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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Default Touring in the Summer Heat Leathers or Textiles

I am new to Victory ownership and based in the UK where it rarely gets that hot in the Summer (30'c/86'f) and in the UK I will be wearing leather most of the time.

But this Summer I will be touring on the Vegas in France for the first time and it gets much hotter. I know that in the summer in the Central and South of France it can easily be about 43-46'c/109-115'f. I will be covering some big distances each day and I am after some advice on how to do so comfortabily.

I was therefore wonder how you guys get on in America in areas that have that sort of heat when you are riding all day. Do you still wear Leathers or do you opt for Textiles?

I know you can get Textile Airflow gear that has holes in it to release heat and get fresh air blowing through it.

Is this sort of stuff popular in the States?

I would be grateful for any advice on what sort stuff people wear while touring in the heat?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 07:08 AM
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I rarely ride in hot weather but when I have found myself in those temps I ride at night. I wear jeans and a T-shirt which is not much but would not be caught dead in shorts on a bike ever. Just the way it is.

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Gear isn't nearly as prevalent here in the US as it is in Europe. So most will either not ride at all or do the previously mentioned jeans/T-shirt. Or I've seen plenty in flip-flops and shorts, nothing else. Wait...sunglasses too. lol

In MN, we're typically in the 80s/90s in the Summer, with the rare jump to the 100s. I've worn both my textile and my leather jacket. Typically, if I'm going to be in around town traffic with lower speeds and frequent stops, I'll opt for the textile/mesh. Even with armor, it offers a litte less protection, but is better than nothing. The mesh nature allows you to cool down a lot quicker. If I'm on the open road and just moving at a good pace without many stops, I'll opt for the leather for better protection (plus, with longer distances, you're more likely to hit changing weather). I have long vents front and back that really help it breathe. It just gets hot if you're at a stop.

Aside from that, don't know what you wear for headgear. A half helmet will provide better airflow obviously at a cost to full head protection. If you have a full face, I hope it breathes well! Plan on frequent stops (every hour or so). Probably won't hurt to have a Camelbak or some other hydration system. These work best since you can drink while you ride. Hands down, the most important thing is controlling your core temp. Breaks and LOTS of water will take care of that just fine. Enjoy the ride!

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I ride year round in Utah - temp ranges from 25 to 105 degrees. Around here you wear what you've got and bring something heavier or ligher depending on the season and your cargo capacity.

You just learn to tolerate the heat or cold. It's sort of like marriage; sometimes it's easier to tolerate than others...


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A leather jacket with plenty of vents will do just fine. I ride mine in California, and vents open on a hot day allow me to forget I'm even wearing a jacket. But, if you're stopped somewhere for a minute or two, with no air circulation that's when you will get hot. Gotta keep moving.

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I ride with protective gear year round.
In the summer heat, I wear one of these.

With this jacket, you can close it up for cool mornings, then open it up for afternoon heat.

Here in Kansas, we get high heat and high humidity.

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