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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-17-2012, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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To all you Texans...

The family is taking a trip down to the Dallas/FW area in mid to late July. How do you guys and girls stay cool when riding in the summers down there. Here in VA a wet t-shirt under a leather jacket goes a long way. but we do not see the temperatures that you all do, or is it too dangerous to be out on a bike due to the heat?

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Speaking as a Texan who at one point only had a motorcycle as transportation and now as someone who has a motorcycle more for pleasure, I can give you two answers.

When it was all I had, I didn't have a choice. I would be hot and sweaty and I would deal with it. I didnt ride for longer than an hour.

Now, if I'm riding in the middle of summer around town, same as the above. But if I'm wanting to put some miles on the bike and do a small trip, I get up at dawn and get off the road by early afternoon at the latest. Take a bath in sunblock if I'm not covering my face or arms, or wear full face helmet, a light long sleeved shirt (it really does feel better than short sleeves or sleeveless). I even bought a "cool vest" that has the chemical inserts that are supposed to keep your core temperature down, but I've actually never ridden with it. A guy at my work wears one with a full riding suit and he said he feels great in the extreme heat unless he's sitting at a stop light or stop and go traffic. And he is an everyday rider.

Bottom line though, it depends on how badly you want/love to ride!
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Evaporative chill vest. Soak in water, wear. Plastic lined so you don't get soaked. Keeps torso cool in hottest Texas heat. Doesn't cool your head. Google it. About $40 at Honda dealer, other dealers sell them too, prices and models vary. I don't go on summer trips without it. Around town I just sweat.
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Plenty of advice given on how to stay cool already so I'm just makin' noise here. I dig the heat, hate the cold! And by cold I mean anything below 50.

A mesh jacket over a t shirt is what I usually wear. You sweat when you're stopped and when you start moving again the mesh provides a "swamp cooler" type cooling system!

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Thanks for all the advice. I saw one of those vests on different web site but did not know if it was any good or not. But hearing actual people say something about it is different then "My Product is Better Than Your Product" advertisement. I am also deciding on taking my V2k or maybe renting a bike for a day or two when we are there since we have the option to fly cheap since Uncle-in-Law is AA employee.

JtC, I am the the flip side. I can take the cold, my cut off point is low 30's but once it get that cold it is time for the snow and the salt/gravel to cover the roads. The heat here is so humid here. I have never really left this mountain climate here in the Appalachian Mountains except to the north.

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Cycle Gear has the cool vest on sale until 5/27 for $34.99

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Rode last year all the time for multiple hours in the hot 110 degree Texas heat, stopped about every 1 hour to drink a cold bottle of water and pour some over my head and got on the bike and keep riding. It is something you just come to live with if you love riding.

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I have ridden in temps over 105 for hours (last summer was a scorcher).
Before the ride begins, drink lots of water, then drink more, then some more.
During the ride, keep the bike moving. Keep an eye on your buddies for signs of heat exhaustion, have them do the same for you.
As previously stated, use long sleeves, sun-block, mesh, and more water. I have not tried a cooling vest, but it sounds like a good idea. Have fun!

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Got me a cool vest today at Cycle Gear here in Houston. I hope to be able to try it out Sunday and report how I like it.

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