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Old 08-11-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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How do you keep cool in the heat?

Just like the title says, how do you keep cool in the heat? I live in West Central Florida and ride a DR650 year round. I ride ATGATT without exception. The temperature has been in the mid to upper 90's sometimes breaking 100F and the humidity makes you want a snorkel and mask to swim through it. My gear is vented, but not mesh and I ride with a water pack to stay hydrated. There is usually a second set of clothes to change into in my trunk box so I can be presentable when I get somewhere. I also ride a lot of off road which means slow riding and no air flow.

I have been thinking about getting a couple of large 12 volt computer fans with hoses to rig up for some airflow at stoplights and offroad. Any ideas? What do you do?
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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We moved from Clearwater, to a place with decent weather..Florida is for visiting to fish..not for living..




In other words..I got nothing....you can't escape humidity..on the bright side, your bike will be overcome with rust and useless soon enough..
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:53 PM   #3
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I drive faster, or sweat

A bunch of folk will soon post about wetting t-shirts and mesh armoUr etc, which is all valid too.

But, if you make many short trips per day, as I do in heat and humidity comparable to what you have at the moment for nine months a year, you learn to dress down and suck it up.

Personally, my helmet is the worst damn thing in heat. It gets saturated with sweat and just plain nasty.

After that comes boxers - if you have a long commute, pack a spare pair.

Some people swear by a sheepskin on the saddle. Warm in winter, cool in summer, they say.

They may be correct - I don't know.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:13 PM   #4
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1st I wear one of these year around. When it's Hot out I soak it in cold water before heading out.


Next. As mentioned above. Long sleave wet shirt with vents on jacket only patially open. I actually got a chilled in over 100 degree weather last week in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

I have spoken to many that have Hydration/Cooling vests but I have yet to try one as I don't see how it can do any better.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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I wear a cooling vest under a mesh jacket.



I got this one at Cycle Gear for $9.99
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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I bought this new vest at the BMW Rally and you fill it with water. Have not tried it yet. Twisted throttle got my money for it! it is supposed to last up to three days without getting you wet.
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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Eek

I bought a new RF1100 helmet with a removable and washable lining. And it is white.
Shoei has the GT-AIR which sounds well ventilated also.
But, even with lots of vents and liners removed in my riding gear, I try to avoid riding long distances when it is over 90.
One thing that does help, is what you wear under your riding suit. Wear lightweight nylon clothing, like you would wear backpacking or canoeing. Also, nylon or poly underwear so when you do stop, it will dry fast.
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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Through the Badlands, I packed ice in all the 'stich pockets. 30-45 minutes of Heaven.

For a 30 minute or less am commute, toss in a frozen cold pack. Amazing how well that works.

Recharge for the return to the 'casa,
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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Heat sucks. I avoid it if possible. Change your riding times. If I have to cross an area of the country that I know will be mid 90's or better I'll leave before sun up and be done by noon or 1. Get out of the worst of it.

If you've got to get through it for one reason or another than yes...cooling vests, wet gear, hydro pack, mesh gear etc.

But if you're purposely going out into 100 degree heat just to ride or play...then you're either nuts or much younger than I.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #10
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But if you're purposely going out into 100 degree heat just to ride or play...then you're either nuts or much younger than I.

55 and I just try to pick routes where I can keep moving. Mesh/vented gear and it's not bad at all in the 90s/low triple digits. Stop lights get very old, very quickly.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #11
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Ride naked! Your neighbors will love you!

Suck it up cupcake. If you want to ride when it's hot then be hot.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #12
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Ice in your hydration pack, ice packs stuffed into your gear.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #13
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when I ride in 110 plus all day I suck it up and insure I stay hydrated.

the big Concours14 thrives on heat

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Old 08-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #14
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Get a mesh jacket and maybe mesh pants, protection should be adequate I know plenty of people who have went down and faired just fine.

You need to be comfortable, I have a good friend who wore leathers only but passed out once in AZ, he has not been able to ride since then.
If you are busy thinking about how uncomfortable you are then the odds of getting into a wreck do to not paying attention increase.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:13 PM   #15
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Mesh is good to about 93 degrees. Anything above that it is better to cover up.
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