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Too Hot To Ride

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by michaeln, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Pioneers crossing the country in Wagon train day's didn't do it at 70/80mph. Years ago I did a lot of motorcycle cross country travel. The hottest was arriving in Laughlin Nevada at 3pm when the temp was 119 degrees. I was cooked and done for the day. That was a 2 week tour that included a lot of hot spots enroute to the Dakota's. The trip back to Ca. was not bad at all.

    I used the safety precautions. The water saturated neckerchief, long sleeved cotton water soaked shirts, under the gear (last about an hour) hand held spray bottles, etc.

    Most importantly is to keep yourself hydrated. That seemed to require a lot of stops and just quit when you get tired.
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  2. Easydoesit

    Easydoesit Been here awhile

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    Where i'm from the heat record is 96 degrees.
    For riding (or anything really) I prefer it under 75. Above 85 gets really uncomfortable.
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  3. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm Supporter

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    Where are you from? 75 sounds perfect to me...........
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  4. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    ATGATT up until 90*,

    then it's FUGDAT
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Thats the trick,just dont fall down.
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  6. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    I've found two factors important in riding inclement weather. One is age! Before thirty or so weather made no difference. I was immortal as well. The other is gear/planning. It's not impossible to gear up but ones has too make the call if the mission warrants the diifculties. That's where age comes in. In theory, we get smarter as we age.....
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  7. DennisV

    DennisV Been here awhile

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    I'm with the old farts on this one. 100+ just isn't any fun anymore.

    I'm heading over to Bodega Bay Tuesday. Then I'm hanging a right and riding the fog line all the way up to the Olympic Peninsula.

    I hope it rains . . .
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  8. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka Been here awhile

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    Nope ! ...sorry.....I live in Portugal, not the hottest place in the world, but regularly warmer than a bread oven. When it's 28c + it's time for the air-conned car....but then again I did move here from the U.K. which rarely saw over 20c and in fact was hardly ever dry on the roads............Lord I miss those cold, wet rides.
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  9. verboten

    verboten confused Supporter

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    28 c, snicker snicker...
    Things don't get scary until 40 c :)
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    not a weather watcher, i have to ride to work regardless.

    i just love moto and the convenience of splitting lanes.
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  11. Fat Nelly

    Fat Nelly poking the bear 24/7

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    Ok, So we have warm weather, umbrella queens, rides shorter than 30 miles and picture fairies. What other possible reasons can you "ADVers" come up with to NOT ride your motorcycles? Sell the bike and accept who you really are and stop pretending.
    Too hot to ride is like saying its too cold to surf when its double overhead, or there's too many hot chicks hanging out here lets go somewhere else where there's more dudes.
    So heat can get the squids off the roads and trails, what can we do to get all the cars and quads to go away?
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  12. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    If it's too hot to ride.... that's code for the surf is really good, and I hit the ocean.
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  13. antirich5

    antirich5 Long timer

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    I feel the one thing ive gotten on this forum about hot riding is good advice. Knew about the water issue (used to road race in the heat!), but the mesh jacket advice was really good. In fact, the while 'protection" from the heat comcept was a real mind opener.

    I think some also need to realize that not riding isnt always an option for some. In my case i need to get from phoenix to palm springs. Booked vacation time and non cancelable flights ment it was on; despite the 110+ defree days. Fortunately, the good advice i got in this firum helped a ton.

    Interesting note; i wore my Sidi adventure gore tex boots, somethingnyou think would have been unbearable in the heat. But to be honest, my feet were the most comfortable part of my body. Even hiked 4 miles at Joshua Tree in them. Can't explain, they just worked.

    Also saved my feet a few times when they got caught under my cases while off road. Would have broken my ankle if they were just hiking boots! Not good when you're 30 miles from town!!
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  14. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I dunno,I guess Im an old fart at 58,but hot was always hot. I dont notice much difference in dealing with it.
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  15. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    You nailed it.
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  16. verboten

    verboten confused Supporter

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    I love the hot weather. Changed the oil in my wife's car, new oil flows so nicely when over 100 degrees. Mounted a new tire too, nice and pliable. The only thing better than riding bikes in the summer is working on them :). Beats the heck out of snow!
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  17. PaveMint

    PaveMint precious bodily fluids

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    Should be a good day for it. Probably wont get any warmer than 65.
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  18. skag

    skag No Monkeys

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    Yeah, it's been hot. But I managed to break in the motor and do the first oil change.

    Attached Files:

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  19. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Sweet! The Red ones really do look way better then the silver/gray jobbers
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  20. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Long timer

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    I'll be 30 days behind you