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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hello. Was wondering what to wear when it's 85-90 and humid 200-mile day trip mostly highway. Tee shirt, light windbreaker, leather jacket, denim jacket??? Any help appreciated. Going in August planning ahead. Oh yeah, open face bike no faring ZN700 LTD.
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Man, in August I'll be begging for it to get down to 95/95 degrees/humidity. Things I've found;


- black shirts may be badazz but light colors reflect sunlight better;
- loose fitting is better but not floppy;
- my bike is much hotter with shorts, I wear loose fitting jeans;
- my faves of late are Dickies hi-viz green and orange shirts from WalMart, 1 size too big.


This is one of those things IMHO where you try stuff now and kinda find what works for you. Don't forget the sunscreen, especially the back of the neck! Please DAMHIK.


Prepare for the ATGATT fanatics to pipe in, there's always the ones who feel the need to tell others how to dress. I've found over the last 10 yrs that they often stay home in the heat rather than bake in the gear. Their choice, I'd rather ride.

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I'm in Texas and most of my rides are at least 125 miles, and going 225 miles or more is not uncommon.
It's hot at least 5-6 months out of the year. August is probably the worst, but I always just accept that it's going to be hot.

I wear an HJC FF helmet with bandana underneath & bandana around the neck.
White long sleeve shirt with Joe Rocket mesh armored jacket. Leather gloves with armor.
Levis blue jeans. Fabric/suede hiking boots (leather boots are just too hot).
Sometimes when I'm just riding around town, I skip the jacket & jeans, and wear high top B-ball shoes.

Whenever possible or whenever there is a choice, I choose a route or a lane that has shade.
When stopping, I always stop in the shade, and when I stop for fuel, I only use a pump where it's shady. often times there's at least one gasoline pump that doesn't have shade & every now n then I come across a service station that doesn't have covered pumps so I never stop in those places. When I park, I remove my helmet, gloves & neck bandana immediately & unzip or remove my mc jacket.
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I had a similar question just last weekend as I was preparing to leave for a 3 day trip. I posted the question in the Concours forum, and there was some good discussion there on high temperatures and how, though it may seem counter-intuitive, jackets that keep moisture in can actually keep you cooler above certain temps. Here's the discussion thread:

Which Jacket to Take
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I'm in Texas and most of my rides are at least 125 miles, and going 225 miles or more is not uncommon.
It's hot at least 5-6 months out of the year. August is probably the worst, but I always just accept that it's going to be hot.

I wear an HJC FF helmet with bandana underneath & bandana around the neck.
White long sleeve shirt with Joe Rocket mesh armored jacket. Leather gloves with armor.
Levis blue jeans. Fabric/suede hiking boots (leather boots are just too hot).
Sometimes when I'm just riding around town, I skip the jacket & jeans, and wear high top B-ball shoes.

Whenever possible or whenever there is a choice, I choose a route or a lane that has shade.
When stopping, I always stop in the shade, and when I stop for fuel, I only use a pump where it's shady. often times there's at least one gasoline pump that doesn't have shade & every now n then I come across a service station that doesn't have covered pumps so I never stop in those places. When I park, I remove my helmet, gloves & neck bandana immediately & unzip or remove my mc jacket.
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Martin! You are a Texan? What town?

BTW: I don't much care what I wear but areas of skin that exposed to the first of the summer sun need to be covered in something. I also wear clean underwear as my momma told me that if I am in a wreck and go to the hospital, they don't want to see.... well you get the idea.

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H-Town. I rarely get as far as San Antonio and actually don't get out to the Hill country often enough.
When I do, I usually go to Washington-on-the-Brazos, then take the La Bahia Trail to Lake Summerville.
It takes about an hour just to get out of Houston, so I tend to ride the Gulf Coast.
even then it takes about 30-mins of riding to get clear of the cars.

ps: I envy your location.



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I'm one of those ATGATT'ers, but that's just personal preference, as I feel it's your choice what to wear. That said...

In really hot weather, I'm usually in a perforated leather jacket. Once I'm rolling, the air flows really well through it, while still giving plenty of protection from sun, debris, and the possible 'off'. However, as it's black, it does absorb the sun quite a bit when stopped. If it's really hot, I've been known to pour half a bottle of water down around the neck, and the airflow through the jacket will cool me off quite nicely as the water evaporates and pulls heat from the body.
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