Tips for Riding in the Desert
Riding through the desert is a lot different than riding through other terrain. Desert riding can be fun, but it can also pose a lot of dangers, the biggest of which is heat. Though most motorcycles are designed for heat, they’re not immune from breakdown. For this reason, it’s important that you are prepared for a breakdown and that you have the right motorcycle riding equipment on hand should one occur and, more importantly, the right knowledge.
Get the Right Gear
Your motorcycle may be your baby, but when out in the desert, your own safety should come first. You can protect yourself from the sand, sun and elements with the right gear, which should include:
- Mesh jacket
- Desert pants
- Face mask
You should also invest in a riding bag in which you can keep emergency essentials, such as water, food, flares, a tarp, sunscreen, matches and other things to protect yourself in the event that you’re left alone. Many online retailers sell Honda motorcycle apparel from aftermarket brands for cheap.
Know How to Respond in an Emergency
If you do get stuck, it’s imperative that you know how to respond. First and foremost, stay with your bike. Don’t try to search for shelter or salvation, because chances are, there is nothing near. If you must hike out, do so in the cool of the evening hours when you’re less likely to become dehydrated.
If you need water, DO NOT drink the water from your radiator. Locate a cactus and drink water from that. If you did bring water, ration it by only drinking a cup at a time when you’re really thirsty. If you’re not that thirsty but just need to wet your whistle, take a sip or two.
If you didn’t bring flares or matches, borrow oil from your engine and a spark from your battery or plug and light your seat or a tire on fire. Of course, if there’s brush around, use that instead.