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Old 06-21-2017, 06:14 AM   #1
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So, just recently around my area there's been an excessive heat warning. Will it hurt the bike if I'm riding 20 minutes to work during traffic in 110+ degree weather?
I've ridden it the past 2 days with seemingly no issues, but the bike does get kinda close to redlining when I'm sitting in traffic. And I got a slight burn on my right leg from the heat radiating from the engine.
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:36 AM   #2
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We hit 120F the last two days...would love to have it only 110F. Don't worry about your bike. Its you that you should be more concerned with riding in 'extreme' temps. Mine will edge right up to redline in stop n go or when above 80mph. If its not puking coolant then all is fine. I do find I need to run premium fuel to keep pinging at bay and, of course, the first time you hear your fuel boiling away in your tank can be a bit unnerving but is not unusual in our higher temp days.
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No, the bike is fine.

If it's not puking, it's not overheating.



July 24th, 2014. I had just pulled into work and checked my thermometer.

Digital because my previous one didn't go that high.

Make sure to protect yourself from the heat. The bike can easily take it.

5 days a week for several summers, I was rolling in mid-high 1teens on my 55mi commute to work.

Bike's fine.
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:23 AM   #4
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No, the bike is fine. If it's not puking, it's not overheating.
But if Y0U'RE puking, that's a bad sign. As Chuck noted, rider is more vulnerable than bike when riding in 100+ heat.

Read up on hyperthermia, which is the opposite of hypothermia (reduced body temperature as a result of riding in cold weather.)

Among the symptoms, "confusion" may be the most serious for the hot weather motorcyclist. If your overheated brain starts making bad decisions while you're riding, consequences can be big.
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Old 06-21-2017, 09:36 PM   #5
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Official temp yesterday was 119. The thermometer on my S10 hit 129 on my ride home yesterday. It must be cooling off, it only read 127 today.

Tip: When it gets that hot no exposed skin. I was wearing my Klim Badlands jacket and it was a lot more comfortable than my mesh jacket in the heat.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:51 PM   #6
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Official temp yesterday was 119. The thermometer on my S10 hit 129 on my ride home yesterday. It must be cooling off, it only read 127 today.

Tip: When it gets that hot no exposed skin. I was wearing my Klim Badlands jacket and it was a lot more comfortable than my mesh jacket in the heat.
Thats correct. Once temps crest 110F you ADD layers and absolutely no exposed skin. (short rides doesn't apply) My one piece aerostich is too hot when temps range from 95 to 105F but once over 110F the Aerostich is much cooler/safer.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:36 PM   #7
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The few times I have ridden when it was over 100, that was too much for me. I often ride when it's 95 and I don't even like that. At 110, I have a feeling most riders will call it quits before the bike does.
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Thats correct. Once temps crest 110F you ADD layers and absolutely no exposed skin. (short rides doesn't apply) My one piece aerostich is too hot when temps range from 95 to 105F but once over 110F the Aerostich is much cooler/safer.
I had the pleasure of sharing this information, given to me by Robert Z, with a fellow rider from a FB group. As did I, he found it counterintuitive but eventually reached out and thanked me for the info after he tried it.

I believe Robert's words were something like "the hot air acts as a desiccant on your skin." Boy do those words make sense once your ride on a 115 degree day!!
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:51 AM   #9
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I have to give credit. Chuck told ME the same thing a few years back, and as usual, I did not believe him.

Then I tried it, and found he was (as usual) righter than I was.

There's a balance to be found. Doesn't matter, find the balance.

For me, it was armor (Fox Titan 2), with a LS cotton tshirt on the outside. This allowed the greatest amount of moisture evaporation, while protecting my skin from the hot wind.

I must add, that for a 50 mile ride, I kept a 2L hydration bladder on the tank... and it was always nearly empty (or empty) by the time I pulled into work.

The armor saved my buttocks one day. Chunk of chrome got kicked up, took me in the front of the shoulder.

I stayed in the seat, got a lovely bruise, but otherwise, the armor earned a place that day.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:00 PM   #10
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I have to give credit. Chuck told ME the same thing a few years back, and as usual, I did not believe him.

Then I tried it, and found he was (as usual) righter than I was.

There's a balance to be found. Doesn't matter, find the balance.


The armor saved my buttocks one day. Chunk of chrome got kicked up, took me in the front of the shoulder.

I stayed in the seat, got a lovely bruise, but otherwise, the armor earned a place that day.
Hey that's how the learning process works! Glad you protected yourself!
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Yup had to fire up the furnace this AM to drive out the cold, damp. Coffee was hot too, for a reason. No mesh for me right now..it's too cold at speed. Guess I could use the heated vest and grip heaters, but I need the waterproofs so might as well stay with the armoured shell attire. I hear the water crossings are closed up in the north 'burbs with crest peaks today, tomorrow. Looks like rain for the end of the week.

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Old 07-22-2017, 12:03 PM   #12
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It's been pretty hot here but sub 100. I'm regretting that I got my gear trying to be cheap. I'm thinking of getting something better next year, any recommendations? I keep seeing aerostitch. I'm looking for something I can layer on a coat for the winter or what not. Or at least something I can use a rain suit with a sweater to keep warm when it gets around. 10-30 degrees.
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Recent trip from Orygun to SW had days above 104 and saw high of 112F. Wet bandana, CamelBak, wicking T and shorts, and temps were tolerable in my Klim Badlands. Keep in mind I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, so triple digits feel like home.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:35 PM   #14
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Recent trip from Orygun to SW had days above 104 and saw high of 112F. Wet bandana, CamelBak, wicking T and shorts, and temps were tolerable in my Klim Badlands. Keep in mind I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, so triple digits feel like home.
Shorts in the Klim Badlands pants? Does the lining stick to your skin? I have Bilt Air Explorer pants, that turn out to work well year round for me, but the lining clings to my leg skin like shrink wrap. Now I wear spandex pants under them and it works well.

The spandex pants are so comfortable sometimes I leave them on after I get home and forget about it until somebody rings the doorbell and I have to run around finding something normal to throw on.
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G59JnM4JKNQ

I wear a light pair of workout pants under my Dakars and Badlands. I prefer tomhave the wicking layer isolate my skin from the pants as I don't like the sticky feeling. Also, I don't have the issues with tights tha AzPi has. I already did a dad's dance at my daughters dance studio last year.
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G59JnM4JKNQ

I wear a light pair of workout pants under my Dakars and Badlands. I prefer tomhave the wicking layer isolate my skin from the pants as I don't like the sticky feeling. Also, I don't have the issues with tights tha AzPi has. I already did a dad's dance at my daughters dance studio last year.
Full disclosure, I was really hoping the video link was the dad's dance. But "EVERY TIME" was pretty funny too!
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Thank goodness it didn't get filmed as far as I know.
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Shorts in the Klim Badlands pants? Does the lining stick to your skin? I have Bilt Air Explorer pants, that turn out to work well year round for me, but the lining clings to my leg skin like shrink wrap. Now I wear spandex pants under them and it works well.

The spandex pants are so comfortable sometimes I leave them on after I get home and forget about it until somebody rings the doorbell and I have to run around finding something normal to throw on.
Nope, nothing in the Badlands pants sticks to my skin.
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