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post #1 of 9 Old Dec 4th, 2012, 11:38 am Thread Starter
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What to wear without fairing...

Hi all,

I'll be making a motorbike trip on a rented motorbike, a Royal Enfield 500cc without any fairing at all next year. Temperatures are said to be around 75 to 90C. Touring speed is said to be leisurely, at some 80-90km/h, seating position old-fashionly upright.
I have the ComfortShell jacket and the Airflow 3 jacket. On the LT, I would definitely be wearing the Airflow jacket. But what is your advice when taking in account the absence of any fairing at all?
To give you an idea of the bike...

Thanks for your advice!
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Re: What to wear without fairing...

You will have to learn how to hold on tighter. Seriously, I pulled the windshield off my GS the first summer I had it to get more airflow and it about blew me off the bike.

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Re: What to wear without fairing...

Yes, I can imagine. But what about the cooling effect in the open?...

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Re: What to wear without fairing...

I don't know it this of any help to you at all, but I wear the same riding gear (leather) on my LT as I do my Harley, which is without windshield. Did the same on my FZ1 too.
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I am hoping you meant degrees F and not C. If it is a hot and dry day alot more airflow will suck the moisture right out of your body so hydrate well. Oh and it did not make me any cooler so I put it back on so I could ride in a more relaxed mode.

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Re: What to wear without fairing...

Your Airflow jacket should be fine.

If there's too much air, put on your rain jacket.

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I am hoping you meant degrees F and not C. If it is a hot and dry day alot more airflow will suck the moisture right out of your body so hydrate well. Oh and it did not make me any cooler so I put it back on so I could ride in a more relaxed mode.
OOPS, you're right, F and not C.

Ok, thank you guys.

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Re: What to wear without fairing...

75-90F is what I would consider near perfect riding temps for a summer air flow jacket. You may be a bit cool at 75, depending on what you can tolerate, but at 90F the cooling will be very welcome.
Hotter than 95F and things can change again.

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Hi all,

I'll be making a motorbike trip on a rented motorbike, a Royal Enfield 500cc without any fairing at all next year. Temperatures are said to be around 75 to 90C. Touring speed is said to be leisurely, at some 80-90km/h, seating position old-fashionly upright.
I have the ComfortShell jacket and the Airflow 3 jacket. On the LT, I would definitely be wearing the Airflow jacket. But what is your advice when taking in account the absence of any fairing at all?
To give you an idea of the bike...

Thanks for your advice!
Hey I'd like to experience that vintage old ride.
Aside from your helmet shield and gloves I don't see a major concern. My first years riding were on a KZ1000st no fairing and highway speeds all paved roads. And had done a speed sprint on a V-max up to 120mph. My helmet left an impression (dent) on my forehead. Yes I was holding on for dear life but enjoyed it. Oh did I mention I was the man half my now age
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