If you have a pacemaker, you might wonder how you can ride a motorcycle. There are some specific rules to follow, which you should be aware of. You should not wear heavy gear while riding, as this can interfere with your pacemaker. The best option would be to keep heavy stuff in pockets of your jersey or on the bike frame. Backpacks are also problematic and should be avoided. You should also keep a close eye on the weight of your motorcycle, because heavy backpacks can interfere with your pacemaker.
Getting a pacemaker
Having a pacemaker implanted in your heart is a serious health condition. It is one of the leading reasons that people get pacemakers implanted, and you might be wondering if you need to get one in order to ride a motorcycle. In reality, though, getting a pacemaker does not mean that you cannot ride a motorcycle. In some cases, it can be a practical solution to your medical condition.
First of all, don’t assume that a pacemaker will prevent you from riding a motorcycle. While it’s true that pacemakers don’t cure heart problems, they can limit your activity level. This means that you can’t engage in certain activities such as heavy lifting or operating power equipment. This is a misconception. Your pacemaker might not function properly in the case of a collision or blow to the chest.
Dialing in a pacemaker
If you’re riding a motorcycle, you should be extra cautious about dialing in a pacemaker. The reason is that the pacemaker’s algorithms are activated by upper body motion, so the less upper body motion there is, the lower the heart rate will be. When you wear a backpack, the added mass keeps the upper body still, making the pacemaker less effective. Dialing in a pacemaker when riding a motorcycle is vital, but it’s a personal choice.
During the first few days, you will feel bruising at the site of the pacemaker, but this will resolve on its own. If you notice any pain, however, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. You might have to stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. Make sure that you can make arrangements for transportation home. You’ll receive a card detailing your new pacemaker. This card should be kept with you when riding a motorcycle or driving a motorcycle, just in case.
Adding mass to your body to slow it down
Adding mass to your body to slow down your motorcycle riding with a pacemaker works by slowing your movement on the trail while exerting the same effort. The added mass will also reduce the intensity of bumps as your pacemaker will have a slower response when you exert more effort. Here are some tips to slow down your motorcycle riding with a pacemaker: