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post #1 of 21 Old 10-07-2019, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Pennsylvania, Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Bourbon Trail on my 2019 DL1000

I was really feeling the need to take a ride. From home in eastern PA, follow Rt 66 from Chicago out to Flagstaff. Then north to the Grand Canyon, down south to Ft Worth and New Orleans, then finishing up with a ride up the Blue Ridge Pkwy and of course The Dragon. I planned the route and loaded the V-Strom, then at the last minute my husband accepted my invitation and decided to come along. His long-range bike was out of commission, so he loaded his Sportster into his van and followed me. Which was great because now I had company from my best friend, and he carried most of the stuff that I would have loaded onto my bike.
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Hola, Stephanie.
Sounds like a great ride. You did the exact opposite of a couple friends. She usually follows him in the car with all the stuff.
What is the vest you are wearing? I'm guess something like a Helite?
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Right on! Sounds like a great trip, with a support vehicle to boot!

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It's a Hit-Air airbag vest. Another layer of "hot" when the temp's around 100 F, but I never ride without it.
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I know whatcha mean. I got the Helite jacket last year. I've got a lot of MC clothing, BMW, Aerostich, Bilt, etc already but the Air Bag jacket can't help if it's in the closet.
I've ridden in some hot stuff and survived thanks to wet vests.
One more bit of ATGATT to keep us safe. Cheers and happy road trips.
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In the really hot weather I was wearing two layers of Duluth Trading armachillo long-sleeve shirts under my mesh jacket. I would soak the sleeves and yokes in water, wiggle back into them, put on my gear and I was honestly cool and comfortable for a good hour and a half. But when the temp got up to about 105 according to the Vee's dash thermometer, it was so hot I got dizzy just stopping long enough to strip, soak the shirts, soak them, drink some water and gear up again. The shade under gas station canopies was a necessary survival tool!
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I remember slabbing back from NC last spring in 34 degree heat. First time I ever soaked a long sleeve and put it on under my Dakar mesh. Wonderful feeling... just wish it lasted longer than an hour before drying out. Need a slow drip bottle to keep them wet... hmmm... does that exist?

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" Need a slow drip bottle to keep them wet... hmmm... does that exist?"
I had a mesh jacket but gave it away. With the new Helite jacket or my Darien stuff and the wet vest, i'd adjust the vent zippers for air flow that kept me comfortable but kept the vest from drying out too quickly. I have a second vest in a wet bag in the tank pannier so I can swap them out and recharge the depleted vest. Once in a while straightening out my arms in the wind blast would really cool things down. I found the mesh stuff flows too much air and one can get dehydrated more quickly.
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I remember slabbing back from NC last spring in 34 degree heat. First time I ever soaked a long sleeve and put it on under my Dakar mesh. Wonderful feeling... just wish it lasted longer than an hour before drying out. Need a slow drip bottle to keep them wet... hmmm... does that exist?
I thought about that! If you could attach a few plastic bags with little holes in them in front of and behind the shoulder armor, you could fill them with ice and it would trickle down slowly and probably last longer. My friend Chris, who's a bona fide LD rider, told me he stuffs a whole bag of ice into his Klim jacket, no mesh. But even he admits "it takes a lot of will power" to put on that heavy gear in southern heat. I just could not bring myself to put on my Klim jacket and Aerostitch pants in that heat. I would have fainted before I ever got a leg over the bike.
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" Need a slow drip bottle to keep them wet... hmmm... does that exist?"
I had a mesh jacket but gave it away. With the new Helite jacket or my Darien stuff and the wet vest, i'd adjust the vent zippers for air flow that kept me comfortable but kept the vest from drying out too quickly. I have a second vest in a wet bag in the tank pannier so I can swap them out and recharge the depleted vest. Once in a while straightening out my arms in the wind blast would really cool things down. I found the mesh stuff flows too much air and one can get dehydrated more quickly.
I think links to your gear mentioned is appropriate for us noobs

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