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Hot Weather Riding Jacket

Old 07-10-2007, 10:11 AM
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Question Hot Weather Riding Jacket

I'm looking for a hot weather jacket.

I rode my new-to-me 2002 VTR1000 Supahawk to work for the first time yesterday and had a blast, but felt a little naked without a jacket...

It's hot this time of year here in the Tampa, FL area, so leather is outta the question.

Any recommendations?
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:28 AM
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Mesh jacket from Fieldsheer or Joe Rocket. Or, perforated leather. Check newenough.com . Also motorcyclesuperstore.com is having a sale for MotoGP USA.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:33 AM
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Thanks! I'll check'm out...
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:44 AM
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I bought the Joe Rocket Atomic jacket and it has great ventilation, is very comfortable and seems like it has good protection.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:08 AM
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I've got a Teknic Supervent. I think it's just like the Joe Rocket one. Shoulder, elbow, and back protector. Certainly not as good as leather, but fairly cheap ($115?) and a hell of alot better than a t-shirt.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:23 PM
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+1 on the Teknic Supervent . I got this one of Ebay & love it ! http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...5050326&rd=1,1 Air flow is excellent , and for a mesh jacket it has some decent armor . Dont know what size you are , But here's a fewhttp://search.ebay.com/search/search...fsoo%3D2&fgtp=
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:19 PM
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I wear leather almost all the time, but when it gets around 100 deg. I have a Firstgear mesh jacket I wear. I'm really happy with it. It is substantial & holds its shape, but flows a lot of air. I think it's called Tex-Mesh, Mesh-Tex (or Tex Mex!) Anyway, good stuff.
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:06 PM
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I have a Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh jacket and its great for warmer weather - also has a wind/rainproof liner that can be added if needed. It has some hard foam protection built in as well.
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:58 PM
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I have a First Gear Hammer jacket and it's the most open leather that I have. It's great while you're moving but traffic is a bitch. Central Texas is like Central Florida for heat but our humidity is out-of-sight and yours is worse.

My leg armor also is uncomfortable when I stop. The problem is when I arrive on the bike nowdays it's not about taking off the goods because I'm almost naked under the outer layer anyway. Walking a client through a project in the winter is a delight - now it's like a hundred day march boiled down to 1 to 2 hours. Not happening. I'm taking the car.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:51 AM
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I picked up a Joe Rocket lightspeed textile jacket from Newenough dot com for $74, it comes with a removable liner and good textile protection as well as venting. beat that... only downer is with the speed hump on the back, My backpack pushes it up into my helmet.. I lost my backpack storage. Retails for about $250-325.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:09 PM
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Thanks everyone! I found a nice selection of Joe Rocket mesh at Hap's Cycles in Sarasota, FL, so I'll pickup one there to support my local Honda shop...
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:28 PM
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Joe rocket ballastic rocks, i have the pants with anther breathable joe rocket jacket.
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:29 AM
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I started out in August with the Lightspeed from New Enough for $74 but found that I needed something a little cooler in 90 degree weather. I just recently scored a Alter Ego 2.0 jacket ($150- retail $269) and Alter Ego pants ($100- retail $190) from this e-bayer http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgypsie2112 . I have no idea were the stock is coming from because it looks like they are selling 100's if not 1000's of Joe Rocket items that look like they have only been worn once. Mine look like they have never been worn at all but the coat has some guys name in it and none of the items have tags in them. Maybe they are Joe Rocket returns, Repaired seconds, something, I dont know but the quality is first rate and you cant beat the price.
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:53 AM
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+2 Teknic Supervent...
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:38 AM
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I have a Teknic Aquavent and I love it. I rode home from work last week, 105 degrees 90% humidity, I was not any hotter than if I sitting in the shade (unless I was at a stop light). When I got home the only sweat on me was on my back under the back protector.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:05 PM
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My thoughts on mesh jackets are to go cheap, because if you do wipe out it is going to look like shizz anyway after your crash and you are gonna want a new one unlike leather that gains character with scuffs... I am super happy with my "Nitro" brand mesh jacket I got for under 80 bucks.

Hey FLO2, where are you in Tampa? Want to ride out some time?
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Hi everyone, i own Taichi leather perforate , Agv jacket mess they both are very good summer riding jackets. Especially Taichi do come w/hump on the back look style and well protevt-feel very comfortable. I am very happy w/them MOTO LIBERTY have them on sale right now.
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Old 09-27-2007, 04:54 PM
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I like my cortech gx air jacket. I also have a tecnic supervent and finds it passes more air especially at slower speeds. Can anyone tell me their experiences with Bike Bandit.com?
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:31 PM
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What about these garments called "rigs"? They are all the armor plates held together and in place by mesh fabric. They look like slipping into an "open-air" leather jacket. They got shoulder, elbow, spinal and chest plates. Hell if I was young and in shape and it was a hundred degrees that's what I would wear.
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A-Star Vest

I just picked this up from newenough.com and it's perfect.

http://www.newenough.com/armor/visib...ycle_vest.html

It's designed to be worn over your normal jacket. It's military spec, which is helpful when I have to present my ID to get through the gate at work.
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I like leather, why is it all mostly black? I wish my Joe Roccket leather jacket had no black at all. (It's Yellow, White, And black)
I have a Fieldsheer Mesh armor jacket, and I just feel safer with dead cow. But when it's hot, what can you do?
Keep the wind moving!
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Originally Posted by FL02SupaHawk996 View Post
I'm looking for a hot weather jacket.

I rode my new-to-me 2002 VTR1000 Supahawk to work for the first time yesterday and had a blast, but felt a little naked without a jacket...

It's hot this time of year here in the Tampa, FL area, so leather is outta the question.

Any recommendations?
Try Motoport kevlar gear. I read several other boards, and they're raving about Motoport air mesh kevlar. (Their non-mesh kevlar fabric is AMA approved for racing.) Stronger than leather, doesn't degrade from repeated wetting/drying, like the Florida 5 pm t-storms. Won't melt into your skin during a slide. Flows air as well as or better than mesh. No, I don't have any yet because I can't afford it.

Another option is the Olympia Stealth one-piece suit, only $299. Mesh with armor.

My first post here. Thinking about a VTR to replace my aging CBR1000 Hurricane. Wondering about sport touring on the Super Hawk. Anybody?

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Old 05-13-2009, 03:22 PM
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some think its ideal. I never go far, so I'm not an authority, but the only thing you need to know regarding the touring capability of the hawk: you'll get between 85- 150 miles a tank. helibars, corbin or sergeant seat, and other mods can make the ride more comfortable. I don't usually ride more than 50 miles without stopping anyway(suburb driving).
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I too keep the Superhawk on a short chain. We go to the bank - we go to the Chinese restuarant. We go to bike night tomorrow. If I have to go 30 miles across town I take the VFR.
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It's hot here in Austin too but I don't think it's too hot for leather. Some of the UnderArmor tops make this completely tolerable. The stuff wicks so fast it makes you cold when you take off. When you dry out and you're warm again it helps you slide around inside your jacket.

Don't get me wrong, I think the new mesh stuff is the greatest for Southern riders. In the early days of mesh (two years ago) it had a bad rap for not staying in place during a crash. OOps

Now the stuff fits like a scuba suit. I've always been about bringing your best game. If you're going to ride down here when it's that f'n hot you're going to ride naked.

Sort of . . . mostly
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by nuhawk View Post
If you're going to ride down here when it's that f'n hot you're going to ride naked.

Sort of . . . mostly

Next time you show up at my house, put some clothes on! Your scaring the kids!
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Yup, I run into this problem. I need a warm-weather motorcycle jacket. It doesn't get extremely hot up here in Warshington, so I might go with a denim with armor type.
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i got a Alpinestar T-RC-1 Jacket Its Great 90% Mesh that has a zip in rain/wind liner its a bit pricey but it does carry the Alpinestar name
http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...fCatId=&mmyId=
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you could always try the six six one pressure suits.

http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661...1-b59e84379ccd
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