hand. Few things can ruin a trip like a severe sunburn.
Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water to replenish what is lost. A good rule of thumb is to drink a pint of water an hour and stay away from caffeine, carbonation, sugary drinks and alcohol.
Most important is to be aware of symptoms like leg cramps, tired muscles, headaches, dizziness, and cool, clammy skin. These symptoms are your body's way of trying to tell you how overcooked you're getting. Excessive heat WILL alter your mental state and can kill you.
You can find a lot of information related to riding safety. One I would suggest is http://www.soundrider.com/archive/safety-skills/when_youre_hot.htm.
For those travelling with an iPhone, Allstate Insurance just released a (free) app, Good Ride
. This app provides the ability to track your journey on a map, upload images, and share the information. The app also offers the ability to log maintenance - currently on only one bike (what's up with that?), get local weather reports, and a quick reference of each state's motorcycle laws (complete with disclaimers) . Have only used it for two short trips but so far find it well worth the price! Click here
for more details.
Here's a cool video sent in by one of our members - thanks Emmy. The video is of a 1950's Italian Police Motorcycle Drill Team
. Check it out it's pretty impressive - I wonder what brand of motorcycles they are riding, anyone have any ideas?
Safety Tip - Be CAREFUL of snakes - not the slithering ones but the ones made of tar.
This is the goo (technical term) that road crews use to fill cracks in the pavement. As the temperatures increase the sealer expands and can come out of the crack causing an addition obstacle to avoid.
Even when the sealant stays in place it is still a hazard since it is slicker that the surrounding pavement. Road departments in different parts of the country use different crack sealer compounds all with differing amounts of added abrasives which means some are more slippery than others - with the cheapest crack sealer providing the least amount of traction. Since motorcycles are the travelling minority when it comes to road usage and with governments cutting costs, it's most likely you'll encounter the "cheaper" compounds during your travels.
Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com
for a complete list of local events.
Sat/Sun July 23/24 Championship Cup Series Racing, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, WI.
Sun July 24 Quadrophenia Ride and Movie, Scooterworks, Chicago, IL.
Sun July 31 Shelter a Child Motorcycle Run, Palatine, IL - proceeds support programs and services for abused and neglected children in the Northwest Suburbs.
Sat Aug 6 Rockerbox, Milwaukee, WI - motorcycle show and street party.
Mon Aug 15 Sportbike Track Time - South Haven, MI. Sponsored by Motoworks Chicago. Improve your riding skills and have a GREAT experience working directly with Sportbike Track Time coaches. Space is LIMITED!
Organized event not your thing? Longing for the open road? Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com
for suggestions on places to ride. Here are suggestions from our members:
Looking for a GETAWAY? How about taking the Red Arrow Highway into Southwest Michigan
and Michigan's beautiful beachtowns?
For a day trip there's scenic Glacial Park - Ringwood, Illinois.
A special welcome to our newest sponsor, AMSOIL Dealer - Premiere Synthetics and More
for helping to make this newsletter possible.
When you take a ride or attend an event - let us know by adding new entries or commenting on existing destinations, roads, or the event you attended.
To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks! If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS
Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!