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21552 No. 21552 ID: 8a2fe4
There doesn't appear to be a general motorcycle thread on the board, so here's one.

I'm strongly considering getting a motorcycle. It's not for the cool factor, but because they seem like extremely affordable, practical commuting vehicles. The only thing that would keep me from getting one is my local climate. Anybody here ride in the desert? What's it like wearing All The Gear, All The Time in the Mojave in August? How long can one ride when it's 106 degrees out before it becomes intolerable?
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>> No. 21553 ID: ee7266
After a certain point atgatt is actually cooler than wearing a t-shirt and shorts, since the air starts to feel like a blow dryer. It'll depend on how well your body deals with heat aswell. My preferred temp is around 20C, I sweat like a pig in 40C weather, but 40lbs of leather jacket and jeans didn't really make it much worse.
>> No. 21554 ID: 8a2fe4
>>21553
In Vegas, we hit 100+ (37.8C+) an average of sixty days per year. The hottest day I've ever seen was 117 (47.2C). Not sure what traffic will be like coming from my new job, but half an hour coming back home in it ain't too bad, right?
>> No. 21556 ID: ee7266
White textile gear will be your friend. Read reviews on what is actually well ventilated (lots of expensive gear either doesn't flow air well or only at speeds you wouldn't reach on a road [Helmets are especially bad for that last part])
>> No. 21557 ID: 8a2fe4
>>21556
>Helmets are especially bad for that last part
Can you elaborate?
>> No. 21558 ID: 785a00
>>21557
Hot as fuck, not enough airflow.
>> No. 21559 ID: 8a2fe4
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>>21558
So, open face helmet?
>> No. 21560 ID: fb3bdd
>>21559
Depends, how much do you like your face? Enough that you might want to cover it in the event of a crash?
>> No. 21561 ID: e88fce
>>21560
>not realizing your face is only there to make sure the front of your skull doesnt go anywhere
>> No. 21563 ID: 1d521e
>>21557

What I actually meant is that there are a number of high-end helmets that only generate sufficient airflow to ventilate the helmet when you're riding at 75mph+ (because mah MotoGP inspired gear makes me look more legit), so city driving in them turns them into a soup bowl. Considering your environment, I was suggesting you do solid research into that specific issue with whatever helmet catches your eye.

And solid full face is the only way to go imo. The clam shells have been shown to break under accident conditions, and open face is even worse. Most motorcycle accidents will result in your chin hitting the ground at some point. Like, 90% of them. It's wise to have something that's going to reliably protect the area most often making contact with the ground. A helmet is a better shock absorber than a jaw.
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>>21559
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>riding a motorcycle
>> No. 21569 ID: e358f8
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>>21566
I was certainly lucky when I got in a bad motorcycle crash (16 year-old shot across an intersection where I was going) that totaled my Honda CB-750 and ruined my USAF arctic parka and US Combat Vehicle Crewman's (CVC) helmet, but I did not get a scratch.
>> No. 21570 ID: e358f8
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21570
Best ten bucks I ever spent.
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21571
I got a visored full face motorcycle helmet after that.
>> No. 21572 ID: e358f8
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My motorcycle in that crash was a 1978 Honda CB750 with a fairing, similar to this 1981 CB750 Custom.
http://www.operatorchan.org/v/res/1.html#14619
The old CB750s were really good bikes, back in the '70s & '80s, but I like the smaller bikes.
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>> No. 21582 ID: 8a2fe4
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Motorcycles in the 250cc to 500cc range appeal to me. They're very cheap, even when brand new, and the MPG is phenomenal. Problem is I am 6'1". Using cycle-ergo.com (cool site, check it out), and plugging in my height and inseam for a Rebel 250 shows that I would feel not unlike a circus bear while riding one. I suppose ape hangers and highway bars would be one solution to let me stretch out, but are highway bars practical for commuting on surface streets? Something like a street legal dirtbike would get me higher off the ground and let me stretch my legs at stops.

Or just screw it and buy a big cruiser. Thoughts?
>> No. 21583 ID: 1d521e
>>21582

I'm 6' and 220 lbs. My first motorcycle was an 84 Honda CM250C. In 85 They rebadged it to the Rebel.

Yes, it felt like I was a circus bear most of the time. But I also rode that thing like it was a motogp bike. Great thing to learn on, even if uncomfortable for any longer than half an hour.

A Shadow wont necessarily be any better either, I upgraded to a 750 Shadow Aero, wound up still basically with a half hour time limit. I did ride it longer distances, a few 2 1/2 hour long highway rides, and it was miserable. Mini-apes would likely have fixed a lot of those issues, but I wound up trading it for a 400 horse Camaro before I could test that theory.

Shop around and sit on a bunch of bikes. I wound up sitting on a Suzuki Boulevard C50 and it was much more comfortable than what my Shadow had felt like. Yet it was also a good size for my girlfriend, so it's a bit of an interesting bike.
>> No. 21584 ID: e358f8
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>>21582
I drove an old (1982?) Honda 250cc and had a problem with it breaking the wide rubber drive belts. Those things were expensive.
Picture is a Honda CBX-1000, a straight-six catastrophe-waiting-to-happen. But it's fast, fun, and looks great.


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