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I have yet to find a leather jacket riding in city traffic that doesn't make you smell like a polecat in heat, or sweat like politician in a close race....in our present 100F+ heat in Central Texas! Any ideas?
 
I have yet to find a leather jacket riding in city traffic that doesn't make you smell like a polecat in heat, or sweat like politician in a close race....in our present 100F+ heat in Central Texas! Any ideas?
Think you’re outta luck as far as leather goes. Even in my perforated leather, city traffic brings the sweat. Feels nice once you start moving, though.

Buddy of mine suggested wearing something like an under armor base layer. Supposedly it’s great with moisture wicking and keeping you cooler under a jacket. I’m yet to try, but will grab something on sale and see how it goes.
 
I have yet to find a leather jacket riding in city traffic that doesn't make you smell like a polecat in heat, or sweat like politician in a close race....in our present 100F+ heat in Central Texas! Any ideas?

Your phucked ;)

I've promised my very supportive bride that I will always wear gear and your results are much the same for me with only slightly different levels of discomfort be it perforated leather or with every vent open on my textile bits.

Mesh jackets may be your best bet and like all gear you "get what you pay for". I've not needed one the last 20 years as I live near cooler mountains for local riding and I didn't have room for another jacket on longer trips so I learned to harden the phuck up and be stinky 🤣 Stay hydrated and maybe try a couple "cool tech" bandanas where you can grab one easily. Depending on conditions their period of relief will vary quite a bit, but it feels like air conditioning so I soak a few and chill them when possible and have them in a plastic baggie for the hottest part of the day or getting caught at a wreck, etc.

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Not fitting with the aesthetics but I got this jacket used from a buddy who retired for motorcycling. Money for a new jacket will come one soon but for now, safety first.

At least it’s great for hot days. I need to layer a bunch for cold rides
 
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Not fitting with the aesthetics but I got this jacket used from a buddy who retired for motorcycling. Money for a new jacket will come one soon but for now, safety first.

At least it’s great for hot days. I need to layer a bunch for cold rides
I’ve got a RevIt rain over-jacket to put over my mesh jacket whenever it’s a tad too cool for the mesh alone. Cuts wind and stores away pretty well.
 
R18 Jacket on eBay.
Just bought but will be a month before delivery.
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I'm looking for some hot weather protection as well. I am hoping to find stuff on sale soon as the season changes. Any recommendations are welcome.
 
I have the Merlin wax cotton jacket in brown. Several times, it has been mistaken for a Belstaff. Nice fit, warm and waterproof. Good value too.
That looks like their Yoxall..... I have a Yoxall for really cold days when riding my r ninet scrambler. I now have some 7 of their jackets and use them all for different riding requirements (as identified by my boy's brain), 3 are for my scrambler and 4 for the R18. I might post about how that all came about.
 
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That looks like their Yoxal (2 maybe)..... I have the same one for really cold days when riding my r ninet scrambler. I now have some 7 of their jackets and use them all for different riding requirements..... 3 are for my scrambler and 4 for the R18. I might post about how that all came about.
Looking at their website just now. I think their prices are creeping up. It has become my favourite jacket however.
 
Wow. Very nice. I bought the BMW Pure Boxer. Really nice leather but disappointed to see it was made in Vietnam and the stunning looking interior is not that hard wearing.
NIce, I think it was that jacket that got me thinking that I "needed" a plain black leather with a collar.
 
NIce, I think it was that jacket that got me thinking that I "needed" a plain black leather with a collar.
I didn’t pay anything like the price in the pic, but it was pretty pricey. If it had been made in Austria, Japan or USA, all of which are famous for working with Cordovan (Horse) leather I would have been over the moon.
 
I use a Held Quattro Tempi for early spring-Fall, and an older BMW branded Tour Shell for winter. The Held has many well placed vents, water proof, and for me is comfortable up to around 80 degrees F. The Tour Shell is one heavy jacket, but it keeps me comfy to my limit of 38 F riding with just a thermal shirt on underneath, even with the rain we have up here in the PNW.

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Great for you, but it's kinda hard to think about and justify in 100 degree heat for the next 45 + days......at least here in central Texas!
 
Great for you, but it's kinda hard to think about and justify in 100 degree heat for the next 45 + days......at least here in central Texas!
Yeah, that's a tough one to handle. I'd just find some nice A/C area and leave the bike parked. I have family in Dallas, and that heat is brutal! I avoid riding there during the summer months for visits.
 
For days when temp is over 30c (85f) all day, and I'm intending to ride fastish, I use a Merlin Chigwell Lite hybrid mesh/wax jacket.... their blurb:
"jacket features robust mesh panel that allow a constant flow of gentle air directly to the torso and inner arms.

Using the new Halley Stevensons Cotec fabric, this riding jacket feels and looks like a traditional wax motorcycle jacket but with added abrasion resistance allowing this classic motorcycle jacket to achieve a CE Level AA rating"

Comes with D30 arm, shoulders and back protection.... was about $280aussie dollars... black or brown.

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