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post #1 of 16 Old 10-02-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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It's been way too hot for me to ride here in TN this summer. Not just this summer but every summer. Even with a full mesh jacket and all vents on the Shoei opened I sweat my butt off. Looking forward to some cool fronts blowing in so I can get out and ride. Anyone else prefer riding in the fall, early winter and spring times?

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I live in Southern California.

Even though I can ride year round, I do prefer the fall & spring riding season. It's usually the mildest, has the best colors (our trees & landscape do change color also), and the summer crowds are gone.

Early summer sucks the most. Almost always foggy in the morning, often drizzling. I got drizzled on in the morning all the way to early August! Late summer is great though...September - October has clear skies morning until night.

Most of August and early September are the worst for heat. Some days are 90-100 F. Lots of bugs. Tons of tourists and fair weather riders and drivers.

Dec-Feb suck also. Days are shorter and temperatures rarely get above 40 in the mountains.

At least I don't have to worry about snow where I live.
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I live in Southern California.

Even though I can ride year round, I do prefer the fall & spring riding season. It's usually the mildest, has the best colors (our trees & landscape do change color also), and the summer crowds are gone.

Early summer sucks the most. Almost always foggy in the morning, often drizzling. I got drizzled on in the morning all the way to early August! Late summer is great though...September - October has clear skies morning until night.

Most of August and early September are the worst for heat. Some days are 90-100 F. Lots of bugs. Tons of tourists and fair weather riders and drivers.

Dec-Feb suck also. Days are shorter and temperatures rarely get above 40 in the mountains.

At least I don't have to worry about snow where I live.

Oh you poor baby! Get some heated gear, a decent windscreen and ride year around!

Ken in Seattle. Daily commuter 1985-2003. If it's not icy, it's a day to ride! I gotta admit that after retiring I don't hit the road in the rain much.

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Definitely not a fan of the Texas heat but I ride anyway.

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post #5 of 16 Old 10-02-2019, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Definitely not a fan of the Texas heat but I ride anyway.
I'm originally from the Houston area. I would hate to ride in that heat except maybe at night.

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Definitely not a fan of the Texas heat but I ride anyway.
I'm originally from the Houston area. I would hate to ride in that heat except maybe at night.
And I'm moving to Houston soon ...... 😥
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LOL. you southern states people crack me up. If it gets below 50F, you act like the apocalypse is occurring. I ride year around here in Nebraska as long as the roads are clear. Get some good gear and ride!

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LOL. you southern states people crack me up. If it gets below 50F, you act like the apocalypse is occurring. I ride year around here in Nebraska as long as the roads are clear. Get some good gear and ride!
Not me man. Born and raised around Houston, Tx but joined the Army in 96. Was stationed at Ft Drum, NY (30 miles south of Ontario Canada) and Ft Richardson, Alaska. I've grown to like the colder weather way more than the heat.

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San Antonio, Tx here. I ride year round. I rode 1000 miles inside of Death Valley in July 2018, where the high temp was 128 and road surface temp was officially clocked at 157. After being in those temps, riding in 100 degree weather is a piece of cake. It all depends on your gear setup for heat management. Mesh is actually the worst. Read about evaporative cooling and it will solve most of your problems.
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Oh you poor baby! Get some heated gear, a decent windscreen and ride year around!

Ken in Seattle. Daily commuter 1985-2003. If it's not icy, it's a day to ride! I gotta admit that after retiring I don't hit the road in the rain much.

Yeah yeah yeah tough guy. LOL!

I do ride year round. I ride to work daily, rain or shine. I also have heated gear, rain gear, etc. BTW I ride in the rain on a naked dual sport bike. I don't need no stinkin' windshield! Because I do, I've earned the right to bitch about the weather.
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