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post #31 of 33 Old 09-08-2019, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by richlandrick View Post
While still in Richland I made some evaporative cooling chaps and evaporative cooling jacket (not vest). Worked too good until it doesn't work at all. Really cold at 100 degree ambient and then all bundled up nice and warn when the water was gone. In the end I just supplemented my cooling vest with cooling pads inside the helmet and across my forearms. Still need to stop every hour or less to re-wet the stuff.

I'm still waiting on someone to come up with a cost effective solution. The personal cooling systems that are out there that work are big bucks.
The Veskimo ( now out of business ) system worked good....for a while. Their problem was thinking you have access to solid blocks of ice. I started with their system.

Now I run a "cool shirt" which gives better coverage than the vest does. I also run a home made resevoir/cooler. I could build this for $250-$325 complete. The thing that makes mine work for a motorcycle is the large cooler. Mine is a "30" can unit. Cheap as it is a fabric outer with a plastic box inside. Buy a boat bilge pump, the smallest you can find. Run the pump off a bait well timer. This timer doubles or triples the life of the ice and regulates temps. I have not found a need to go to the chaps or pants, but would be open to try that.
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Another vote for heated grips. My 'strom is the first bike I've had with them, will never be without them again. The beauty is they're ALWAYS on the bike, so they're there when it gets chillier than you expected. And you don't have to stop to add/remove layers, just hit a button.

My riding pants are very heavy, so legs are protected from the cold. And when it's hot, they're protected from engine heat. I've ridden in them off road in 90-degree heat with the liners in, and didn't mind. My legs aren't doing much work on the bike, so bundling them up doesn't really bother me. But I generally run cool, YMMV.

I use layers on my torso of course, but rarely have to stop to add/shed.

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