Who doesn't ride b/c ATGATT too hot?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Pike Bishop, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Pike Bishop

    Pike Bishop Pull Down the Ponzi.

    Nov 8, 2008
    Your Back Yard
    It's just starting to get hot here, it's my first summer owning a bike, and I'm wondering if many riders quit riding in the heat of summer because wearing ATGATT is too damn hot...

    I'd want to ride, but I'm not sure I'd want to get all bundled up in ATGATT but I'm not sure I'd want to go the t-shirt and sneakers route, either.

    Any good solutions to this problem? I wonder whether you could maybe wear wet cotton clothes under ATG and get some cooling that way... :huh ... then again, it's normally like 95% humidity here so maybe that wouldn't work. :deal
  2. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

    Dec 2, 2006
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Good question. "too hot" isn't something that applies to this part of the world, but on my trip last summer in B.C. it was near enough 40c and I just couldn't keep my jacket on. Stayed in the pants and boots and wasn't happy about wearing just a t-shirt on top but it was still uncomfortably hot, and with the jacket on might even have been dangerously so. Didn't know what else to do. Never really considered stopping for the rest of the day as an option, but perhaps I should have done.
  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

    Mar 18, 2007
    Begin Op Zoom
    It works great. I would forgo the cotton and use silk or polypropylene. (I wear silk)

    I can not speak to its effectiveness in high humidity but I know it is amazing in 105+ in dryer climates. The shirt dries out in about an hour so it needs to be re-soaked...

    70-90 I wear mesh gear. Anything above 90 I wear my Belstaff Adventure jacket with the built in Hydration pack (vents open) and use the wet shirt for air conditioned comfort.

    I always ride and I am ATGATT when I do. :ricky
  4. BCC

    BCC I know better

    Jul 22, 2004
    Central Florida
    I dress for the ride and the destination. It's too hot walking around in heavy gear.

    On hot days I wear motorcycle sneakers, bmw summer pants that convert into shorts, a good mesh jacket, vented gloves and a dual purpose helmet (better venting). Jacket, gloves and helmet left on the bike while I'm walking around or visiting.
  5. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

    Jul 3, 2007
    Asheville NC
    I always wear boots and gloves.
    On tour, I wear light cover-alls to keep the sun off of me and stop every 80-100 miles to drink water. Places like the southwest will dehydrate you FAST- found that out the hard way. I don't worry much about crashing on the freeway. The main danger for me is falling asleep- so I stop often.

    In the twisty-day ride kind of things, I just slow down a lot. I can't afford to have 3 different suits/jackets- whtever. That's not going to stop me from riding, though.

    From my experience, most danger is in town with trafic lights and intersections.

    BTW- if you have room in your helmet, bubble pack makes for great ventilation. I should sell squares of it as ACME Cool Wad or somethng for $49.95.
  6. asphaltmueller

    asphaltmueller nomad acc. ยง 2(3)AVV

    Dec 30, 2008
    an Austrian in New Delhi
    when commuting on hot days i wear at least a spine protector and summer gloves ( I wear suit in the office).
    I think I should get myself a mesh jacket.
    On a ride out of town it's always full gear.
  7. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia Tamer

    Feb 15, 2004
    Left of the dial. Canton, NC
    I wear one piece leathers even in 100 degree heat, and sweat (and drink water) a lot.

    I don't commute on a bike because I drive a company van with large equipment

    in the back. I just ride for fun on the weekends.
  8. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

    Jul 2, 2008
    Directly above the center of the Earth
    I have a set of perforated leathers for summer riding. Underneath, I wear shorts and a tshirt/ss shirt. (just happens to be what I wear to work as well) It's very comfy up to about 90. After that, I do the camelbak/wet shirt thing on long rides. Long red lights are a bitch, so I generally try to find routes without them. :wink:

    It's also great because I can strip the leathers off at my destination and be in comfy. It only takes a minute or two to do the transformation and I don't even need a phone booth. Which are getting hard to find these days.

  9. dlew

    dlew Daypass Adventurer

    Oct 26, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    Good question. I ride much less when it's warm. Here in NY you're going to be in traffic at some point and you don't get the benefit of the wind, just the negative effect of a hot engine.

    Personally I don't like this time of the year because I do ride less and it feels naked to be riding without gear and there are other bikes everywhere. There's something nice about the winter when I'm the only one around riding.

    I do own mesh stuff but it's hot in the city, too.
  10. rwven

    rwven Been here awhile

    Oct 3, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake
    It actually is cooler than a T-Shirt and jeans. The mesh shades your skin from the sun and the mesh pants with shorts or just skivvies under are cooler than jeans. I use the TourMaster Flex jacket and pants. It's fully convertible from textile to mesh. I wear it from below freezing to over 100.

  11. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

    Apr 15, 2009
    If it's really hot, I'll take the Ural. No fairing or windshield allows me to stay quite comfortable while moving. I often forego rding pants and downgrade to jeans on the Ural too, but I always have jacket, boots, gloves, and helmet.

    On the Concours, I'm ATGATT no matter what, and it can be wretched - especially in traffic jams.
  12. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

    Aug 18, 2003
    Richmond, Va
    Get some mesh, it makes a lot of difference.

    I just got Motoport air mesh after wearing first gear mesh text for the last few years.

    My Aerostitch goes in the closet once temps get above 80ish..
  13. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

    Jun 30, 2007
    Where the bikes parked. STL
  14. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

    Jan 26, 2006
    Uhm,, you guys should come down to atlanta if you want to talk humidity. do you know why you sweat? to cool your body off. if you wear a t-shirt, the wind wicks the sweat away which causes you to sweat more which will eventually dehydrate you and you will make a bad decision and crash. ATGATT mean what it says. I wear mesh in the summer, jacket and pants, and a gel vest underneath, and a camelbak. check out "cooling vest" on whitehorsepress.com Riding gear is meant to ride in, so you're going to be hot if you're sitting still. be smart. the day you forgo a piece of the gear is the day "it" could happen. just gotta deal with it... my 02
  15. InsuredDisaster

    InsuredDisaster Sam's Summer Camp

    Jan 22, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    It can get pretty hot in parts of CO. I'll often just soak my helmet liner in a cold mountain stream. The trick is to minimize sitting time or any time you might exert yourself. I've also got a camel back in my tank bag.
  16. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

    Sep 24, 2005
    Nature Coast, Florida
    If it gets too hot to ride in shorts, t-shirt, and tennis shoes I'm usually 6000 miles away from my bike here working in Saudi.
  17. 3Rugrs4GA

    3Rugrs4GA Long timer

    Feb 27, 2009
    South Jersey
    I just got back into riding after a long delay. I have owned my 800GS for two months now. I purchased BMW boot, pants, jacket, and gloves. I love my gear, but definately too hot to ride this afternoon. I considered waiting until about now (7:00pm) to get on the bike....but my backyard, a good cigar, and cold beer were all calling my name. So, definately no bike this afternoon. I will ride to work tomorrow....

    I'll keep my eyes on this post for summer gear recommendations also...seems like the only logical option is to purchase some mesh gear.
  18. Bimjo

    Bimjo Crashes at zero speed...

    Jun 7, 2006
    Pasco, WA
    Get mesh jacket.
    Get ice.
    Put ice in jacket pockets.
    Enjoy. :D
  19. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

    Nov 30, 2007
    where the hood meets the bay
    im okay with gear, beemer city pants arent cool in the summer, but are good enough for me, and more important- they are not black.
    jacket, i dislike joe rocket style crappy mesh but good companies make nice summer jackets. its the boots, the boots, i have problems with. just today i rode around in my vans. my sidi foorwear is nothing short of brutal in the summer. so far i've looked into air techs, but there could be something better out there. i dont wanna buy moto sneakers, as they feel just like any other high tops + a bit more protection.
  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

    Aug 19, 2008
    New(er) Mexico
    Pretty simple for me. If it's too hot for ATGATT, it's too hot to ride.

    Fortunately, the lack of humidity around here ensures nice cool mornings even in the hottest part of the summer. This is a double positive since I most enjoy riding in the relatively light morning traffic anyway. Thus my summer riding is usually a blast through the twisties EARLY on a saturday morning before all the squids and idiots get out, plus I'm not baking in my suit.