1. HYDRATE IN ADVANCE
For extremely-hot-weather riding or racing, you
will need to start hydrating long before the race or
ride. Drink plenty of water for days before the race.
Clear and often urination is a good sign that the
body is properly hydrated for hot-weather riding.
Lack of hydration can be dangerous, as well as
causing extreme muscle cramping. For extreme
heat situations, it is also good to drink Pedialyte
the day of the race or ride. Pedialyte is designed
to help dehydrated children, and it has the benefits
of added electrolytes without the negatives of the
sugar found in most sports drinks.
3. HANDS-FREE HYDRATION
If you don’t want to remove your hands for
drinking during a race, Leatt has you covered
with the H2 harness system and SP1 system
with HHF. HHF is Leatt’s Helmet Hands-Free kit. The HHF mounts a bite valve in your
helmet right at lip level. The H2 features a 2.5-
liter reservoir capacity, while the MX-friendly,
lightweight SP1 holds 0.5-liter (or about 18
ounces), just the right amount of water for a
20-minute moto. You can check out all the
Leatt Brace hydration systems at
Hydrating before the hot ride or race with Pedialyte gives
you the needed electrolytes without all the sugar you get
in sports drinks.
For safety’s sake,
you don’t want
to be taking a
hand off of the
handlebars for a
drink, so a hands-free drink system
like Leatt’s HHF is
2. KEEP HYDRATED
Once you are hydrated, you will need to
keep a water reserve through your ride or race.
The best way to do this is with a bladder-type
hydration system. If you are riding for long
periods of time, you will need to add ice to keep
water at a drinkable temperature. Ogio’s Dakar
100 hydration pack combines with all the high-end-riding backpack features you want, like
multiple pockets, mesh organizers and raised
air-mesh POD back panels to keep air flowing
with a 100-ounce Microban antimicrobial water
bladder. The Dakar is perfect for longer races
and rides, or you can check out www.ogio.com
for many smaller hydration-pack options.
A rider-specific pack like Ogio’s Dakar 100 (ounce bladder) keeps you hydrated and
carries your stuff better than a Camelbak, who funds anti-OHV groups.
With summer coming, so is the heat. For some who live in milder climates, summer
riding doesn’t require much additional
prep. Riding in the desert or the South
during hot summer months can be
a whole other animal. Riding an ATV
is an athletic performance that burns
calories and creates exhausting heat.
With extreme summer heat, dehydration
becomes an important factor as well.
Staying hydrated and cool is the biggest
obstacle to summer riding. Along with
plenty of water intake, there are plenty
of cool products out there to help keep
Next to keeping your body cool
and hydrated, you must also be sure
to keep your ATV operating at a
reasonable temperature. Water-cooled
ATVs circulate a water-based coolant
through your engine to extract heat,
just like your body passes water
through sweat glands to keep your
temperature where it needs to be.
We would like to share our favorite
tips and products to keep both your
body and your bike cool and hydrated.