How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?


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How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by coolrogue1 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:39 pm



As a "young" man I rode all year round here in the Phoenix metro area. I grew up here and was acclimated to the heat so it didn't bother me...now that I've aged (64) I have found that I just can't take the excessive heat anymore.

Here in the Phoenix area starting tomorrow we will be under an excessive heat warning. The temps next Monday and Tuesday are predicted to be 120+.. That to me is dangerously high to be out with the sun shining down on my noggin. Plus the humidity will be very low to the point if you don't wear some kind of lip balm/chapstick you lips can get go dry the split and bleed. (been there)..

So how hot does it have to be before you will NOT ride?

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Re: How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by cardinal » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:46 pm

When I was working, 30 minutes each way, I would ride unless the predicted high was 102 or higher. Now that I just ride for fun, and will be on the bike for several hours, I try to be back before the temp tops 95 or so. I'm 70 and live in Fresno, CA.

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Post by cyberlon » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:54 pm

I loved living in Phoenix, "it's a dry heat" is what all the souvenir shops said. Somewhere around 1990, I was there for a week of really hot weather, I think the air temp got to about 120 F. Add to that the reflective heat of asphalt and concrete, and now matter how "dry" it was, you couldn't touch anything that received sunlight until after dark. Generally speaking though, if I leave tracks in asphalt, it's too hot to ride.

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Re: How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by golden highway » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:44 pm

Once it hits the upper 90's I limit my time on the bike above that I don't ride or at least far. I left out one day early and by mid day it was 108 and I was 3 hours from home. It was miserable and getting worse. I decided to jump on the interstate and make a run for home. I thought the wind would be great. I was wrong riding the interstate was like riding in a blast furnace. Once I was on the interstate I was stuck to the next exit an hour away. I stopped at a rest area thinking I could cool off in air conditioned building. I was wrong again there as was out. I grabbed a bottle of water our of my trunk it was hot hot water. I was thinking I might not make it home. I dumped the water all over me and the water was burning me. I got on the road and was dry in a few minutes. I made it to the next exit and road the back roads the rest of the way home. It was much cooler. I can't even think how bad 120 would be.

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Post by Solina Dave » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:59 pm

I live up here in "The Great White North". I know what you're thinking, igloos and whale blubber sandwiches. Right? But it does get hot up hear as well. And often it's humid, so that makes it very uncomfortable. I've been to the southwestern U.S. before, a couple of times. Death Valley was 111ºF, and that was way too hot for me. I love the very appropriately named towns there, Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek. :lol:
To be honest I just turned 70, and luckily I don't have to depend on my motorcycle for transportation to and from work. Also, not being tied to a job that requires me to be there at very specific times through the week, I can be very selective as to when I choose to go riding. That's just fine with me. Instead of going for a lot of rides in all kinds of weather, especially in extreme heat, and of course in the rain, I simply go for much longer rides each time I do go.

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Re: How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by newday777 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:58 pm

I was riding 2 years ago headed east from San Diego to NH. Hit palm springs @ 9am @100°. Vented jacket and cool neck wrap wasn't doin it. Put on my 1st cool vest from the cooler. By the time I pulled off at Blythe it was 110°, vest was dry. I sat in McDs sucking water and Ice tea for an hour to get my body temp down. Put on second cool vest to head up to Prescott. 45 minutes and I was wishing it was only 90 but it wasn't. Not good riding in the heat.
Been wanting to get a Veskimo cold water vest but can't afford the $500 outlay for one.
Guess I'll have to leave at 2 am in a few weeks when I get headed east this year. Been delayed again. Planned for early May departure. Oh well. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate.

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Post by offcenter » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:19 pm

For me, 95 degrees is about it.
95 with low humidity wouldn't be too bad, but this is New Jersey and low humidity here
is rare. Usually it's sweltering, so I stay home.
If it's going to be a hot day, I'll head out for a ride EARLY in the morning.
By the time it starts getting really hot, I will have had enough
and be heading for home.
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Post by brettchallenger » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:11 am

It is unusually hot here in England at the moment, and with temps hovering around 80f it is far too hot for me to ride. I just find it very unpleasant. I suppose it would be more bearable if I didn't wear protective clothing but I won't do that. Quite how people ride in the 90s is beyond me, though if you live a place where such temps are the norm I guess you can get used to it.
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Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:10 am

I rode in stop and go traffic on Friday afternoon, my bike's thermometer was showing 99 degrees. I always ride in full gear, and that day was no different. However I was quite comfortable, because I was wearing my phase change cooling vest. It makes unbearable riding heat quite bearable.

Later on my trip Friday night, I hit rain showers and put on my rain gear. Now normally rain gear on top of my regular gear, when it is hot and humid out would be a horrible experience, but once again, with the cooling vest it wasn't bad at all.

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Post by themainviking » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:45 pm

About 30 years ago, I lived in New Mexico and travelled all over from there including Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California in the Fresno area, Arizona and Texas. Typical June/July could hit 112 to 118, and I rode in that. REally Fast Forward thirty years, and if it is 90 and humid, I do not ride. Even better the closer it gets to 70. My idea of a cooling vest is a wet T-Shirt, and the jacket vents open. Still wear the gear. I was down to Tennessee about five years back and it was real hot getting there so I holed up in motels with AIR during the days and rode at night. Camped in Knoxville and it was over a hundred every day, so I hit AIR conditioned places in the hottest hours. Yeah, the older I gets, the sissier I becomes.
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Post by brettchallenger » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm

unbearable riding heat
You have to remember that an English summer consists of three very hot days and a thunderstorm. The cooling vest would then be consigned to its drawer for the remaining 361 days of the year.
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Re: How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by newday777 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:43 pm

brettchallenger wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:22 pm


You have to remember that an English summer consists of three very hot days and a thunderstorm. The cooling vest would then be consigned to its drawer for the remaining 361 days of the year.

Are you saying you have more than May Grey and June Gloom!???

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Post by AZGOLD » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:29 pm

Currently 110F and I'm heading home from work ... even hotter the next few days! :shock:

I've got a small water mister that slings over the shoulder with a clip-on spray nozzle.

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Post by AZGOLD » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:34 pm

It was 113 Tuesday and 111 Wednesday ... still riding to work and back! :)
Today is ONLY supposed to be 109. LOL

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Post by Solina Dave » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:02 pm

AZGOLD wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:34 pm
It was 113 Tuesday and 111 Wednesday ... still riding to work and back! :)
Today is ONLY supposed to be 109. LOL
Well, you do have to expect cold spells now and then. :lol:
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Post by AZGOLD » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:29 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by jtmcnees » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:12 pm

I am a new rider. i ride in a vented jacket and full face helmet it was 110F here in beautiful Bakersfield California. I will ride anywhere i need to. note i also travel with an ice chest full of water and have no problem stopping to grab one. Love my wing. :D

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Post by kevin weston » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:27 pm

For me when it gets above 100 here in redding ca its been above 100 to 113 no more riding just in the mornings.

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Post by brettchallenger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:26 am

As I said, three hot days and a thunderstorm. I suspect that is it for our summer now. Keeping warm is more of an issue than keeping cool. Still the weather forecast might be wrong as they don't seem to have much of a clue. How they can keep telling us that the weather in twenty years time is going to be very different when they can't get tomorrow's right I don't know.
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Post by dtrider » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:51 pm

My wife and I just got back from a nice loop ride up to McCall, ID. It was 60F when we left Boise, about 75F when we hit McCall, and 95F when we got back home. We had an extra layer or two when we left, but we were pretty much down to just our mesh riding gear by the time we got back.

I'm not as tolerant of the heat as I used to be, but in all that wasn't too bad of a trip. We probably wouldn't have gone if it had been in the 90s when we left, but we can put up with it for a short time at the end of the day.
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Post by GaryODS » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:16 am

Always ride in a mesh jacket with armor. Usually I’m comfortable up to 90+, much over that I use an evaporative vest under the jacket (to slow the evaporation). While the vest advertises 5 -10 hours of cooling per 3-5 minute soak our normal is an 1-2 hours riding time between soaks, this has less to do with the vests but a couple of hours of high heat riding and we like to take a break.

We use TechNiche Hyperkewl Deluxe vests. They work surprisingly well, keeping the core temp down. We have used them for over 15 years and replaced them once mostly because they improved the performance. Depending on the temp and humidity we soak the vests in cool to warm water. Warm water starts the evaporation process faster.

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Post by Alesco » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:39 am

Hi, I don't ride below freezing - and I stop riding when I need a cold beer ;o)

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Post by DoctorBob » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:14 pm

The main reason (apart from the obvious comfort etc) I choose a Goldwing was because it was most likely to survive the high temps here in Western Australia in the summer time. So far I haven't had a day that I wouldn't ride, but I use a BMW Cool Vest that helps keep me on the road.

The Goldwing never even bats an eyelid towing a heavy trailer in 48c (119f) and the water temp gauge never moves above normal. The rear tyre burns off pretty quick at those temps however with the trailer in tow.

The Cool Vest works well for several hours but when I start overheating it's a matter of resoaking the vest with more water & away I go again. Simply working on evaporation, even sweat replenishes the vest as you go to a point. The other good news regarding these vests is that they aren't all that expensive to purchase.

However I will get up on a day off & think "What do I feel like for lunch"?

"Hmmm, I know.... Fish & chips.... Then I will ride 400km to get a feed for lunch & then ride home again. Another words any excuse to go for a ride. :lol:

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Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:39 pm

I like the temps between 40 and 80 degrees. However, I often ride to work in the morning (45 miles) when it is a very nice 60 degrees, only to see the Sacramento temps rise above 100 in the afternoon. The temp on the freeway can be 105, and that is just plain uncomfortable. As I go East towards home, and climb up to 3000 feet elevation where I live, the temps drop back down into the 80's. This is doable since I'm only in the heat for about a half an hour. So, I guess the answer depends on how long the ride is that makes the difference. If I know I'm going up in elevation and the temps are going to be cooler, I will start out as high as 100 degrees, but I won't ride the whole ride in that temp range. I want to go to the Hollister 4th of July rally every year, but it is just too darn hot. For sustained riding I would say if it is above 90, the car and air conditioning start to look more attractive.

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Re: How hot does it have to be before you won't ride?

Post by cbx4evr » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:52 pm

I've found this to be a very good article explaining how the body reacts to heat. When you think it's time to take off gear it's actually time to keep it on.

http://www.soundrider.com/archive/safet ... e_hot.aspx


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