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09-02-2004, 18:43
I've been riding on and off for more than 10 years.

I've always worn a helmet and gloves no matter the temperature.
In the cooler months (which in Texas might be 40) I wear jeans and a thick shirt. In the summer months I wear a tshirt, shorts, and tennis shoes.

As I get older, I wonder if this is enough for the summer. It's just so hot here you can't help but wear as little as posible.

Do any of you guys just bear the heat and wear jeans/thick shirt during the summer? We are talking 100 degree temp, plus 95% humidity.

09-02-2004, 19:46
I live in Houston also and can sympathize: most of my riding is on weekends. I wear an Arai Quantum/F full-face helemt, Icon Ti mesh pants ( CE armored), Alpinestars boots, leather gloves and Motophoria cordura/leather jacket (CE armored) or a Teknic perforated leather jacket with armor. With all the gear it's not too bad unless sitting in traffic during a hot day. Drink lots of water.

I've read elsewhere of wearing what you normally ride in, run as fast as you can on foot and dive onto a concrete road. Then imagine doing the same at 70mph. I would rather be hot/uncomfortable riding than in a hospital getting skin-grafts.

The older I get the more protective clothing I wear.

09-02-2004, 21:59
Concur on the gear. At a minimum, boots, jeans, a light Hein Gericke leather jacket with the vents full open over a t-shirt, gloves, Shoei RF-900.

Warm when I stop, but the sweat evaporating feels good when I go. Can't imagine getting off the bike wearing less.

09-03-2004, 09:23
No matter what the temperature the least amount of gear I have on is Helmet, Gloves, perforated leather jacket, and boots. As long as I am moving I am not hot. It is when I get stuck in traffic that I notice the heat.

Short Cut
09-03-2004, 09:24
Aerostich Darien jacket and pants. If I'm crossing Nevada in the summer time kind of hot I soak a long sleeve T or sweatshirt in water and put it on under my coat. Then I'm like a rolling swamp cooler.

09-03-2004, 09:32
You don't have to give up safety to be comfortable in the hot stuff.

The jacket I wear:

It's like riding with just a shirt on once you get rolling. It's not too hot during stops either.

I still wear my AGV leather pants for now, I'll probably get ballistic nylon ones eventually.


09-03-2004, 09:53
No matter where I've lived (DC, Phoenix, Atlanta, etc...) I've worn an Aerostich 1-piece roadcrafter, Arai helmet, Sidi boots and Held gloves. I'd rather sweat than bleed, and with the moron drives out there it seems that I have some sort of accident about every 10k miles (once or twice a year.. I use my motorcycle as my primary means of transportation). I shudder to think of the pain I would have suffered, work I would have missed and money spent on medical bills if I didn't wear full gear day in and day out.

As the saying goes, dress for the crash, not the ride.

09-04-2004, 23:53
Where I live, a tyical summer daytime temp is 110-120 degrees. Despite that, I wear full gear all the time. This includes a Shoei full face helmet, Dainese one piece suit, armored gloves, Sidi race vertebra boots, Dianese spine protector, and Howard Leight Max ear plugs. I am thinking about adding an Impact Armor chest protector

09-05-2004, 00:52
No matter what the temperature (granted Minnesota's not terribly hot) but min. gear is boots, jeans and gloves (and G36 or KelTec).

09-05-2004, 18:09
Open-face helmet and gloves. If it's hot, a t-shirt and jeans with either boots or sneakers. If it's cool, I add a leather jacket and maybe chaps.

09-05-2004, 19:08
Originally posted by BrianM_G21
No matter where I've lived (DC, Phoenix, Atlanta, etc...) I've worn an Aerostich 1-piece roadcrafter, Arai helmet, Sidi boots and Held gloves. I'd rather sweat than bleed,

As the saying goes, dress for the crash, not the ride.

Ditto! But I wear a two piece zip-together 'stich.

09-06-2004, 08:03
Shoei RF800, Held gloves, Joe Rocket Meteor jacket (lightweight and suitable for hot and cold weather), Sidi Vert II boots, and alas jeans. I'd rather be a little uncomfortabe in the heat than be extremely uncomfortable in a hospital.

And of course the requisite Honda RC51.

09-06-2004, 17:35
Originally posted by skorpio
Shoei RF800, Held gloves, Joe Rocket Meteor jacket (lightweight and suitable for hot and cold weather), Sidi Vert II boots, and alas jeans. I'd rather be a little uncomfortabe in the heat than be extremely uncomfortable in a hospital.

And of course the requisite Honda RC51.

Hi scorpio. Nice ride. Unfortunately, the jeans aren't doing much for you. As much as I love doing skin grafts on lower extremeties (my next one is scheduled for this Friday AM in Anaheim), I thought I would politely nag you about that.

09-12-2004, 22:05

Sport rides I always wear full leathers (two piece), boots, gloves and a helmet. I get mighty toasty at times (especially with the exhaust running under my seat) so I just roll on the throttle to cool off :) That and I try to time my rides for the morning if I know it's going to be a hot day.

If I'm commuting or just riding around, same everything except jeans instead of the leather pants. I keep a spare pair of shoes at work.


09-13-2004, 20:53
Depends - if Im cruising around town or stuntin ints usually a wifebeater or cutoff shirt and shorts, if Im on a long ride or gonna be on the highway ill have a minimum boots, jeans and Astar or similar jacket. Also of course a helmet.

Saw a guy today in flip flops, board shorts and no shirt or helmet - he was asking for it.

09-20-2004, 21:46
Vermont hardly ever gets warm enough to go coatless. But on the few days it does I'll leave the leather jacket behind. The one time I went out in a t-shirt and shorts, I got stuck behind a truck hauling diced corn husks. No more shorts.

09-22-2004, 09:22
I used to do a fair amount of long trip riding in the summer when I was single. Did a lot of riding in Colorado, went to Sturgis once, Took a long ride to Virginia. I always suited up for the long hauls, wore chaps, full face helmet and gloves. The one thing I neglected was my arms, I would wear a leather vest but my arms were in the wind. Well, one day while I am in Colorado, gawking at the beautiful scenery just tooling along, I come around the bend and there is a suburban stopped waiting to make a turn. To make a long story shorter, I lay it down to keep from kissing the bumper and skin my arm up, that is it. If I had been wearing as little as a denim jacket or maybe even a carhartt shirt, I might have kept my arm from getting skinned up. Whatever you don't cover, gets roughed up. My chaps have the war wounds to prove it.

09-22-2004, 18:33
In the summer I wear Draggin' Jeans, T-shirt, Leather Vest, Goggles, and carry a H2O proof jacket and pants.

The only thing missing is a helmet. I carry one for when I have to wear one, such as out of state, or when the conditions make me feel like I should. When it's raining I put my full face on and ride through the rain.

I ride a 2003 Harley FXD that has windshield, hardbags, sissybar, and highway pegs.

Keep the rubber side down and the metal side up.


10-01-2004, 22:24
eyespy: you;re raggin on me cause I wear all the other gear but cover my lower extremeties in jeans? Much as I would like to wear my one piece everywhere, I do have to park sometimes and walk around, and don't enjoy looking like I got a fresh load in my skivvies. Plus pockets are nice, too. Yes, I am aware denim is poor protection against rash, but I'm an adult and make my decisions, taking my life (and my skin) into my own hands. I appreciate your concern for my welfare, but maybe direct some comments to forum members who have admitted to going gearless, or almost gearless. Maybe some graphic reminders of pre- and post-graft surgeries.

BTW, I got some of those cool knee-draggin' pics of myself! But would love to have some taken at Pahrump. Missed my chance last year then the RC51 club (ROGUE) had a track day there.

10-08-2004, 13:37
Summer time riding for me (St. Louis area summers can be brutal) involved me wearing a full coverage helmet (Shoei RF900 Duhamel replica), a Fieldsheer mesh jacket, Joe Rocket Phoenix pants, Teknic armoured gloves, and Sidi B one boots. I never leave home without gear. My stepson went down this summer on a 600RR (3 Deer) and the only injuries he had, was because he wasn't wearing boots and good leather or textile pants (he was wearing blue jeans) I don't prech to anyone (other than my stepson) about wearing gear. If you are foolish enough to ride without it, and you are an adult, than so be it. BTW, I've ridden 33 years and never been down on the street, but I'm prepared if it ever happens.


Black Snowman
10-11-2004, 15:22
When it's hot I have a Joe Rocket Pheonix jacket and pants (the mesh ones). Better protection than a heavy shirt or light jacket and much cooler, as long as you're moving.

10-12-2004, 12:25

Nolan 100-E full-face flip helmet
Perforated leather (summer) gloves
Cruiserworks Boots
First Gear Mesh-Tex vented jacket

Cooler months:

Nolan 100-E full-face flip helmet
Tourmaster Polar Tex gloves
Jeans and chaps
Cruiserworks Boots
Leather racing style jacket
A baclava scarf-thing for neck area.

A windshield helps ALOT in cooler months.

Newenough.com is a great place to shop online. You can get great leather jackets at bikerleather.com also. Both places ship very fast and have good customer service.

10-12-2004, 13:51
Originally posted by skorpio
I appreciate your concern for my welfare, but maybe direct some comments to forum members who have admitted to going gearless, or almost gearless. Maybe some graphic reminders of pre- and post-graft surgeries. If blue jeans are all you wear below the waist, then you *are* gearless.

Really, I could care less if you leave 1/4 of your body's largest organ (your skin) along a 60 foot patch of asphalt or concrete. But I've seen what happens when canvas blue jeans meet the road - and it's NOT pretty. People DIE because they loose too much skin BELOW the belt.

Me? Full-gear, no matter what. As someone said previously, "Dress for the crash, not the ride". I've seen too many calivier, macho or "I'm just too H-O-T in full gear" people SERIOUSLY injured, when even the most basic of leather (pants) or an 'Stich would have saved them MONTHS (and years) of rehab and healing.

Just my $0.02 (not that you haven't heard it before).

02-12-2005, 16:50
Summer: Boots, Jeans, ICON Tarmac Jacket, ICON Pursuit Gloves, HJC AC-11 Fullface helmet.

02-12-2005, 21:50
When I hit the deck I was wearing a Shoei Full coverage helmet, jeans, summer gloves, and my brand new West Coast Choppers t shirt.
Although I was running about 55 when she decided she wanted to cross my lane, I hit the pavement at a slower speed, but I don't really know what it was.
I wished I had put my leather coat on. I got some nice road rash on my left arm, and to this day the puncture wound on my left side-probably from a rock or other object in the road, is still very noticeable.
A wise man once said, dress for the crash.
Words to live by.

02-14-2005, 12:20
A good mesh jacket and/or pants do wonder. There are so many companies offering mesh jackets nowadays that you'd pretty much pick one. My favorite is the First Geat Mesh-Tex jacket. It also has a mesh pants to match as well. And if you want mesh overpants, First Gear offers that too. It hasn't quite gotten hot in Southern California yet, but a month ago, there was a couple of days where it rised to the low 80s where I was at. I was quite comfortable in my mesh jacket and shorts underneath my overpants.

These mesh gears really work at speed in order to keep the rider cool.

Oh yeah, full-face helmet for me. I toyed with open-face helmet ideas but I haven't quite followed through yet. I hate a sweaty head but I hate eating bugs even worse.;f

Don't forget the mesh gloves too. I also have First Gear mesh gloves. The wind scoopers on the fingers really work.

02-14-2005, 13:21
Now that I got the Concours, I am back to full gear, including full-face helmet. The bike has good wind protection, but not to the extent the Wing did, so I went to the full-face.

I am considering switching from leathers to textile; I just need the bucks. A new helmet comes first. The full-face I am wearing now was purchased in '94. It has been sitting on a shelf since '00, but still is worn and due for replacement. I am considering either the Nolan N100E or HJC Symax, both flipfronts.

I also just got a Widder electric vest. These things are one of the best pieces of riding apparel ever invented. It really does keep you toasty.

Texas T
02-15-2005, 00:41
Originally posted by ateamer
I am considering either the Nolan N100E Nolan has just released a new helmet that is the successor to the N100E.

See this thread on the Concours site...

I had just purchased the N100E so I'm going to add the VPS option for another $55.

02-18-2005, 21:00
2003 Spirit 1100

Shoei RF-1000 Helmet (best fullface I have ever used)
Joe Rocket Boots
Joe Rocket Meshtec Phoenix Jacket
Ridegear Meshtec Pants
Summer Leather Gloves

All year round....

Ride Safe

02-19-2005, 16:31
hey yall,


work boots, jeans, t-shirt


boots, jeans, t-shirt, chaps, leather jacket, leather insulated guantlet gloves, scarf.

stay aware
keep the rubber down


02-25-2005, 23:47
Full face Arai helmet and Rocket textile jacket. Steel toe boots and gloves.
I was almost killed 10 years ago, the helmet saved my life. My boots kept my foot from being amputated.
Your'e an a-hole if you ride around with shorts and tennis shoes.

02-25-2005, 23:59
I got the N100E. Man, helmets have come a long way in 11 years (last time I bought a full-face)! I couldn't see paying $125 more for the X1002 just to have the tinted second visor (although it is kind of fighter pilot flight helmet cool) and a center latch for the flipface.

02-27-2005, 11:52
If it's too hot to ride with your gear, it's too hot to ride.

1) Arai RX7 RR4
2) Alpinestars 2-pice suit w/ GP armor
3) Sidi boots.

02-27-2005, 12:55
Never been through Needles at noon in July, eh?

02-27-2005, 22:08
Try looking at the Cyclport, Denier, Kevlar weave. 5 times stronger than new full race thickness leather. The only man made riding suit that is AMA certified.
The interesting thing is that it is NOT backed with any sort of waterproofing or weave bonding agents. This means that the air rushes through it when moving. (This also means that I pack a gortex rain suit for rain days or cold weather riding). I have been in severe summer heat and severe winter riding and this suit performs.
If and when the day comes that I go down, I will not only have the best abraishion resistance known to man but this suit has built in pads and does not degrade as does leather with each passing day.
As a side note. If the heat is extreme I can soak my t-shirt in water, put my suit back on and ride in "air conditioned comfort to the next tank filling stop. Leather doesn't forgive this activity and furthermore if one rides into the moutains toward the evening and the leather hasn't dried out, lord help you. You will freeze and the leather will still be wet an clammy" in the mroning. Not so with this material.
By the way Gortex does not hold up to daily "sweat cycles". The pores of the Gortex clog with the dirt and grime from sweat and effectively seal the rider in his own baggy of sweat. This is doubly true because Gortex does not breath enough in the first place to evacuate the heat and sweat during summer riding. Bottom line? Dual purpose suits are a compromise. Yes one doesn't need to carry a rain suit but who cares if you are already miserably sweaty most days anyway. I find that the heat/ sweat comfort issue is a daily reality but actual rain is really infrequent. For myself I have chosen to stop and put the gortex suit on those few occasions when it actually rains and ride in the comfort of a billion breathable weave pores the rest of the time.

Here is the web site.


02-28-2005, 12:29

Needles, California. Man, it was hot there. Thank goodness for the Colorado River AND the casinos in Laughlin.

I'm in Southern California and I am planning for my summer rides to be closer to the beach, so leather will be fine. But if I were to head into Death Valley, or go to Phoenix, the mesh jacket will come out and play with me.