Hard to believe we are half way through June already. Seems like this Summer is passing me by and I still don’t have plans for
a long ride yet. The ride to Monterey up the PCH over Memorial Day weekend
scratched the itch for a good ride, but it is starting to wear off and I will
need another fix soon. (Click Here for
last week’s newsletter and the review
of the PCH ride.)
Even though we love riding the Black Hills, with Grandson #2
coming at the end of July, it looks like Sturgis is going to be out
of the question this year. So as I set here in front of Google Maps reminiscing
where we have been and where we want to go, I realized that we have done
virtually no riding in Idaho. This would be an option, but it is real hard to
beat good ole’ Colorado and Central to Northern California for exceptional
riding. Wisconsin is also a possibility, but that would require a little more
time than I have right now. Stay tuned. . .
I was going to do a follow up on the enforcement of the Jerome
noise ordinance this week, but after looking at the extended
forecast on Accuweather showing 16 of the next 25 days being over 109 degrees I
have decided to run a reminder article that I feel is very important to read
every Summer concerning dehydration.
Just last year I had a friend riding back from California in the
middle of the afternoon in July, he
started to feel a little woozy and before he could get stopped, passed out on
the shoulder of I-10 and the bike fell on him. A passing trucker saw what was
happening and stopped to pull the bike off of him and get him some water. He
banged up his head pretty good and was dangerously close to being in a very
serious life threatening condition if no one had stopped. If he had
recognized the symptoms of dehydration sooner, or prepared for that ride, he
probably wouldn’t have been in that position.
This article is told from a motorcycle riding point of view, but the condition is universal no matter what you are doing outdoors,
and should be of concern to all of us. Take a minute to read the following and
avoid this silent, but possibly deadly situation.
How to Avoid and Treat.
Well, we knew it was going to happen sooner or later.
Temperatures in the Phoenix area are now getting to over 110
degrees. This is no big surprise, we do live in the desert and it has done it
every year for the last 30 years that I have been here. But we do have to live in it,
ride in it and survive in it. The last one is the
most important and there is one very nasty silent enemy that you have to pay
attention to, especially if you are going to ride in it, and that is
dehydration. Every year I draw attention to this very
serious condition, and every year I get a note of thanks from someone who
benefited by this article. So whether we have lived here for 30 years or new to
the valley, it is good to be reminded that we need to be aware that it can
The following article
was done about 4 years ago recounting MY personal experience with
dehydration and it needs to be
repeated, especially with the
forecasted heat. I thought
I was a tough guy and this dehydration thing couldn't happen to me, but I was
wrong. It is very real
and can be very scary, especially if you are riding either as a rider or
passenger. Please read the following, follow the suggestions and be very careful
as we reach the extreme temperatures over the next couple of weeks.
One thing that we all have to pay
attention to and be extremely careful about this time of year is
dehydration. Dehydration is a loss
of water and important blood salts like potassium and sodium which can be very
serious, especially when riding a motorcycle. It occurs when the amount of water
in the body falls below normal, which, in turn, disrupts the balance of sugars
and salts (electrolytes) in the body. A lot of us, especially those that are new
to the area, don't really know that much about dehydration in general, and
certainly not as it applies to riding. I didn't know that much about it either
until about 5 years ago when Mr. Dehydration introduced himself to me as I was
riding South down I-17 just North of Rock Springs. He made a believer out of me.
It is one of those days that I won't soon forget, and it taught me a big lesson
about not getting into that situation again. I, like a lot of other riders, had
underestimated the impact of dehydration on my body.
I was heading back to
the Valley in the late afternoon heading into temperatures of about 109
degrees, which was of course much hotter on the Interstate. About 20 miles North
of Rock Springs I started noticing that I had cotton mouth so bad that I
couldn't have mustered up a spit for a $100 bill. A few miles later I noticed
that my sweat glands were no longer producing any sweat. My arms and face were
completely dry. Shortly after that I remember that I starting having blurred
vision, almost like I was seeing stars followed by a dizzy feeling and weakness
in my muscles, like I really wasn't in complete control. Not being an expert in
dehydration, or for that matter ever experiencing it before, I didn't know
clinically what was going on, but I had a pretty good idea that was what was
My immediate problem was, I didn't
have any water with me, and I was still about 15 miles from Rock Springs where I
could get some. The closer I got to
water the worse my symptoms were getting. More blurred vision, getting more
unsteady and weaker by the mile. It was like when I started going downhill
physically, it was a rapid decent and every mile I rode doing 75 mph in 107
degree temps with no windshield just seemed to be sapping every ounce of
moisture out of my body. I was almost to the point that I couldn't even swallow
and considered stopping and letting my riding buddy go get me some water. I
wasn't sure that I was actually going to be able to make it. But I decided to
focus while counting down each mile in hopes that I would soon get to
We finally made it to the gas
station next to the Rock Springs Cafe. For me, that old place had never looked
so good. It was truly an oasis in the desert. I promptly threw down
the kick stand and headed to the cooler to make my claim on the biggest bottle
of water I could find and downed it in two gulps. I followed that with a big
bottle of Gatorade. It wasn't long until I was starting to regain some of my
faculties while getting back to normal vision and able to think straight.
Needless to say, this put a little scare in me and I learned my lesson without
it turning ugly on me. Now when I am riding in the heat I pay attention to
maintaining hydration in my body.
Now, what should you do to avoid what
happened to me?
Here are some tips to keep yourself in
good hydration all the time and while riding.
1. Keep the direct sun off of
your skin. Wear a light colored
long sleeve shirt over your arms and a helmet or a bandanna on your head.
Exposing your skin to sun and wind is a double whammy that only increases fluid
loss from your body. Wear generous sunscreen on exposed areas. Your brain is
about 75 percent water, so anything you can do to keep your head covered is a
good thing. A helmet can go a long way in preserving fluids in your body when it
is extremely hot.
2. Pour water over your
shirt. A good way to create
a natural evap cooler for your body is to pour water over you arms, neck and the
front of your shirt. While you are riding this provides a cooling sensation for
3. Drink LOTS of water. You should be
drinking at least 8 ounces of water every hour when riding and probably more.
Sports drinks like Gatorade are also good as they replenish needed electrolytes
as well as fluid. Caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and soda pop, as well
as alcoholic drinks, should not be considered as alternatives for hydration. In
fact, caffeine and alcohol can actually contribute to
4. Drink water BEFORE you are
thirsty. Once you have gotten
to the point that your mouth is bone dry, you are on your way to dehydration. It
is best to drink a bottle of water before you take off for a
5. Take in more fluid than you are
losing. If you
are not making a trip to bathroom regularly, or your urine is a dark color, this
means you are not getting enough liquids in your body. This is something to pay
attention to daily, not just when riding.
6. A good idea for keeping you
hydrated while you are riding is a CamelBak Hydration System. This is a 70 ounce
pack that fits on your back with a tube that comes around for you to drink water
while you are riding. Click Here to view.
7. Symptoms of
dehydration: Thirst, Dry Mouth,
Dry Tongue, Fatigue, Dark Colored Urine, Infrequent Urination, Dry Skin, Rapid
Pulse, Dizziness, Blurred Vision. Here is a good link for Preventing Dehydration.
With the humidity being as low as
4% on a daily basis right now. Dehydration can come
upon you very quickly. Stay ahead of it by drinking plenty of water or sports
drinks. As you are taking trips in or out of the Valley area, be sure and take
water with you when you travel and make a note to drink some at every stop. Just
be aware, this could happen to
Tidbits and Updates:
Mrs. C’s Street Glide update:
As you might recall from a couple of weeks ago, I stripped down Mrs. C’s
new Street Glide and chromed the wheels, added chrome calipers,
chrome hand controls and just about everything else I could chrome. All of the
tin went into Chad at C.R. Designs for a fresh coat of
custom paint and is now done and ready to be put back on. It is hard to tell in
these photos, but this is a color called Molton Orange Effect. It is a red base
with a gold pearl over the top followed with clear. It then has candy apple red
graphics with a gold pin strip and a drop shadow. I will be putting it back
together this weekend and hopefully it will be at the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night presented by Law
Tigers for the last 2 Thursday nights. Click
Here for Photos of the new paint job.
The archives on Cyclerides.com
have been updated. If you want to review a past newsletter you can
go to the Archives to review. If you don’t remember when it was, type in a
keyword to use the Google search of the site. This will give you all the
possibilities available with that word. Click
Here to view.
Need something to do while staying out of the heat? See recent
photos that I have taken from rides and events on the Cyclerides.com Smug Mug
photo gallery. Plenty of Riding, Flying and Event photo’s and Video. Click Here to
Every Tuesday Night
Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night
in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog
Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge
patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it
as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the
inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s
everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and
drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at
1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and
check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details,
Map and Photos of the Mad Dog
Every Thursday Night
Where: Westgate City Center,
Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights
beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music,
Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
will enjoy Live Music with “Legend City”.
and drink specials include: Calico Jack's -
$3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House -
$7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer,
Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings
Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99.
Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of
Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50.
Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license.
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links
below to learn more about them.
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle
injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident
attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission
is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider
safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find
an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law
Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what
Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric
motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at
a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown,
AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha,
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click
Here for a list of our locations.
Saturday, June 16th
Harley-Davidson Indoor Bike Show
. Have a cool bike you want to show off?
This is the place to do it. We clear out the show room and display
your bikes inside where it is cool. The bike show is FREE to enter and
registration begins at 10 AM. Custom trophies will be awarded to category
winners. There will be Music – FREE Food – Raffles – Bike Wash – Father’s Day
Specials throughout the store on licensed Harley-Davidson products. 9 AM – 4 PM.
Show Special! Purchase a Harley Motorcycle and receive up to a $500 Gift Card
good towards Parts and MotorClothes Apparel. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N.
Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, June 16th
Harley-Davidson Hog & Dogs
. Take summer for a ride and head up to Buddy
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for Hogs & Dogs on Saturday, June
16th. Festivities will run from 11AM till 2PM and will include FREE food &
drinks on the misted patio, a bikini bike wash, and a great summer sale! Catch
up to 75% off Women’s leather jackets, gloves, and Men’s functional riding
jackets! Beat the heat this summer with sizzling deals at Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson, located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ or online at
www.anthemhd.com. For more information or questions call (623) 465-1122.
Saturday, June 16th
Harley-Davidson 12 Year Anniversary Party
. Join us from 9 AM – 6 PM as we
celebrate our anniversary open till close with: Our Anniversary
Special. Purchase a new or used Harley Motorcycle during our Anniversary Party
and receive up to a $500 Gift Card to use in Parts and MotorClothes apparel.
Also enjoy an Indoor Bike Show with Trophies, Live Band, Free Food, Raffles,
Bike Wash by the Chandler Harley Girls, Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting
Contest and More. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler,
Thursday, June 21st
* The family of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
* The JUMPSTART Experience.
* The pre-ride walk around – what you need to do before
* Custom helmet fitting and riding gear.
* How to pack for a weekend trip.
* Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen
PLUS: Light Food and Drink is provided, Raffle Prizes and
More, Representatives from T.E.A.M. Arizona will be on hand with rider course
You must RSVP for this event by calling 480-496-6800 or email:
Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler,
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