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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I believe in wearing your gear... BUT

with the exception of my full face helmet, today I rode without it. No boots, no jacket, no gloves, no riding pants. Tee shirt, jeans and sneaks.... just like every other dude I see. You know what? I LIKED IT.... A LOT!! I felt like a kid doing something wrong... like stealing booze from the old man's liquor cabinet.

I had to make a quick shot to the store and didn't feel like assembling myself, so that's how it happened. I don't know if it will happen again, but it could. Yes... it sure could.

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try it with boots, jeans, tshirt, and sunglasses, no helmet. .that's like paradise! lol...

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In this 100+ degree weather we are having, there in no way one can leather up. Not safe, but neither is fainting from heat stroke.

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I do not have good gear myself, would really like to get some but money is tight right now. I'll take an occasional quick shot to the store in shorts and a tshirt but always wear my fullface flip helmet, unless I'm just runnig a mile down my country road and back and am really wanting to hear the bike, but thats not often. yes its but to ride in shorts and tee's and soon as I can afford some decent gear I wont mind wearing it at all, especiall on those work commutes when I have to wear dress pants, collar shirt and tie.

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Shorts ?? Wait till KM reads this.

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In this 100+ degree weather we are having, there in no way one can leather up. Not safe, but neither is fainting from heat stroke.
Any one who is riding in temperatures higher than body temperature, 99*F+, really needs to read the section dealing with this, in David Houghs book, "Proficient Motorcycling". There are cooling vests available to be worn under a summer mesh jacket. Especially important is to block air from your neck, between helmet and jacket, because of the large blood vessels located there. They will pick up large quantities of heat, which they will then carry to both your body core and brain, leading to heat exhaustion.

Any of you who regularly ride in heat like this, really owe it to yourselves to learn as much as possible about the physical effects of riding with only light clothing on. I very seldom see temps like this, but according to Hough, it can kill you, or cause the crash that does.

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I hear you msh, I love riding free and clear. I do always wear my leather gloves though, just in case I were to take a spill.

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its a compromise, try to achieve the highest amount of comfort with the highest degree of safety. yes you can leather up and gear up full tilt, but in hot hot weather, its just not smart.
ive rode around in shorts and a t-shirt with my full face before. it felt free. but ouch i burned both my legs on the exhaust. normally i wear my jeans and my tourmaster mesh jacket. it does the job.
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Especially important is to block air from your neck, between helmet and jacket, because of the large blood vessels located there. They will pick up large quantities of heat, which they will then carry to both your body core and brain, leading to heat exhaustion.
Hey OlHoss, I'm not sure I understand this. I would think that if you block air from an area, it won't cool off as well, and THAT can lead to heat exhaustion, not the other way around. Of course, I could be misinterpreting what you're saying. I do that a lot, just ask my wife!

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Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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