Beat the Heat: Summer Riding Hacks for the Adventurous Motorcyclist

Beat the Heat: Summer Riding Hacks for the Adventurous Motorcyclist

Summer brings the excitement of hitting the open road on your motorcycle, but it also brings the challenge of riding in hot weather. As a motorcycle rider and the founder of NBT Clothing, I understand the importance of staying cool and comfortable while prioritizing safety on the road. Here are some valuable summer riding hacks that will help you beat the heat and enjoy your rides to the fullest. Additionally, I'll highlight how NBT Clothing's lightweight and breathable riding flannel, hoodie, and aramid lined pants offer a great alternative to wearing heavy leather gear in hot weather. Let's get into these summer riding tips and explore the benefits of our gear.

Dress for the Heat: The Power of Lightweight and Breathable Gear

When riding in the summer, it's essential to wear gear that keeps you cool and protected. NBT Clothing's lightweight riding flannel, hoodie, and aramid lined pants are specifically designed to provide comfort in hot weather. These garments offer excellent airflow while the aramid lining ensures necessary protection. By opting for lightweight and breathable gear over heavy leather, you can stay cool and enjoy your rides without compromising safety.

Stay Hydrated: Beat the Heat from Within

Dehydration can quickly take a toll on your energy levels and concentration while riding. To beat the heat from within, make sure to stay hydrated. Carry a reusable water bottle and drink water regularly during your rides. Plan hydration breaks during long rides, especially in hot weather. Additionally, choose hydrating foods such as fruits and vegetables to eat before and during your journey. Cucumber and watermelon are my go-to's.

Optimize Ventilation: Making the Most of Your Gear

Maximize airflow through your gear to stay cool while riding. Take advantage of built-in ventilation features such as the Free Ridin' Flannel's mesh liner and strategic placement of aramid lining only in high risk areas in the License to Ride pants for maximum breathability. NBT Clothing's gear is designed to optimize airflow, keeping you comfortable even in the hottest conditions.

Time Your Rides: Beat the Heatwave

Plan your rides during cooler parts of the day to avoid scorching temperatures. Early morning or late afternoon rides can provide more comfortable riding conditions while still allowing you to enjoy the open road. By timing your rides strategically, you can minimize exposure to extreme heat and ride in more pleasant weather.

Shield Yourself from the Sun: Protecting Your Skin

Sun protection is crucial when riding in the summer. Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn and long-term skin damage. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, even on cloudy days. Choose a helmet with a built-in sun visor or wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun's glare. Consider incorporating lightweight sun sleeves and neck gaiters into your gear setup to provide additional protection against harmful UV rays. 

Stay Cool Underneath: Advanced Cooling Techniques

Discover innovative cooling techniques to keep your body temperature down while riding. Consider wearing an evaporative cooling vest or neckband. These items are designed to retain moisture and provide a cooling effect as the water evaporates. Another option is to wear specialized cooling base layers that wick away moisture and facilitate evaporation, keeping you cool and comfortable during your rides.

Choose Shaded Routes: Embrace Nature's Cooling Effect

Plan your routes to take advantage of shaded areas, such as tree-lined roads or routes near bodies of water. These natural elements can provide a refreshing respite from the heat. Riding in shaded areas not only keeps you cooler but also adds to the overall enjoyment of your journey. Seek out scenic routes that offer natural shade and a cooler riding experience.

Smart Packing: Lighten the Load

Traveling light can help minimize discomfort during summer rides. Only pack essential items for your ride, eliminating unnecessary weight. Utilize lightweight luggage options to keep your load as light as possible. Consider packing your gear strategically to improve airflow. Distribute weight evenly and avoid overpacking, allowing for better ventilation and reduced fatigue.

Take Breaks: Refresh and Recharge

Frequent breaks during long rides allow you to rest, rehydrate, and cool down. Plan your route to include stops at shaded areas, cafes, or scenic spots where you can take a break, relax, and recharge. Use these breaks to stretch your legs, cool off, and enjoy the surroundings. By incorporating breaks into your rides, you can improve your overall comfort and make the most of your summer riding experience.


Riding in the summer heat doesn't have to be a daunting challenge. By implementing these summer riding hacks, you can beat the heat and enjoy the thrill of motorcycling while staying cool and comfortable. NBT Clothing's lightweight and breathable riding flannel, hoodie, and aramid lined pants are specifically designed to offer a fantastic alternative to heavy leather gear, ensuring you have the right combination of protection and comfort. Embrace these tips, gear up with NBT Clothing, and make the most of your summer riding.

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