How do you keep cool in the heat?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DirtMedic, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. DirtMedic

    DirtMedic Intrepid Explorer

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    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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  2. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    We moved from Clearwater, to a place with decent weather..Florida is for visiting to fish..not for living..

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    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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  3. Jacl-Kampuchea

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    I drive faster, or sweat:rofl

    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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  4. DAKEZ

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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.
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    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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  5. klaviator

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    I wear a cooling vest under a mesh jacket.

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    I got this one at Cycle Gear for $9.99 :D
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  6. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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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.:evil
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  7. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    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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  8. NoVa Rider

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    Through the Badlands, I packed ice in all the 'stich pockets. 30-45 minutes of Heaven. :thumb

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

    Recharge for the return to the 'casa, :freaky
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  9. Robert_W

    Robert_W Does your dog bite? Yup!

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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. :D
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  10. wb57

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    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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  11. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Ride naked! Your neighbors will love you! :D

    Suck it up cupcake. If you want to ride when it's hot then be hot. :lol3
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  12. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

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    Ice in your hydration pack, ice packs stuffed into your gear.
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  13. steveWFL

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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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  14. TheBlurr

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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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  15. DAKEZ

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    Mesh is good to about 93 degrees. Anything above that it is better to cover up. :deal
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  16. DirtMedic

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    @ Robert_W, I am 37 and there is the distinct possibility I am nuts.
    @ hooliken, I've been sucking it up and... well... it sucks.

    I like the idea of the cooling vests and balaclavas. I'll certainly try the wet long sleeve shirt idea for starters, but I anticipate the Florida humidity to kill the benefits of evaporative cooling. I also like the idea of stuffing all the pockets with ice packs.

    As for the mesh gear... I am a paramedic and have seen some of it not hold up so well. Maybe it was brand related, maybe it was old, maybe it already had damage, who knows. It scared me away from it. I prefer something more than a screen door between me and the asphalt. I have seen way too many injuries that I don't want any part of to not to wear full gear. I know the consequence of that is being hot, hence my questions to you guys.
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  17. ragtoplvr

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    mesh gear to about 95 ish. Then solid gear, with ICE in pockets, good for 30 to 45 miles. Then get more ice, bit intense at first, worth it. (95 and 99% humidity, ice is the only thing that can work. With the rain in Missouri recently, riding is difficult.
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  18. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Many here advising the wet vests..these really only work in low humidity..they only work where they can evaporate..like a swamp cooler..near worthless in even moderate humidity.

    I commonly rode in heat in excess of 110 in the desert..no big deal really..seal all your vents and keep any air from blowing across you..like some have said, cover up in excess of mid nineties. The warmest temp I ever rode thru was 126..Baker Ca..on the way to a weekend of tire shreeding in Seqouia..but this was all in humidity aless than 10%…

    Ice...the only thing that works...a wet tshirt to some extent..but if you have a jacket that zips to your pants, ziplock bag some ice and stuff on the shelf formed and let it rest above your kidneys..works wonders..
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  19. Kommando

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    Stay hydrated. Replenish your electrolytes. Follow these 2 guidelines and your body can tolerate considerable hardship. My gear fits 2 hydration bladders on crazy-hot days. One gets icewater. One gets iced Gatorade.

    If you're worried about mesh standing up to abrasion, use high-denier Kevlar mesh. The other textiles are just a bit better than denim, but Kevlar and Twaron will withstand some serious abrasion.

    Wear CoolMax or similar next to your skin.

    Packing your pockets with ice sounds comfy.

    When you rest, find someplace that at least offers shade. A breeze is good too.

    Avoid routes with a lot of stopping...stoplights, traffic, etc.
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  20. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Klim mesh pants and a Revit airwave jacket. I ride in up to 110 degree heat (albeit dry heat). Works for me. Also, the dirtbike lid/goggle combo is a lot cooler than my black Arai Corsair V.
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