How to Avoid Hypothermia While Riding Your Motorcycle

In Kansas City, Fall motorcycle riding is a popular thing to do.  The weather is just about perfect and it's the last chance many will have to ride their motorcycles for the rest of the year.  Just because it doesnt seem that cold out does not mean that you are safe from hypothermia.

A major misconception about hypothermia is that it can only be developed when temperatures are freezing.  However, this is not the case.  Hypothermia can be developed at 40 degrees, 50 degrees, and even warmer temperatures. This may seem unrealistic, but the only thing that is necessary to hypothermia is exposeure to cold, wet conditions.

Bikers run a much higher risk of hypothermia than people in cars.  The main factor leading to this increased risk is the exposure to wind chill.  Hypothermia occurs when your body's temperature drops below 95 degrees and your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.

If you feel any of the following signs in yourself or see it in someone else you need to take action because hypothermia could be setting in.

  • Intense shivering
  • Clumsiness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Mumbling
  • Confusion
  • Stumbling
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow or shallow breathing

If you develop hypothermia and it is left untreated, you are at risk of cardiac arrest, shock, coma, or even death.  All of these symptoms could also result in an accident.  Any rider that develops hypothermia or looks like they could be developing hypothermia should stop riding immediately, get indoors, be given dry clothing, and warm the body.  

If you or anyone you know has been affected by hypothermia or gotten into an accident because of hypothermia, do not hesitate to contact us at 888-348-2616.  Don't forget to request a free copy of KC Biker Bible.