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What do you wear when you ride in the summer?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Justa_TXguy, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Justa_TXguy


    May 3, 2004
    Houston, TX
    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.
  2. RBR


    Apr 18, 2001
    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.

  3. F14Scott

    F14Scott Luggage CLM

    Sep 13, 2001
    Katy, TX
    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.
  4. Researcher


    Apr 19, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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.
  5. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    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.
  6. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

    May 11, 2001
    Farmington, MI
  7. BrianM_G21


    Aug 18, 2004
    Manchester, GA
    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.
  8. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

    Sep 2, 2004
    Southern California
    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
  9. RKC2000

    RKC2000 OFOPOS

    Jun 2, 2003
    No matter what the temperature (granted Minnesota's not terribly hot) but min. gear is boots, jeans and gloves (and G36 or KelTec).
  10. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

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

    skorpio Arsenal? Me?

    Mar 14, 2004
    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.
  13. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

    Sep 2, 2004
    Southern California
    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.
  14. SJCA35


    May 5, 2001
    San Jose, CA USA

    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.

  15. Code3Response

    Code3Response Code3 Response

    May 28, 2002
    Central CA
    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.
  16. ClickClickBoom

    ClickClickBoom Sod Off

    Sep 21, 2003
    Still The Back 40
    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.
  17. Bullman

    Bullman Deranged Deputy

    Oct 11, 2003
    SW Virginia
    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.
  18. 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.

  19. skorpio

    skorpio Arsenal? Me?

    Mar 14, 2004
    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.
  20. xrated


    Oct 7, 2004
    St. Louis, MO. area
    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.