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post #1 of 6 Old 04-12-2020, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Summer Jacket Recommendations?

New to the forum but long time rider. Rode dirt bikes in the past as well as Harleys for the past 20 years or so. I’m guilty of not having good protective equipment. Summer time on my Harley it was t-shirt, jeans and boots. Now that I’m getting older and got a KLR 650 I’m looking to get a little more serious with my protective equipment. Looking for a good recommendation for a jacket to wear in the summer time. I live in a rural area and looking forward to some ADV rides and some overnight trips. Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 6 Old 04-13-2020, 01:58 AM
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Depends a lot on what kind of day-time temps and what kind of riding you're in for.
Summer temps here in NorCal run about 85-100dF and about 40-70% humidity.

I have a mesh/foam JoeRocket I wear for weekend jaunts and the occasional Friday commute to work. Not rated so much for freeway speeds, but good enough cross town traffic and heat from the cares and black asphalt. I consider it disposable -it has to work well that one time.

Typically I wear heavier, 3/4 length CorTech jacket with armor. Has a removable liner and it has several vents that help - so long as you're moving and have air flow. I've been through several of these over the last 20 years, including some hard landings. No regrets.


If I'm out for an all day ride, during warm summer days, I always wear the Camelbak and try to ensure I slurp down a gallon of water and bit of Gatorade. Keeps you from getting dehydrated and having fuzzy brain.

Also religious about wearing ear plugs and a bandana on my neck. If you ride once a month, it probably don't matter. But if you roll up 5-10k miles per year, it really helps protect you.
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I've had a Motoport Marathon Air Mesh Kevlar jacket and air mesh over pants for close to a decade (maybe 40K Miles) and I haven't seen better made, more protective and durable riding gear. Without the rain liners, the air flow is very good and good for the hot and humid summers here in Minnesota. (get their rain liners and you are set for 3 seasons.) Plenty of reviews on-line.
Kinda ugly gear, fairly expensive but but worth every penny. Once you've broken them in, you'll never want to ride in anything else! (I have no business interest in Motoport, I just really like my suit!)

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-14-2020, 09:45 AM
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New to the forum but long time rider. Rode dirt bikes in the past as well as Harleys for the past 20 years or so. Iím guilty of not having good protective equipment. Summer time on my Harley it was t-shirt, jeans and boots. Now that Iím getting older and got a KLR 650 Iím looking to get a little more serious with my protective equipment. Looking for a good recommendation for a jacket to wear in the summer time. I live in a rural area and looking forward to some ADV rides and some overnight trips. Thanks in advance.


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I live in Houston, Texas and wear a First Gear Mesh jacket: https://www.firstgear-usa.com/produc...-jacket/hi-viz. I unzip the lining in the summer, which makes the summer heat tolerable.

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Also a Texan: I also use the First gear mesh jacket, when moving not really any warmer than a t-shirt taking into account blocking of the sun.

I also remove the windshield on my 2007 in the summer to get more air, then reinstall it for the winter few months.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-15-2020, 09:31 PM
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I picked up the Olympia ďDallasĒ jacket last summer and like it a lot for summer riding. Iím in MO so it can get hot. I have other Olympia gear and have been pleased with it.
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