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We are looking to have temperatures in the one teens all this week. :(
Riding to work in the 80's is no problem but that 25 mile ride home.....well no thanks. I use to do it when I was younger but when it's not fun to ride I don't.
Besides not being fun at those temperatures and my age the heat effects me more. So it's the Diesel Passat & A/C for work this week for me. ;)
 

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I hate hot weather. Always have, always will. Makes me feel horrible and puts me in a sweaty, bad, bad mood.

That said - I just don't see how it can be "too hot" to ride. Besides which, my alternative is a topless Jeep, so, while the Jeep is "cool" - I don't think it would be any cooler :)

It rains here every day anyway.
 

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When I was young and dumb I raced in the desert in Nevada once when it was 117F. It would kill me today. We actually raced with 3/4 helmets back then so at least one could breath. I can run at 90F all day long if I'm on the highway above 45mph and stay hydrated. I did 4 hours the other day near 90F and didn't stop for water, Big mistake. I was real shaky and had a headache all evening.
 

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Chill-Its 6665 Evaporative Cooling Vest - Safety Vests - Amazon.com


Amazon.com: Flexi Freeze Ice Vest, Navy: Sports & Outdoors


Chill vest maybe? These should cool ya for the ride home.

With mine, I found if the core body is cool, the rest isn't too bad. So I highly recommend a cooling vest with vented jacket on triple digit days. I have "Heat Out" brand wear as well, but it doesn't actively cool, like these vests. Might be just the thing for a hot ride home,
Living in the desert for 45+ years, I've used those & yes they work to a point. After eight hours of working inside & out in 110+ temperature I just don't feel like riding in it. :sad3:
 

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I think you are wise to treat the heat with respect.
Being uncomfortable is bad enough, heat exhaustion much worse, but its easy to get into lethal trouble in the desert when you think you are ok sat there doing nothing.

Mad dogs and englishmen .........
 

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Yup. I rode in 107F weather last year when I was visiting my folks in AZ. I used a Camelbak and kept the windscreen up all the time. It was neat seeing all the big dust devils off in the desert, but not something I'd prefer to do on a regular basis. And I have noticed that my resistance to heat (and cold) are decreasing as I age - probably due to the decrease in the effectiveness of my circulatory system.

Enjoy the car A/C and store the scooter until the weather breaks.
 

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Chill-Its 6665 Evaporative Cooling Vest - Safety Vests - Amazon.com


Amazon.com: Flexi Freeze Ice Vest, Navy: Sports & Outdoors


Chill vest maybe? These should cool ya for the ride home.

With mine, I found if the core body is cool, the rest isn't too bad. So I highly recommend a cooling vest with vented jacket on triple digit days. I have "Heat Out" brand wear as well, but it doesn't actively cool, like these vests. Might be just the thing for a hot ride home,

I have the Chill-Its, it really works and was recommended by someone in New Mexico I think. I will keep you cool and comfortable for at least 3 hours over 110F.

that's the cheapest cooling vests around, mind you it gets you wet, some dont like that and go for more pro solutions such as evaporative solutions such as the Macna Dry Cooling vest $194.99

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/macna-dry-cooling-vest

or the newest kool3

http://www.kool3.com/index.html
 

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You've got to be very careful about dehydrating yourself as it can sneak up on you with dire consequences:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=Heat+stroke&title=Special:Search

One time, coming back to Southern, CA from The Grants Pass area of Oregon, riding our Harleys on Interstate 5, in about 99 degree plus weather, we'd managed to make it in to Bakersfield, CA, after we'd stopped about every 75 miles or so to rehydrate and my Bud and I were both okay but when we looked at his Girlfriend, she was beet red and not completely coherent and scared us to death. We filled her with cold Gatorade to get her electrolytes back in order and kept her in a cool shower ubtil she felt better, which took a long time! Beware!

Sam:cool:
 

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I wouldn't be storing it as if it's the weekend I'll still ride in the morning. In a couple of weeks I'm headed to Glacier N.P. so I'll take it there in my toyhauler & ride where it's cool. :thumbup:
 

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I had an ambulance ride almost exactly 22 years just after I moved to Florida, after riding 350 miles in 100° F weather, all at 75 to 80 mph--sweated out gobs of water and electrolytes that just evaporated as fast as they came out. Got home and 40 minutes later passed out, my wife found me a couple hours later and they carried me out.

It been high 90s here for a couple weeks, but it's our "dry" season so the RH has been 45 to 50%--30 miles round trip from here to town and that's about all I care to do...
 

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I spent over a year out in the Sahara - a seriously big desert

During that time several people died from not taking the heat seriously.
 

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Every year there is a story on the news of folks that head out into the desert. They end up breaking down or getting stuck or lost. No cell service and weeks later they find them without a good out come. :(
 

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Walked out and started the Burg at 4:00 PM, temp gauge said it was 114 degrees. Never dropped below 100 on the way home, about 56 miles. The hottest 2 weeks in NC, for some time.
 

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It's close to the hot months here in Austin. Been in the upper 90's already, going to try the vented vest to see if that cools me off riding to work.
 

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Living in the desert for 45+ years, I've used those & yes they work to a point. After eight hours of working inside & out in 110+ temperature I just don't feel like riding in it. :sad3:
Understood. I have a place in La Quinta and have ridden out there and the Salton Sea many times. But I do try to avoid July and August, it's just no fun in that much heat.

On a different subject, have you tried the Sunday brunch at the Augustine casino on 54th? My God, what a spread and cheap too. It is a must for desert weekend rides with my buddies and I.
 

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I road into Vegas once - having ridden through the desert all day in the blazing sun, up from Mexico. It was 110 degrees when I rolled into Needles, CA. I was wearing a heavy leather bomber jacket with fleece lining, jeans, and a full face helmet. Yeah, it was hot, but it wasn't THAT bad. It did inspire me to buy a mesh jacket a few thousand miles later though :)
 
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