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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.
 
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I ride with a T-Shirt sometimes, sometimes on the highway .... But I usually wear a jacket .
 

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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.
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Be Safe and be smart!
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Summer attire...

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).
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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WEll on the hottest of days I go out in a tee shirt. Other then that I am usually in a leather jacket. Sometimes but hardly ever I wear shorts.
 

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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.
 

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I always wear

Jacket
Helmet
Gloves
Boots (Doc Martins or AGV's)

I feel nekkid without em. Yes it's get's toasty as hell here in Arizona. I've tried going without my Jacket a few times, but I felt uncomfortable as hell.

It does help that I have a perf Vanson though. ;)
 

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Perf jacket above 65 deg., solid below 65deg. If it's real hot, I wet down my shirt at stops. As that dries, it cools nicely. Goretex lined boots. That stuff is good from full hot to about 40 deg. cool.
 

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See my reply in *hot hot hot weather*. Dainese makes an awesome upper body armor solution that is mesh and surprisingly cool. I recommend it for everyone in a hot climate.
 

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Do any of you wear fingerless gloves? I have some top of the line (tecknic? spelling?) with little metal studs and crap, but they are too big. I usually do the fingerless thing because I feel like I am not getting good controls movement. I am sure that tighter gloves would fix this, but during the summer, the fingerless feel so much better. Any comment?
BTW-I always without a doubt wear my helmet. I wear my fingerless gloves 98% of the time. I wear boots and jeans always as well.

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raveosaurus said:
Do any of you wear fingerless gloves? I have some top of the line (tecknic? spelling?) with little metal studs and crap, but they are too big. I usually do the fingerless thing because I feel like I am not getting good controls movement. I am sure that tighter gloves would fix this, but during the summer, the fingerless feel so much better. Any comment?
BTW-I always without a doubt wear my helmet. I wear my fingerless gloves 98% of the time. I wear boots and jeans always as well.

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Nix the fingerless for the same reason you bring it up. You'll get used to a pair with leather fingers easy enough.
 

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I ALWAYS use full gloves. Why? Even in a minor crash, your hands will be the first, if not the second things that will hit the ground. And your fingers are one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Ever wonder why paper cuts hurts so much(more like irritates)? Imagine road rash on your hands! It's not worth it.

Years ago I had a minor lowside. I didn't even have a single scratch. But upon checking my riding apparel, I noticed my left glove had a 1/8" hole on the edge of the left pinky finger. Apparently, the lowside had my hand sliding on the tarmac and it barely missed my finger. The glove saved it from possibly grounding down to the bone!
 

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I'm with Robert. I always were jacket, gloves, helmet, and hiking boots. It just doesn't feel right not having protection. Besides here in AZ if you were to go down at least your protected form the 8000 degree pavement.
 

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ride with a jacket?

In the winter, and temp is below 75 degrees, I do wear a jacket, boots, gloves, and pants, helmet. But when the weather is around 80 degrees and above, I ALWAYS just wear; a t-shirt, wear boots, pants, gloves, helmet etc.

I hate to see these guys, speeding on a sportbike, with NO attire on. Example, shorts, no gloves, tang top, no boots & 90 miles an hour :(

Right now, leathers are hardly not made for "big" guys like me. Racing leather are made for "skinning" men. I know some guys that are not "fat" but just built, and cannot fit into some of these racing leathers. I do own a leather jacket, but it is to heavy and bulky for 100 plus degrees :D
 

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richardr6 said:
In the winter, and temp is below 75 degrees, I do wear a jacket, boots, gloves, and pants, helmet. But when the weather is around 80 degrees and above, I ALWAYS just wear; a t-shirt, wear boots, pants, gloves, helmet etc.

I hate to see these guys, speeding on a sportbike, with NO attire on. Example, shorts, no gloves, tang top, no boots & 90 miles an hour :(

Right now, leathers are hardly not made for "big" guys like me. Racing leather are made for "skinning" men. I know some guys that are not "fat" but just built, and cannot fit into some of these racing leathers. I do own a leather jacket, but it is to heavy and bulky for 100 plus degrees :D
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When you are on the side of the road, dehydrated and passed out, I will remember your words, "wuzzy" It is whatever you are used to. So, 75 degrees, can get really chilly in the winter, Our 80 degrees summer days, would make some of you northerns, pull over on the side of the road to rest , whereas I would be trucking on..... :D
 
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