Bushfire heat dehydration

Bushfires close northern NSW roads

The popular motorcycle routes of Summerland Way and the Gwydir Highway in northern NSW are closed due to bushfires. An 11km stretch of Summerland Way between Leeville and Whiporie and a 5km section of the Gwydir Highway from east of Jackadgery to Eatonsville are closed for back burning and tree clearing. The highway is also …

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Dehydration dust storm

Heatwave kills rider and hiker in outback

The current heatwave sweeping the nation has claimed the life of a motorcyclist in the Outback, again highlighting the danger to riders of dehydration. The body of rider Daniel Price was found near the Gibb River Rd in the remote Kimberley district of Western Australia yesterday afternoon. He had been missing for several days while average …

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Macna wet and dry cooling

Macna wet and dry cooling vests for summer

European motorcycle clothing brand Macna will add a dry cooling vest to their range next month in plenty of time for the coming hot summer months of riding. Macna Australia spokesman Ron Grant of Link International says the dry vest will arrive in late September at $249.95 to join  their current Macna wet vest at $159.95. …

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InstantCool Vest cools riders

InstantCool vest cools rider in 10 seconds

A lightweight cooling vest that cools in 10 seconds has attracted 150% of its $US20,000 crowd-funding goal and is set for immediate production. The InstantCool vest would be suitable for riders in hot conditions, although it requires a power bank and ice boxes carried in a special backpack, so it’s bulky, yet weighs only 1.1kg. …

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Harley-Davidson cooling vest keeps you cool

Rider vest and bag keep you cool

Keeping your cool while riding in summer heat is difficult, but this cool vest and bag from Harley-Davidson will help. The cooling vest (98215-18VM) costs $94.90 for sizes S-XL and $110.50 for 2XL-5XL. It consists of a mesh vest made of HyperKewl material with four interior pockets that contain removable cool packs and a handy …

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Riders dies of dehydration in heatwave

Rider dies of dehydration in heatwave

The current heatwave has claimed the life of a Queensland rider from dehydration after riding in the forests of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Thirty-year-old father Matthew Hall, pictured above with wife Emily, started to feel sick from dehydration and by the time the paramedics arrived he was feeling confused and his body temperature was 42, despite an ambient …

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Dehydration motorcycle gear Riders dies of dehydration in heatwave

10 tips to beat dehydration this summer

Summer is a great time to ride, but the heat can be dangerous and it’s time to think about the hazards of dehydration. Road riders tend to be a bit blasé about dehydration. Maybe it’s because riding doesn’t take a huge amount of effort. However, we are quite vulnerable to dehydration because of the drying effect …

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Testing motorcycle in the thermal chamber (from left) research assistant Liz Taylor, volunteer rider Dr Greg Peoples, Liz de Rome and Nigel Taylor. rating

Study to find coolest motorcycle gear

Riders could eventually have a guide to the most crash-resistant motorcycle gear suitable for harsh summer riding conditions. Researchers will be looking for Canberra volunteers to be part of a study into the most effective summer motorcycle gear next year (2015). Neuroscience Research Australia (NRA) senior research officer Dr Liz de Rome, a rider since …

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Motorcycle rider hydration study

Road and off-road racers are needed to volunteer for a study into the affects of hydration. The study by University of Queensland PhD student Justin Holland should have benefits for all riders. “What we’re hoping to see is that it will flow down into a general recommendation for people who do long rides,” he says. …

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