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Stevie-Jonesy
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   Posted 12/30/2011 1:26 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Everybody,
my wife and I are going a Western States tour in April 2012. (A big circle, coastal and inland starting and ending in LA)
Could you give us some advice on what to wear please?
Here in the UK, even in summer we wear full protective gear (for warmth as
well as protection).
Leather trousers, boots, jacket and full face helmet.
Would this gear be suitable for the tour or would the climate dictate we
wear something lighter.
Thanks
Steve

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   Posted 12/30/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Stevie-Jonesy said...

Here in the UK, even in summer we wear full protective gear (for warmth as
well as protection).


i would stick to what you've been doing in the uk. the weather is on the nicer side in april in the western states so it shouldn't be an issue with your gears. have a good trip!
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   Posted 12/30/2011 7:52 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
April is mild, your stuff should be fine. If you get up in the rockies at that time of year you may wish for more layers - it can get cold up there!


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   Posted 12/30/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Welcome, and have a great trip! When you get to California, keep in mind that lane splitting is legal, so don't be surprised if you see riders doing it. Also, drivers in L.A. are very distracted - cell phones, texting, etc. Drive with caution!
And have fun!


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   Posted 12/30/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Agree with all above....The detail of what your UK gear is..only You know. What the temps are at any gven spot on your tour of the Western States...only the being there will show.

It can snow in Yellowstone in July But all of the Western States are having a different weather, than usual, now.

If you can route your ride, as you see what the weather is...That's a huge item. If You have reserved lodging locations...that's a crap shoot on what the weather is going to hand you, at a given day and place.

What is the bike? Just wondering how "bagged" is it, for carrying cloths to layer up?


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   Posted 12/31/2011 1:12 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Great advice.
Many thanks to all you guys,
Loumec: We'll be on Honda Shadows with plenty of pannier room so I can take some extra layers if it gets chilly.
Thanks again guys
Steve
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   Posted 12/31/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I have found the high-performance under-gear used for biking or skiing is also very effective for motorcycling. It is thin, lightweight, gives you more options for "layering" and can be worn in very hot conditions to still offer skin protection from the sun. I have not ridden the deserts of the west myself (save for an afternoon Oct ride in the Phoenix area, still 90+F), but others I know who have always wear long sleeve shirts even in 100+ degrees F.


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