How Does High Blood Pressure Affect Riding?

Nothing should keep a rider from the wild and spontaneous world of the open road. Most motorcycle riders do anything they can to keep their motorcycle in pristine condition so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice. They change the oil, check the tires, test the battery, perform routine maintenance checks every three months or so, wipe off all of the dirt and grime from the surface from their beautiful chrome bikes daily.

But what are these same motorcycle riders doing to keep themselves in tip-top shape so they can explore the open road?  They’re not doing very much to maintain their health. As long as they can stay upright, see relatively clearly, and use their feet and arms to steer the motorcycle, a rider believes they’re ready to go.

However, a person’s health can affect their driving, their stamina, and how far they’re willing to go away from their home.

One of the most common health conditions is high blood pressure and its effect on the human body can make it hard for some drivers, vehicles or motorcycles, to travel.

When a motorcycle rider has high blood pressure, it affects them more than they believe. High blood pressure is so common in the US and most Western countries, most people think that they can just adapt their lives to it and there will be no change in their lifestyle. But this just ain’t so.

If someone has high blood pressure, they won’t be able to travel very far as well as become more tired. So, they’ll suit up and put on their favorite leather motorcycle jacket and their favorite pair of leather motorcycle gloves, but they will return to their home in less than a few hours because they don’t have any energy left to drive. Their brand new men’s leather biker pants will stay in their closet, as they can no longer fit into the unrelenting fabric.

One treatment that plenty of doctors recommend is a water pill. The purpose of a water pill is to lower the pressure building in your veins by prompting your body to urinate more often which will remove excess water and excess salt.

While it sounds like a great solution, using a water pill is supposed to be temporary. However, most people view it as a solution and continue with the same lifestyle that caused them to develop high blood pressure in the first place.

Now, a water pill won’t affect a motorcycle rider’s driving, their vision, or their sense of direction, but it will affect how often they urinate. They will have to stop more often and if they’re in a caravan, everyone will have to stop and wait for them unless there is a designated area where everybody meets at the end of the day. So, riders who take water pills will be less likely to join caravans or group rides since they know they will not be able to keep up and it will slow everyone down. If you are a blood pressure patient, you must read about The Group Ride – How to Behave.

But remember that taking a water pill isn’t supposed to be permanent. The right lifestyle and dietary changes can improve a person’s health and cure their hypertension.

What Should You Do to Cure Yourself of High Blood Pressure?

  • Exercise more often
  • Eat more leafy greens.
  • Avoid Fried foods for a while.
  • Sleep at least 7 8 hours every day.
  • Lose 15 to 20lbs of excess fat.
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

As you can see, the amount of effort needed to cure high blood pressure is not unreasonable for the average person. But most of these options are not easy to do while you are on the road. So, if you have high blood pressure, don’t travel anywhere for about 3 to 4 months and dedicate that time to your body and your health. Clean up your diet, exercise every day, lose some fat around your middle, and then go back to the doctor for a checkup. In less than 1/4 of a year, you can be back on the road and disease-free.

And when you’re back on the road, you’ll need a brand motorcycle wardrobe to go with your new body. You will need a new jacket, new pants, new clothes, and a new leather biker vest. So where can you get all of these clothes at an affordable price? You can find all these and more at

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