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post #1 of 65 Old 05-11-2014, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to Florida - do anything different?

I'm moving from Connecticut to Florida soon and I was wondering if I need to do anything different in the hotter climate. I already ride all year up here but down there I will need all new riding gear.
I will need to do an antifreeze change within a few thousand miles and I am planning on switching to a 15W40 oil. Do you guys down South use any coolant additives?
I also have a gel seat. Is there any way to keep it from burning my nether regions other than parking in the dark shade? Up here I put a light colored towel over it when I'm at work and that seems to do the trick.

Thanks for any advice you can give.
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Throw away your gear, get a wife beater, board shorts and flipflops so you fit in while you ride;-)

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Flat and hotter than hell, get some good mesh gear cause you will need it.

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don't forget to counter steer when you come to a curve. oh, never mind...

seriously tho, a good mesh jacket, summer gloves, full face, neck/chest wrap, frozen water bottles for the road for drinking and dousing neck/chest wrap. put wrap in a plastic bag or use the plastic case one brand comes in, fill with ice water to soak, wear and repeat.

we use 10/40 non syn. my bike tends to wanna vapor lock if sits on hot sun a while. tj's 08k does not. you may wanna invest in a furry seat cover for that gel seat.

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I'm moving from Connecticut to Florida soon and I was wondering if I need to do anything different in the hotter climate.
Around here, we worry about people using cell phone. Down there, we worry about people that can't see five feet past the end of their car.

Seriously.

And...the idea of going with mesh gear is the best suggestion.

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One of those sheepskins will keep your gel seat from toasting up your boys.

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Mesh gear is good. I have First Gear. A modular helmet is nice. Otherwise, just do what the manual says and ride. It is different depending upon where you are going to live. I just did a pleasant 235 mile ride on Friday along the Gulf. Apalachicola National Forest goes on forever if you are into sandy forest roads - I am not so enthusiastic as I ride alone, and one could get into trouble far from help. Otherwise, welcome!

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I'm headed to the east coast side near Daytona.
I figured mesh gear would be a necessity so I'm going to show my wife all of your responses so she doesn't think I'm making it up just to get new gear!

By furry seat cover do you mean an Alaskan sheepskin or just a generic one? I've also read about some sort of air filled cover thing from Wally World but I've never seen one in a store. Would beads help or are they not so good in the heat?

Will the salt air necessitate different cleaning routines? I keep my chain lubed with every fill up (maybe skipping one once in a while) but how about the rest?
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