Glad you made it back in one piece, Mike! I'll have to come check out your new ride.
Yeah, the heat around here is literally a killer. Imagine what we deal with when we're racing at Firebird in full leathers all day!
The big key to dealing with this kind of heat (besides just not riding in it!) is to drink LOTS and LOTS of water! Get yourself a Camelback drink system, and take plenty of breaks during a trip to get indoors and get something to drink.
Also, it helps to get riding gear that has lots of venting built in. The more airflow you can get flowing through your jacket, the better. Recently, I bought one of the new "Cooling Vests" from Rex Marsee Products. I've only used it on one ride so far, but my initial impression is that it certainly helped the situation. I could definitely feel the cooling effect. It's pricey, but hey, anything that helps in this heat is worth it. www.marseeproducts.com
Sometimes, it's hard to tell that you're starting to suffer heat exhaustion, because you don't think straight when it happens, so you think you're okay, when in reality, you're dangerously close to passing out. So preventative measures are critical...
Take it easy out there!
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