Hypothermia is the condition
in which an organism’s temperature drops below that required for normal
metabolism and bodily functions. Hypothermia can result in three stages of
Stage 1, The body temperature
drops by 1.8-30.6 degrees. The body
starts to shiver and the hands become numb.
2, The body temperature drops by 3.8-7.6
degrees. The shivering becomes more
violent. Movements are slow and labored,
accompanied by stumbling pace and mild confusion.
Stage 3, The body temperature drops below
approximately 89.6 degrees. The subject
has difficulty speaking, sluggish thinking and amnesia will start to appear.
Major organs fail and the subject may die.
Sunday, October 12, I left
Prescott at 6:00 AM on my Gold Wing to ride to Mesa for the Ride for
Kid’s. As I was riding up the Prescott
Lakes Parkway the temperature was 21 degrees and I was warm. On the National Weather Service Windchill
Chart the wingchill was -3 degrees. When
I got to Mesa the temperature was in the low 70s. This is the time of year that we have to prepare ourselves for
riding condition and temperature. My method is to layer what I am wearing. I like to be nice and warm and
I don’t want to get into
The jacket has to be wind
proof and have cuffs that will keep out the cold air. A jacket with a removal liner will add to
your layering and be more comfortable when the temperature warms up. Layers
closest to your skin can be made of your
favorite wicking material. (coolmax,
polypropylene, even wool) It is best to
keep your skin dry as possible in the cold or you’ll get clammy and miserably
cold. I wear a sweater made of Polartex under my jacket and a denim shirt under
it. There are a number of items you can
find at your local camping outfitters store that you can use when riding in
I get kidded because I have
heated hand grips on my Gold Wing. “Why
do you need heated grips in Arizona? Very heavy gloves or mittens make using
the controls on the Wing difficult. With
the heated grips I can wear gloves that are not bulky and yet my hands are
Scarves or a facemask will
keep the cold air off your neck and face.
Warm socks are a must to keep your feet warm.
wear “Draggin Jeans” and
they keep me warm behind the Wing’s fairing.
The “Kevlar” in the knees and seat not only protect you when you should
go down from road rash, but “Kevlar” acts as insulation against heat or cold.
“KEEP THE RUBBER SIDE DOWN”