I was just curious. How many guys here ride without full protection when it gets REAL hot? C'mon. Be honest.
When it gets too hot and muggy here in CA, I will sometimes ride with just pants, boots, gloves & helmet. No jacket. I find this to be comfortable up about 55 mph. Then the flapping of my T-shirt gets to me. I do this only when I'm riding around town and not exceeding 55 mph. I'm also extra careful and cautious when I ride without my jacket. I'm willing to take that risk for the sake of not melting.
I think perforated summer jackets help. But nothing is cooler than just having a T-Shirt when you have to deal with stop & go traffic in the middle of August!. Except maybe T-shirt & shorts. But that's beyond what I'm willing to risk.
Bare minimum I ALWAYS wear a helmet, gloves, pants and boots. 80% of the time I will wear my textile Joe Rocket Atomic jacket with body armor. But there are days that it's just too hot and I go with just a T-shirt plus the minimum. In the summer time the air gets so hot in AZ that you can get "wind burn", those days I will suffer a little and wear the textile jacket.
I use to be religious about wearing my leather jacket even during the summer time but you can get heat stroke/dehydrate so easily if you don't pay attention to your body. Almost passed out one time in the middle of an intersection on a 114F day after a 3 hour ride. Luckily I was able to stumble and walk my bike over to the sidewalk, got under a tree and laid there for 45 mins until I could get my butt up and walk over to the AM/PM. Got some water and stuffed myself into their beer fridge for awhile. The clerk got pissed off... I had to pay them off to "use" their facilities to cool down.
Well, I wish I had a closet full of bike stuff but I don't. I have a 2 piece set of non-perf leathers. Always wear the jacket, sometimes without armor. Always wear gloves and helmet (the law here). I do leave behind my boots and bottom of the suit when I don't think I will be racing on the street sometimes. BUT, if I know I'm heading out to the country with several riders, I usually suit up. Hell, it gives me more excuses to stop for drinks (and I don't mean beer).
July and August in North Carolina means 90+ temps and about 80% humidity, I don't even like getting in the "cage" during these months. That means slower riding and T-shirts here. And I'll probably have to out run the T-storms that happen here in a split second during July and August. As they say here, if you don't like the weather in NC, just wait 5 minutes and it will change.
wow, i pretty much dont own boots, and i only werar gloves on the real cold nights... Jacket on all but the hottest days... Then again i dont showoff every second, just a quick speed brst here or there...
the norm is jeans, a t shirt, sneakers and maybe the jacket, although i sub in a sweater alot
Always - Helmet and Gloves
95% of the time - Jeans and boots
80% Jacket w/armor
If I'm going out on the highway, I always wear jeans and almost always the jacket. Around town, I'll wear a t-shirt if it's really hot and humid. With the vents open, the jacket is not too bad on hot days on the highway, but it's a rotisserie oven in stop-and-go traffic. I definitely ride more conservatively if I'm in a t-shirt and shorts.