(Main picture Fernande and Jeff get ready to hit the road from Clare’s Harley Davidson® of Niagara)
It’s been a hot but beautiful August in Niagara so far!
If part of your summer fun includes hitting the roads on a motorcycle, it’s important to pay particular attention to the heat factor so that you can ride safely says expert Liz Jansen.*
“Exposure to direct sun, heat and the wind all increase the rate at which we lose water naturally through perspiration and breathing, so the onset of heat exhaustion can be insidious. But, the good news is a few easy steps can help you stay well hydrated when riding in hot weather!”
Jansen’s top tips:
- Wear light coloured clothing – including your helmet
- Layer your clothing so you can adjust as the temperature changes
- Drink plenty of fluids – pure water is best
- Start drinking well ahead of your ride – the effects of dehydration are cumulative
- Install a cup-holder or use a hands-free Camelback. You can also store it in the tank bag rather than on my back and it works just fine
- Stop frequently to rest, stretch, move around, drink water and cool down
- Start riding earlier and avoid riding during peak heat times
- Know the signs of dehydration: less frequent and darker urination, fatigue, headache, dizziness and cramps. Also, if you are not drinking water and it is hot and you are not sweating, be careful, this could be a sign that you are nearing heat stroke
Bottom Line: Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling and being prepared means you can get the most out of it!
In the spirit of enjoying the great outdoors on a bike, why not check out Clare’s Bike Night Thursdays, Niagara’s Longest Running Bike Night! (weather permitting) from 6-9 p.m. which continue throughout the month of August.
Everyone is welcome to this amazing event that features weekly rides, live bands, demo rides, hot BBQ’s, food trucks, vendors, guest clubs, draws & prizes and more.
Here are a few scenes from last week’s Country Night that saw hundreds of bikers come out to enjoy a great night out.
Bikes line up outside Clare’s as the night kicks off…
Below Nancy and Nick from Clare’s Harley Davidson® of Niagara get ready to assist folks who want to test ride some of the 2018 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles…
The Niagara based Lisa Klassen Country Band gets the crowd up and dancing!
Norm grabs a raffle ticket from Lisa below with a chance to win one of the many prizes given away over the night…
Lucky winners Wayne Jen and Peter grab a prize pack!
Bike night is a great time to socialize and of course, check out other bikes…
And don’t forget about the food! Lots of it, right off the grill. Grabbing a bite from Pigout Roasters…
Every Bike Night features a Special Guest Club of the evening . Last week it was B.A.C.A, (pictured below) who represent Bikers Against Child Abuse.
The crew at 97.7 HTZ-FM are at Bike Nights- giving you a chance to win exclusive prizes. Below, Curtis and Wes pose with a couple of prize packs…
Last week’s bike night also featured nature’s gift…amazing weather!
This week’s Bike Night Concert Series continues on Thursday August 9 from 6-9 p.m. and features:
BAND: “That 70’s Rock Show” – a fun band playing all your new and old favourites.
FOOD: Pigout Roasters
RIDE: The ride destination will be a Mystery Ride. Bike Night attendees will still have the chance to win their very own Clare’s Harley-Davidson Bike Night Merchandise found only at Clare’s.
DEMONSTRATION: Test ride select 2018 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. *must have valid motorcycle license, approved helmet, proper riding gear.
WIN: Visit the 97.7 HTZ-FM booth you’ll have a chance to win exclusive prizes, concert tickets & more. Tell them a motorcycle story and get your story written on their blog.
VENDORS: A different selection of vendors is on site each week with lots of interesting stuff on hand. Some of the vendors may include Looner Creations, Soules Classic Barber, Voxx Life, Up cycle, Grim City Tattoo, Peytons Favourites, Biketoberfest, Norwex, DoTerra Oils, Music Angel Hot Sauce and Send Out Cards.
Also: This week’s Bike Night will be supporting SPCA Welland & District and the mobile animal will be on site with pups & kittens!
WHAT: Bike Nights
WHERE: Clare’s Harley Davidson of Niagara
590 York Rd.
Niagara on The Lake, ON L0S 1J0
WHEN: Thursday Aug 9, 16, 23, 30 6-9 pm (weather permitting)
CLARE’S Cycle & Sports Ltd. & CLARE’S Harley-Davidson® of Niagara have established themselves as one of the premiere motorcycle dealers in Ontario.
CLARE’S Harley-Davidson® of Niagara
590 York Road
Niagara On The Lake, ON L0S1J0
*About Liz Jansen
Liz Jansen is a former Niagara resident and author of the books: Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment and Life Lessons from Motorcycles.
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