Friday, September 17, 2021

90 in the shade and I have to put all this on to go riding?

Royal Enfield draped with riding clothes.
I don't look forward to getting dressed to ride in the summer heat.  

Sure, I understand why some motorcyclists ride bare headed. They wear only a T-shirt and shorts when it's hot. Flip-flops keep their feet cool. No gloves, of course. They're probably just wearing what they had on before they decided to go for a ride.  

They just put on sunglasses to keep the wind out of their eyes, and away they go.  

No matter what the temperature, I drag myself into pants and long sleeves before I ride. To these I add helmet, gloves, boots and a (too light but better-than-nothing) jacket.  

On a hot day it's actually hard to decide whether to put on the jacket and helmet before kick starting my Royal Enfield. Should I wait until the hard work is done before getting fully dressed next to the running motorcycle?

No way will I put on my leather gloves before the motorcycle is running and ready to pull out of the driveway. It's just too hot here in Florida.

Getting dressed seemed like "no sweat," back when I was a commuter, and enjoying a 25-mile ride to work. But now that I'm at most just running a local errand, the prep before riding is a drag.

I won't change my habits; they're ingrained now. But still...

Some might point out that I am the source of my own trouble. I've chosen to ride a vintage, kick-start-only Royal Enfield Bullet. Wouldn't there be less sweat if I upgraded to a motorcycle (any modern Royal Enfield would do) that comes with an electric starter?

Well. Sure.

Obviously, I prefer to seek other solutions.

1. I've made some progress living up to my vow to gather my riding gear into one spot so that helmet, boots, gloves, pants, belt, Leatherman tool, earplugs and keys fall easily to hand. I need to add the jacket and shirt to the heap.

2. My problem is partially a phenomenon of getting all dressed up with no where to go. I need to plan itineraries so that I ride farther when I ride, improving the pleasure-to-hassle ratio. Itineraries with fewer stop lights, that is. As long as the motorcycle is moving the air flow keeps me cool enough.

I'll let you know how it works out.

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