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post #1 of 8 Old 06-02-2019, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Houston to Albert TX

Just got back from a two day trip to Albert Texas for the third annual Texas Hills Cycle Show. The KLR did great and I was averaging 46mpg fully loaded with a 250 lb rider at 70mph average speed. It was hot and I made the mistake of putting on my sunscreen too late but other than that it was a good trip.

The Texas heat is a killer and I've ordered some Hanes long sleeve shirts and will be thinking about other ways to beat the heat such as maybe carrying more water or a camel back type backpack. I'll also be looking into a helmet with more ventilation. The 3/4 helmet is nice and I'm glad I went with white but it's not possible to keep the shield raised slightly because the air hits me right at the top of my face so I'll probably look at getting one of those windshield risers like they sell over at KLR Dash. Open to suggestions.


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post #2 of 8 Old 06-07-2019, 11:28 AM
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Nicely kitted out bike. For beating the heat you may want to look at getting some LD Comfort under clothing. That stuff has saved me more than once. Also a cooling vest works wonders.

https://ldcomfort.com/

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Nicely kitted out bike. For beating the heat you may want to look at getting some LD Comfort under clothing. That stuff has saved me more than once. Also a cooling vest works wonders.

https://ldcomfort.com/
It gets HOT in CANADA??????????????????????


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It gets HOT in CANADA??????????????????????

klr4evr probably gets an extra hour or 2 of daylight on both ends of the clock as compared to us. And he is probably about the same altitude as you.

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It gets HOT in CANADA??????????????????????

Well ya it does, but not hot enough to melt our igloos.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-24-2019, 11:15 PM
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Hey, I was at that show on Friday. We had just returned from a Three sisters ride. Yup, it was warm. I live about a half hour from there. Albert is a great lil bar. Magnificent tree!!

Sounds like a lawnmower, Rides like a paint shaker!

I got 99 problems but fuel injection, 6th gear or a 2nd cylinder ain't 1!

My wife: "I didn't know if that was you coming home, or a neighbor mowing"
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BTW, I have the KLR dash and set at the middle windshield rake setting, I have a nice air pocket to sit in. I'm 6'0", and I can see over the windshield pretty perfectly. I'm a fan.

What riding apparel are you wearing?

Sounds like a lawnmower, Rides like a paint shaker!

I got 99 problems but fuel injection, 6th gear or a 2nd cylinder ain't 1!

My wife: "I didn't know if that was you coming home, or a neighbor mowing"
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Last July I went from Houston to El Paso to Yuma to San Diego in 2 rides. I was a rolling ball of fire until I broke the hills above San Diego. Mesh jacket with a light weight long sleeve shirt underneath, every time I filled up the tank and sometimes at the halfway point I would stop and soak my shirt, then the ride would be cool for 30 minutes and bearable for an hour. Had one of those cooling vests but left it at home accidentally.
July 2018 was toasty.

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