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Hi, I am looking to get my first motorcycle soon, but want to get all my gear first. I want to get the best bang for my buck. I am a college student, so cost is a factor, but I want to be safe, so I also want quality gear. What kind of gear do ya'll recomend for warm weather, say 90+ degrees?
 

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Well, you could try one of those Joe Rocket mesh jackets. Personally I don't ride with anything but leather, but I also spent alot of money on a nice vented 1-pc leather suit. But then again I'm a big gear fanatic, most people would consider a Joe Rocket mesh jacket perfectly acceptable, I think they only run about $150 or so new. Or check out www.newenough.com you can get some good deals there.
 

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I bought a Meshtext jacket last year when I went to Sturgis. I rarely wear it, because it just doesn't feel like it would offer much protection. I usually wear my Aerostich suit but occasionally wear my perforated leather jacket if I'm going to be walking around after.
 

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Firstgear Mesh-Tex. Great air flow, better built than the Joe Rocket mesh jacket, and comes with a zip-out waterproof liner for versatility. Runs about $130.
 

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With those temps, you'll definitely want to go with something mesh. I'd recommend checking out the mesh jackets from FieldSheer. Excellent quality and all their jackets come with CE armor (something that neither the Joe Rocket Phoenix nor FirstGear MeshTex jackets offer).
 

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Heh.. I was going to get a mesh jacket, but they had Joe Rocket leather ones for 50% off when I went to buy my gear (last years model or something), so I got one.

It was 115 a couple days ago, but I rode in jeans, leather jacket, gloves, and helmet... doesn't feel too bad once you get moving though. The slight breaze and all the sweat keep you fairly cool.
 

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I've heard that these things are handy for warm weather...

http://www.newenough.com/joe_rocket_sahara_vest_page.htm


...also, some jackets have large pockets that accomdate bags of ice quite well. If you're wearing a non mesh jacket something you can do is loosen up the cuffs all the way and run your gloves beneath them. That way the sleeves will act as air ducts and route air along your arms and to your back.
 

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Mykl said:
I've heard that these things are handy for warm weather...

http://www.newenough.com/joe_rocket_sahara_vest_page.htm


...also, some jackets have large pockets that accomdate bags of ice quite well. If you're wearing a non mesh jacket something you can do is loosen up the cuffs all the way and run your gloves beneath them. That way the sleeves will act as air ducts and route air along your arms and to your back.
The one thing I'd be concerned about if you're going to put your gloves under your jacket cuffs is in a crash, the sleeves might not stay put and start sliding up your arm (and not giving your forearms much protection).
 

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The one thing I'd be concerned about if you're going to put your gloves under your jacket cuffs is in a crash, the sleeves might not stay put and start sliding up your arm (and not giving your forearms much protection).
That is a concern... but when it's over 90 degrees out I'm more worried about heat stroke and am willing to risk the possibility of road rash on one isolated part of my body.
 

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Mykl said:
That is a concern... but when it's over 90 degrees out I'm more worried about heat stroke and am willing to risk the possibility of road rash on one isolated part of my body.
I've ridden in 100+ degree weather wearing full leathers. The key is to keep yourself hydrated and moving. Avoid traffic as much as you can, traffic isn't any fun on a bike in any temp anyways. Just be sure to carry a water bottle or two with you in your bag or under your seat. Stop about every 20-30 minutes and drink, not huge gulps either, slow small sips.
 

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Mykl said:
That is a concern... but when it's over 90 degrees out I'm more worried about heat stroke and am willing to risk the possibility of road rash on one isolated part of my body.
I've ridden when it's been over 90F and over 90% humidity. If you have a mesh jacket on, there's no need to put your gloves inside your jacket cuffs. You won't get heat stroke just because you don't have that extra ventilation.
 

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Fieldsheer Mach I, II, or I have and love the new III
I know that the difference between the Mach I and Mach II is that the Mach II has the addition of leather. What makes the Mach III different?
 

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I would stay away from Joe Rocket's mesh gear. Their armor is much cheaper than Alpinestars armor and the jacket seems thinner as well.

If you're looking for a good, do-it-all jacket, I would suggest the perforated Alpinestar leather Stunt jacket. I think the only color you can get the perforated model in is red and black. I have the mesh version of this jacket and I really like it but compared to leather, it doesn't protect me nearly as well. My jacket is also very cold in the spring and fall whereas the leather one would be a lot nicer with the removable liner in.
 

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Once again I will say this: I'd rather sweat than bleed. I wear full-leathers every time I ride. I bought a Teknic lighting suit for a little over $300 new at www.newenough.com If I'm riding the street in 90+ degrees i will open up the jacket just enough so the wind will shoot in.

SPORTbikes are exactly that. A sport. You're suppose to sweat. Go buy a cruiser if you're worried about that kinda stuff.
 

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SPORTbikes are exactly that. A sport. You're suppose to sweat. Go buy a cruiser if you're worried about that kinda stuff.
I don't agree with you about that, but to each their own.

I don't think riding a motorcycle (any type) is a sport. Racing... yes, but then again, I'm not racing on the street.

If you get too hot, you take the chance of overheating, which isn't good because at the very least your focus/attention will be affected... worst case, you could suffer from heat exhaustion.

My rule of thumb is to ride with whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Some wear full leathers all the time, while some wear shorts. Personally, I feel that the gear I wear will protect me with the type of riding I do.
 

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sjlee said:
I know that the difference between the Mach I and Mach II is that the Mach II has the addition of leather. What makes the Mach III different?
It is just the newest model....I have had one for about a month now...I put a pic of it in the riders gear area titled mach 3
 

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I've got JR's mesh jacket, the Phoenix 3.0. I'm not exactly satisfied with it. It's cut for a "rounder" body than mine, so I get some flappage on the highway. The fact that the snaps on the elbows won't stay done doesn't help. Also, it doesn't cover the neck very well. Oh well, it works for the time being.
 

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sjlee said:
My rule of thumb is to ride with whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Some wear full leathers all the time, while some wear shorts. Personally, I feel that the gear I wear will protect me with the type of riding I do.
I'm sorry to say I've "worked on" individuals with your same attitude before. We had to medivac a couple of them, the rest "got of light" with hours upon hours of painful skin grafts and getting "scrubbed"

Since I first sat on a bike I've worn nothing but full leathers. Now I only race, Italy gets HOT AND HUMID. I still wear my perforated 1pc, sure I sweat alot, but I keep hydrated, you will be fine. I rode at a track last week and at the hottest point of the day it was mid 90's with mid 90's humidity too. Every rider on the track was sweating, but I didn't see anyone "overheat" or pass out because of heat stroke or anything even remotely similar. Some people just don't want to realize how essential leather is to keeping your skin from contacting the road, they only wake up and realize laying in a hospital bed getting their skin scrubbed out so it doesn't get infected, and then getting skin removed from their thigh to go somewhere else on their body......sorry, but I'll take my leathers over that ANY DAY.
 
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