Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, May 10, 2019.
Oh man, that’s a whole nother rabbit hole I could get lost in!
Its too hot here like Marty says...So i ride early a.m. or late evenings....although morning air is the best..Was out playing ADVrider local tag games with the ST1100..150 miles before breakfast....and home before 11.am.Its currently 92* and for NC that is plenty hot enough..
Threw some crap in the Barge and headed down to Wyalusing State Park, Campground is on a high ridge overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, back roads down, overnight, then a back road wander to southwest Wisconsin only using GPS to (mostly) avoid dead ends, and back home, about 250 miles total Love the driftless area of Wisconsin.
Was beautiful couple days to be out on the bike.
Really enjoying the 1300 Venture, Yamaha got a LOT right on this bike and it has few glitches.
Aside from the weight...
Check the road name, I just hadda get a pic.
Ohhhh, man, you two, so cool! I got to get out and do some riding but was making hay time again! 110 real feel and I put up 106 bales. Maybe I can get out the next morning to two.
Went for a short 35 smile ride this morning to warm the bike up before dropping the oil. I stopped by the village I grew up in. While there took a pic of the oldest house/building there.It's what is stilled referred to as the old "hotel". It was built in 1839. I've never been in it. It has quite a past. Started out as a hotel. At some point was a tavern/brothel. Rumored to have been a stop on the "underground railroad". Reason for it being built is across the street from it is a ferry crossing also it was a stop for a stage coach.
Took a ride to a reservoir local to my home. Saw three wild turkeys, and took some pics of the new rebel. This will be my go to photo spot for my XS Debut as well
It's about a 30 minute ride from home.
GLJ, seems we had similar experiences!
Man! What a nice ride Gary, I could ride on roads like that, all day long. Just beautiful!
Nice photo Greg! You know I’m a sucker for history. Your bike is looking good, I really like how you kept that original paint, but it’s all mechanically new underneath.
Did a little research on the hotel. Read something I had never heard. The "Banditti" gang spent the night there after they robbed and murdered Col. Davenport ( Davenport Iowa named after him). Also Lincoln may have spent a night or two there while he was practicing law.
Went out for a ride this morning. I wanted to check on the Bighorn Fire on the west side along Pusch Ridge. Last time I was along there there was heavy smoke. That was about a month ago. No smoke at all. There has been no visible smoke on the south side of the Catalinas. Last I heard, the fire was 85% contained. Humidity and temps are up because of the Monsoon season starting. I didn't stop to take any pics. I got home and I was so glad to get out of the mesh jacket, riding pants and helmet. All told it was about 60 miles. It wasn't even a 100* bit it felt like 110. Even moving along at 50-60 mph.
Its been scientifically proven that if you are wearing mesh gear and riding in temps of 93+ then you are essentially cooking yourself..like in a convection oven. The same concept of layering up for cold weather applies to hot weather as well...You'll still sweat and be warm but your sweat will evaporate more slowly..and that will help preserve your core body temp from boiling over..so to say..
As for the Bighorn Fire....Glad its mostly over but damn that burned up alot of woodlands..will take many years to regain that..if ever...I heard theres a patch of green around Summerhaven and no structures were burned down..so that good news...I dont think i could stand to see any pics of the carnage..
Some forest do quite well after a fire some not so well.
So, should we switch to sweets vice mesh gear for summer riding?
Wearing mesh gear is ok but anything over 93° negates the value of mesh gear...
In 2006 after JP and I ran up the 101 from LA to Salinas.
I survived a day long run across California's inland empire, roughly Watsonville to Yosemite, saw 115 degree plus temps, on the ST1100, Leather jacket, full face helmet leather gloves and jeans. It was brutal but I survived drinking bottled goods at gas stops. My camping spot that night was part way up the Tioga pass where it was cooler. The run across Nevada the next day I didn't see much over 100 with lower humidity.
Later that trip we did a summit in the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
How high were we? This was 4th of July! Sorry had to share some old memories.
The other hot day long slog I recall was riding madness home from the Ozarks rally, temps well into the 90's high humidity. no wind protection. full gear I was glad my fuel range was less than 100 miles. go inside the gas station, gas up, dowse with water from the bathroom sink, stand under the AC duct for five minutes chugging bottled fluids and head out again. 6AM to 10PM about 800 miles, no freeways til it got dark. I'm an idiot.
PS had a close encounter with a doe yesterday on the Venture. I think she had a fawn on the side she had come from so turned around and went back. We both kinda angled across the road and avoided a hit. Hate to say it but that quiet bike probably contributed.
Nice Gary..STs rock..You've ridden just about everything at one time or another...
Sounds like quite the ride and yup - those Honda ST bikes are amazing mile-eaters. It too bad they are so top-heavy.
The summation from the above article ,
For long distance riding in tempera- ture higher than 93°F, you need to (1) minimize your body’s exposure to direct wind blast; (2) wear wicking undergar- ments, including a helmet liner; (3) carry an adequate supply of cool water and drink frequently; and (4) insulate any parts of your body exposed to engine heat or radiator discharge.
Here in Arizona, we typically have extreme high temps with relatively low humidity, when riding in hot weather it really sucks the moisture out of your body. I really don’t ride much when the temps are above the low 90’s, I typically limit my rides to the very early morning hours. My usual go to for gear is a moisture wicking t shirt , a mesh jacket, jeans and ventilated ,armored short boots. I bought a pair of mesh, armored, overpants to try and wear over a pair of jeans, but they were too hot, too bulky and restricted my movement too much. So I gave up on them. As long as I’m moving it’s ok, but sitting at traffic lights in city traffic is brutal.
I tend to treat our summers the same as you guys back East treat your winters, once in a while you get a break in the weather and you can sneak out for a ride. Sometimes a storm system will push a cold front through the state and you will get one magical day when the temperature plummets 20 degrees and I’m off to the races! Until then, I’ll live vicariously through you guys and your beautifully scenic rides! Stay cool!
You look so nice and cozy Bob - and that is absolutely excellent advice!
It does seem counter-intuitive to cover-up in extreme heat, but it is the right thing to do.
No fun riding in any cities in the summer...i avoid it at all costs...As much as i crave the desert climate i know that my appreciation for more greenery..more water..more trees..cooler air..all are things you seek out because of the extremes of desert summers...Funny when I'm back east where all those things i would appreciate in AZ I take for granted here..
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