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Hey fellow rider's. I recently recieved a newsletter from the dealer where I bought

my BMW. They are big on GS dual sport riding and recently hosted a group ride out

in the Mojave. The newsletter discussed the death of one rider (55 years old) during the ride from heat exhaustion.

Really bummed me out as that sort of fate is fully preventable. Motorcycles are dangerous enough wiithout adding

preventable fates. In hot weather be sure and drink lots of water and pay attention to your fellow riders that they too are drinking.

The poor guy had run out of water duriing the ride, his fellow riders noticed he was being acting erractic but didn't take corrective action until too

late.

Hopefully this poor feller's fate will serve to warn the rest of us.
 

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Always bring a lot more water then you think you will need. A mechanical break down is always a possibility and you may have to do some walking.
 

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Hey fellow rider's. I recently recieved a newsletter from the dealer where I bought

my BMW. They are big on GS dual sport riding and recently hosted a group ride out

in the Mojave. The newsletter discussed the death of one rider (55 years old) during the ride from heat exhaustion.

Really bummed me out as that sort of fate is fully preventable. Motorcycles are dangerous enough wiithout adding

preventable fates. In hot weather be sure and drink lots of water and pay attention to your fellow riders that they too are drinking.

The poor guy had run out of water duriing the ride, his fellow riders noticed he was being acting erractic but didn't take corrective action until too

late.

Hopefully this poor feller's fate will serve to warn the rest of us.
Very important to keep an eye on each other. I experienced a similar incident on a back pack trip last year. Had a guy that got dehydrated. When we got to our camping spot for the night instead of setting up his tent as the rest of us did, he wandered around looking for a tent site for about an hour. We finally took notice of his erratic behavior. He said he was feeling Naseaus and didn't want to drink and vomit it back up. We had to practically force him to drink. He finally relented and accepted some tea. It was amazing to see how quickly he recovered. With in about 30 min he was back to his old self. IF THEY REFUSE TO DRINK IT IS ALMOST A SURE SIGN THEY ARE DEHYDRATED. FORCE THEM IF YOU HAVE TO.
 

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Very important to keep an eye on each other. I experienced a similar incident on a back pack trip last year. Had a guy that got dehydrated. When we got to our camping spot for the night instead of setting up his tent as the rest of us did, he wandered around looking for a tent site for about an hour. We finally took notice of his erratic behavior. He said he was feeling Naseaus and didn't want to drink and vomit it back up. We had to practically force him to drink. He finally relented and accepted some tea. It was amazing to see how quickly he recovered. With in about 30 min he was back to his old self. IF THEY REFUSE TO DRINK IT IS ALMOST A SURE SIGN THEY ARE DEHYDRATED. FORCE THEM IF YOU HAVE TO.
I wanted to add to that. They need electrolytes also and glucose. Gatoraid or any sports drink works best.
 

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I usually carry a 3 liter camelback w/at least 2 liters of h20 and lots of energy bars. Case in point last Fall in DV I went for a solo shake down ride durin ghte day since everyone wasn't showing up until late afternoon or evening. After riding 50 miles in Saline Valley I turned around to head for home. About 10 miles in bike crapped out and wouldn't run. Only saw one car in the span of 4 hours and it was about 10 minutes after the bike stopped running I was still under the impression I would be back on the road in 10 minutes. Spent 3 extra hours in the desert alternately working/pushing the bike before fixing it and riding out of Saline Valley. I was pretty sure I was going to sleep out there next to the bike that night. Had enough water and food to make it to the next day. Had a SPOT with me if things got bad.

Josh
 
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