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. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

    Aug 7, 2007
    Englewood, CO
    Here in CO we are fortunate to have mountains. If it's too hot in the city it's usually perfect in the mountains.

    My "minimum" gear is: FF helmet, mesh or perforated leather jacket, gloves, jeans, boots. I do not wear riding pants if it's hot. With a t-shirt underneath my mesh jacket I stay reasonably cool unless I'm in stop-and-go traffic.
  2. Gray Dragon

    Gray Dragon Geezer rider

    Nov 7, 2008
    SW MO
    The weather here got into the 80's so the leather jacket got hung up and the mesh jacket got taken out.

    Last summer my typical gear was a full face helmet, mesh jacket, pants (non motorcycle), gloves, and boots.

    I've since switched to a modular helmet, noninsulated gloves (ok the insulation in the old ones were shot anyways) and added some Motoboss riding pants that are not vented in anyway. I expect these to be quite warm come July/August, but will still wear them, as I've found I'm not comfortable not wearing them (might switch to shorts underneath instead of pants).

    I've found if I can keep my torso cool my legs are ok, besides the pants help sheild my legs from the heat of the engine.
  3. 3power

    3power Cafe'er

    Aug 20, 2007
    Drink plenty of cold fluids -that's the key - and wear mesh.
  4. CGameProgrammer

    CGameProgrammer Been here awhile

    Feb 27, 2008
    I wear a mesh jacket when it's very hot but it's not nearly as protective as my normal Frank Thomas jacket that I wear when it's 85 degrees or less. The mesh jacket seems like it has zero abrasion resistance and dubious impact resistance since the impact pads can move around a little. Better than nothing though. Better than a T-shirt. Also note that even mesh jackets can come with a removable inner liner; remove it to stay even cooler.

    For pants, I wear normal textile motorcycle overpants, and underneath them shorts or even just underwear is comfortable when it's very hot. And boots, gloves, and helmet are always the same (unless it's very cold, then I use winter gloves).

    You will sweat though, in anything. That's fine as the sweat will do a lot to keep you cool; just keep yourself hydrated.
  5. CyHawk

    CyHawk Been here awhile

    Sep 5, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    It gets pretty warm around here and I usually wear a mesh jacket. I've currently got a Joe Rocket that works well and summer weight armored gloves.

    I'll combine them with Icon Armor when I commute to work and Under Armour T's or Polo's with Icon or Slider Kevlar jeans on the weekend.

    The Under Armour shirts breath really well and dry any sweat quickly.
  6. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

    Jan 21, 2008
    Port Orchard, WA
    UnderArmor heat gear, then mesh or perf'd leathers. The UnderArmor stuff made the most difference for me. Spendy, but works well.