Since the BMW + Alpinestars thread was derailing a bit because of gear talk, I thought I'd just start a new one for all things riding gear. The topic and options out there are just never ending!
Just to recap:
Just to recap:
It's true, bmwrider. Money spent on good riding gear is never wasted, IMhO. And yes, heat, cold, hunger, fatigue can all lead to diminished capacity.
There are cooling vests you can buy that (in combination with a good, vented jacket) will act like a low-tech AC for about four hours under the right conditions. On hot rides I carry one around in a zip-lock bag, pre-soaked and ready to go. And of course there's heated gear. But I have no idea how well the alternator on the 310 will cope with that kind of load.
You can get vented gear, just have to spend the time and money to get the correct gear. That sort of heat can impact your psychology, and when riding you want to be in the best state of mind, might as well set yourself up to be in the best position possible. Plus motorcycle gear will last you a long time unless you get fat or start building muscle.
I did have an idea about those camel back backpacks for cooling. Freeze the water in the bladder and stick it in the pack for a cooler back. Think it'll work?ATGATT all the way! I've ridden in the heat before as that was when my motorcycle course took place, hot with the beating sun on me. But there's no way I'm taking anything off even if I'm sweating buckets, just open up whatever vents I had on the jacket and took it. Not taking any chances with road rash and whatnot.
If it's really too hot to ride safely, may as well stay home that day and enjoy the AC.