Best Ways To Stay Cool On A Hot Motorcycle Ride

Accessories to bring your core temperature down for a more chill cruise.

Skwoosh Xl Touring Sport Cruiser Motorcycle Gel Seat Pad
Sweltering in the heat is no way to enjoy your highly anticipated, long-planned annual tour. Get a leg up on high temperatures with these five clever sweat-busters.Skwoosh

Let’s face it—summer temperatures can really suck, especially if you’re riding for an extended period of time. But before you start sweating buckets, make sure you check out these very clever riding accessories that will help make any hot day’s ride in the sun so much cooler.

These five products rely on air- and water-cooling properties to bring your core temperature down—and keep it there.The products we've chosen not only promote the art of making pit stops, but they will allow you to take the feel of a refreshing oasis with you for the remainder of your cruise. The other goods featured here have been designed to make any summertime ride far more pleasurable.

Tourmaster Dri-Mesh Mesh/Leather Gloves

Tourmaster Dri-Mesh Mesh/Leather Gloves
Keep your mitts cool yet protected with Tourmaster’s Dri-Mesh gloves.Tourmaster

Keeping your hands cool and dry is the key to having an enjoyable day on the road. The Tourmaster Dri-Mesh gloves feature a waterproof, breathable internal barrier that allows perspiration to be eliminated with powerful airflow. Although the glove allows for the passage of air, it does remain watertight, so even if it starts raining out, you'll still be able to maintain a solid grip.

The comfortable, abrasion-resistant Armor-Link mesh hand back and fingers keep the top of hands cool as well as protected, while perforated goatskin leather accents allow for an increased cooling effect. For comfort’s sake, a reinforced and perforated leather palm with EVA light foam padding fights against shock and vibration even on the bumpiest stretch of highway.

EccoPro Warm Weather Sleeping Bag

EccoPro Warm Weather Sleeping Bag
Who says you can’t pack light and sleep comfortably in the great outdoors?EccoPro

This sleeping bag from EccoPro is cool on multiple levels, actually. First, it’s ultra compact and portable (7.5 inches x 11.4 inches), which is handy for packing on your next ride out. The premium TC cotton keeps you comfortable but doesn’t allow you to get too toasty while you’re camping under the stars. The bag is also waterproof and weatherproof, so have no fear when sleeping in the elements. For packing up into such a small size, this thing is a lot roomier when unrolled than you’d think (83 inches x 30 inches).

Best of all, this EccoPro bag weighs in at only 1.65 pounds—even more of a reason to bring it along for a ride. Use the included carry pouch to stash the bag while you ride or hike—the possibilities of embracing the outdoor life this summer are endless.

BMW Motorrad Cool Down Vest

BMW Motorrad Cool Down Vest
High tech meets simplicity in this liquid-loving accessory that helps you stay cool for hours.BMW Motorrad

There are a lot of options when it comes to cooling vests, and this genuine BMW Motorrad vest is one of the better ones. When water is applied, the onboard HyperKewl system locks in the moisture and stores it for up to eight hours, which helps reduce heat by 11–22 degrees compared to what the thermometer says.

While the vest does thrive on moisture, it leaves clothing underneath perfectly dry. If for some reason the vest isn’t as cool as you’d like, don’t sweat it—cold water can be reapplied as many times as you need. The vest remains very lightweight when it’s activated, and can be comfortably worn underneath any summer-weight riding jacket for the perfect balance of comfort and protection.

Skwoosh Touring Motorcycle Gel Seat Pad

Skwoosh Touring Motorcycle Gel Seat Pad
This Skwoosh seat offers an enticing mix of breathability and comfort.Skwoosh

Get some relief for your butt on the next warm-weather ride. Not only does the Skwoosh gel seat provide a much comfier spot to sit for hours, but it also serves up killer cooling properties that will make your cruise under the hot sun a hell of a lot more bearable.

The breathable fabric on the Skwoosh seat pad allows air to circulate for a natural cooling effect that leather just can’t provide. An air channel also helps with directing cool air throughout the pad’s surface. The pressure-relieving gel inside the seat allows for your nice, cooled bottom to experience tailbone relief and less spinal compression. The low-profile, lightweight pad folds easily, so it can be neatly packed away. Skwoosh passenger pads are also available.

Mission Enduracool Cooling Helmet Liner

Mission Enduracool Cooling Helmet Liner
Liquid-cool your lid to make your dome happy with the Mission liner.Mission

Your head soaks up a lot of the sun's rays when you're riding. An hour on the open road with no shade can get the temperature inside your helmet to rise to unbearable levels. Help combat the discomfort with the Mission Enduracool helmet liner, which helps lower the temperature of your head by up to 30 percent.

Using cool or ice-cold water, the helmet liner can be soaked, wrung out then applied on your dome for an instant cooling effect that can help control the temperature inside your lid for quite a while, keeping you more comfortable and alert for the continuation of your ride. The durable, long-lasting fabric is machine washable and dries soft, so it can be reused time after time on the road.