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« on: June 28, 2012, 03:23:36 pm »

Work flow has slowed and the start of a new month is generally better for me to get out of the office.  So, I was thinking of heading out on Friday and coming home next Wednesday (4th) with no particular destination... just get out and ride.

BUT, after looking at the weather forcast up and down the Appalachian Mountains, it's too hot (100+ at home and 90+ in the mountains).  I lack the motivation to get out in full gear to feel miserable in the heat every day.

I can't believe how pathetic I am being about this but temps > the low 90s isn't any fun for me.  If I were going on a long trip and knew I was going to encounter temps near 100, it wouldn't stop me.  This is similar to having a high chance of hitting storms along the way.  But knowing the there wouldn't be any relief to the temps between now and next Wednesday, I lose my motivation to go.  

Sad really.

Do I need to terminate my STN membership over this?  

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2012, 03:27:59 pm »

Tell ya what chief. You take my spot in the chair here at work and give me the keys to your K1200.

Hows that for a solution?

I have 2 words for you. Camelback/Airmesh.

Get out and ride if you have the opportunity. You have a bitchin' new bike.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 03:32:20 pm »

105 on the dash display today at lunch, climate controls set on 60 and barely keeping up. Bike tucked away in the garage until October for me unless we get a weird cold snap. I will ride the snot out of it in December and January when temps are in the 30's and 40's but it stays parked when things get above 95 with high humidity.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 03:34:07 pm »

I get a lot of hassle just leaving for 4-days.  6-days at the drop of a hat?  What a life!  And you are complaining... about the weather?!?!

I'm with ConPilot - use a hydration pack and stay moving - avoid cities.  In 6-days you could be up in New England Mountains and back.  It's only 45 F right now on top of Mount Washington.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2012, 03:34:36 pm »

It is hot. Really hot.

Remember: Skin temperature is 93, over that and the air is adding heat to your body and evaporation is the only cooling it has. Hot air over dry skin = overheating.

Can you ride in 100+ temps? Sure, but you have to do it "right" and be careful.

Can you choose to do something else and ride when temps return to a "normal" summer level? Sure, you don't even have to turn in your membership or be insecure of your gender.

But also remember that life is short, and sometimes opportunities do not reoccur, so you have to balance things...

It's not a test, its life. Choose wisely, but it's your choice.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2012, 03:40:54 pm »

It's low 90's up here in the Northeast. The further norther ya go the cooler it gets. 91 in the city valley today.
probably 85 in the mountains surrounding.

As long as you are steadily and surely rehydrating though constant sipping on a 'Bak you should be fine.
Don't forget evaporation of sweat on your skin is a natural cooling process. As long as you are replacing those evaporating fluids properly you should be fine.
I am much cooler ATTGATT on a moving bike @90 than I am sitting in the backyard in shorts and no shirt @90.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 03:41:44 pm »

Ride to the pond.

Jump in the pond.

Ride home.

Repeat as necessary.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2012, 03:55:27 pm »

We need sammyseaman to chime in here...
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2012, 03:56:13 pm »



Do I need to terminate my STN membership over this?  




Not this time, but you are now on double secret probation.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2012, 03:59:12 pm »

When I picked up my rig in a Cali a few weeks ago, it was 105-110 in the central valley when I crossed. It was no fun, and yes, does make riding a lot less fun. Luckily I got to Nevada where it was a cool 95  Lol.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2012, 03:59:46 pm »




Not this time, but you are now on double secret probation.


No biggie, I've been there for a while.  Lol
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2012, 04:01:28 pm »

I'm worse.  I haven't had any motivation to commute on my motorcycle at 84 degrees.  Too much stop and go for a short distance to put up with the sweating.  Now I won't let this temp stop me from doing a tour though.  But commuting, not so much.

Now I have ridden outside the urban sprawl when it was 90-100+ degrees.  Mind you this is w/California dry heat.  It was freakin miserable even with mesh jacket.  Then there's the bugs.  Finally, there is always the traffic coming back to the urban sprawl so lots of lane splitting in the heat.  Not fun.  So if given a choice, I would wait a bit until September but this is only because in SoCal I can ride year round.

I am enjoying a climate controlled 74 degrees in my car, with the stereo on, talking on the cell phone with the wife, drinking a shake, having a hamburger, etc.   Lol
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2012, 04:08:13 pm »


I am enjoying a climate controlled 74 degrees in my car, with the stereo on, talking on the cell phone with the wife, drinking a shake, having a hamburger, etc.   Lol


Good thing you're paying attention to the road and stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2012, 04:10:54 pm »

Camelbak, wetted bandana, drenched t-shirt, and away you go.

Although I recognize you get both heat AND humidity.  100F in Phoenix was fine, 100F in the NE was agony.
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2012, 04:23:31 pm »




Good thing you're paying attention to the road and stuff.


Not when I'm driving.  I seek out scooter riders.
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2012, 04:26:02 pm »

Get one of those spritzer fan thingies and some duct tape, you'll be golden.
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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2012, 04:26:13 pm »

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drinking a shake, having a hamburger, etc.


Good thing you're sticking to that diet then.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2012, 05:29:09 pm »




Good thing you're sticking to that diet then.  Thumbsup


Hunting down scooter riders needs a full belly of food.
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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2012, 05:57:51 pm »

It adds weight for maximum impact.   Lol
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« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2012, 06:47:04 pm »

Doug is a wyyyyyyner.

Hey pal, here it's 98 with a heat index of 111 and what did i do today? Fixed the AC on the sport touring SUV.

Unfortunately no riding till the new starter comes in.
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