Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Wearing full carbolex gear in record breaking heat
Well, some areas in the middle-midwest here have hit 115 over this weekend. One of them has been this area along the Arkansas/Missouri border in the Ozarks. According to a bank sign, it was 112 at one point as we were riding, in our full carbolex gear (and mine doesn't even have vents!! My pants do, jacket doesn't)
Was it miserable! Heck yeah! When I took my jacket off was it still just as miserable? yup!
I don't know if there is just a limit to how much heat the body can feel before the brain just says 'screw it, it's just hot', or what, lol, but there really weren't many differences between jacket and no jacket. Carbolex breathes well and has the advantage of protecting you from the sun. I ended up wearing the jacket the rest of the time. It wasn't comfortable, but I'm being perfectly honest here, it wasn't ANY better without the jacket on. I suppose in that kind of heat, NOTHING matters.
So anyway, since there are occasional discussions about good gear for riding in the heat, my vote goes for gear made from Carbolex. 112 degree is a pretty high ceiling! I had never ridden without gear before but that heat is terrible and can be dangerous so I elected to go without it, but I just can't get over the fact that it wasn't any cooler not to have the jacket on (except at a stop, of course)
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT