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    Riding in the heat
    on: Jul 10, 2020, 05.29 pm
    Jul 10, 2020, 05.29 pm
    Been riding the Trophy with a short v-stream windshield.  This is probably equal to the TTSE stock windshield.  With the screen all the way down I have clean air around the helmet and a little air on the chest.  Still getting a fair amount of heat coming up from the engine.  I can raise the screen to get a nice bubble of still air.  Either way, too much heat.  I would like to find a way to bring in more air.  I've looked around the forum and I've seen some air wings attached to the crash bars.  Wouldn't go for that.  Another guy had some Baker wind wings attached to the mirrors.  These seem to have been a one-off and are not really available.  Any other solutions?

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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #1 on: Jul 10, 2020, 07.16 pm
    Jul 10, 2020, 07.16 pm
    Summertime, I ride with the original windshield lowered, & my feet up on the highway pegs, mounted on the R&G adventure bars, whenever possible. I can't keep my feet up there around town, but out in the open: as much as possible. Much cooler....
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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #2 on: Jul 10, 2020, 11.36 pm
    Jul 10, 2020, 11.36 pm
    I don't have highway pegs yet but I'm looking.  I'm used to the 1800 Goldwing.  On that bike the heat goes out and around the rider and I also have wind wings below the mirrors to direct air into the chest area. 

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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #3 on: Jul 11, 2020, 09.43 am
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    I wonder what temperatures you are talking about?  I did three weeks in central Europe at a daily 30c and didn't have a problem with the heat and a similar three weeks in Spain at almost the same temps.  This was wearing an air mesh suit, but I was always comfortable.  This was with the Triumph touring screen.
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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #4 on: Jul 11, 2020, 09.04 pm
    Jul 11, 2020, 09.04 pm
    For me, 30C (86F) is about as warm as I can be reasonably comfortable with mesh gear over long pants and a t-shirt.  More than that and I'm switching to shorts under the armored mesh pants for sure (not sure how safe this is, but probably better than just regular jeans?).
     

    I'm guessing normal summer high temps are probably closer to 35C (95F) where the OP is located in Virginia.  When it gets that hot where I am, I'm probably gonna not ride unless I have a pretty good idea that I'm not gonna have to stop much or at all due to traffic, etc.  But I don't have any super hot weather gear like cooling vests or that kind of thing...
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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #5 on: Jul 11, 2020, 10.31 pm
    Jul 11, 2020, 10.31 pm
    You are correct about 85f to 95f with humidity way up too.  When I rode the TTSE home 430 miles I had forgotten my gloves.  Mostly interstate highways.  I could use my bare hands to feel the engine heat coming up my pants legs over my knees.  My lower legs were bathed in sweat.   I am riding in a mesh jacket, gloves, boots and jeans.  I know my legs aren't protected but I don't have any mesh pants at this time.  I agree with avoiding riding during the blazing hot summer.  I have to go a long ways to reach higher elevations where there might be some relief.  I rode the TTSE back to back with my Goldwing this morning.  Temps were low 80's and high humidity.  The Goldwing was a lot cooler.  Engine heat goes around and wind wings bring in air.  That being said, the Wing felt like a high powered tractor compared to the Trophy.  I've been spoiled by the Trophy. 

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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #6 on: Jul 11, 2020, 11.00 pm
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    I can recommend the mesh pants for a little relief - I just started wearing them, and over shorts you can kick your leg out into the air stream to get a fresh breeze - I can imagine with highway pegs it would be like AC. 

    The Trophy feels about like my Harley did in terms of heat during high temp riding, so I guess I was used to it.  Biggest place I notice it on the Trophy is my ankles.  Tall boots seem to help this for me. 
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    Re: Riding in the heat
    Reply #7 on: Jul 12, 2020, 12.09 am
    Jul 12, 2020, 12.09 am
    Looking at a Bohn mesh jacket with elbow, shoulder, and back protection and a pair of Spidi Mesh Leg Pants  with knee and hip protectors to wear over shorts and a tee.
    Know it's not 100% protection but better than the guys I saw riding bikes in a t shirt and shorts today! :110:
    Last Edit: Jul 12, 2020, 12.26 am by Canes1