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I've been riding motorcycles since the early 1960's and I'm still trying to figure out:
-why people who ride a motorcycle don't "drive" them
-why people who ride a motorcycle are called "bikers"
-why people who ride a bicycle are called "cyclists"
-why people on most cruisers prefer to wear all black apparel in the hot sun of summer
-why some people on any motorcycle think it's a good idea to wear flip-flops and t-shirts
No, I don't think people who ride motorcycles have changed much at all.
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I've been riding motorcycles since the early 1960's and I'm still trying to figure out:
-why people who ride a motorcycle don't "drive" them
-why people who ride a motorcycle are called "bikers"
-why people who ride a bicycle are called "cyclists"
-why people on most cruisers prefer to wear all black apparel in the hot sun of summer
-why some people on any motorcycle think it's a good idea to wear flip-flops and t-shirts
No, I don't think people who ride motorcycles have changed much at all.
That's pretty much what I've noticed. I think all the chrome dazzles people.
I lost a glove in the supermarket yesterday and as I was backtracking a woman approached me to tell me she had turned it in. Very considerate of her to go out of her way.

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That's pretty much what I've noticed. I think all the chrome dazzles people.
I lost a glove in the supermarket yesterday and as I was backtracking a woman approached me to tell me she had turned it in. Very considerate of her to go out of her way.

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Yeah, I think if you surveyed a cross-section of riders and non-riders, people are still people. In spite of the media and a few "posers" (like the skinny little guy wearing his leather uniform in the parking lot of a local H-D dealership doing his "macho-swagger" to impress anybody who was watching), you find good and bad people everywhere -- mostly good, I think.

One of the best examples I ever saw was just recently at a Saturday morning swap-meet in the basement of a Harley dealership. An old seasoned (sun, wrinkles , whiskers, tattoo's, etc.) was very politely asking the lady sewing patches on leather jackets to sew his new patches on his jacket sleeves. One said "CLEAN" and the other said, "SOBER". I thought it was great that nobody thought it was out of line and everybody there was extremely polite, regardless of age, sex, race, apparel, gender-bias, or anything else. It was more like a family reunion than anything else. No discussions about politics or judgment calls. It was a very warm gathering.
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Retake your physics class. Black (at least loose fitting) will be as cool as if not cooler in the summer heat. Just search "Why do Bedouins wear black in the Desert Heat" or similar. most studies have shown little if any difference in body heat between dark and light colors.
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Retake your physics class. Black (at least loose fitting) will be as cool as if not cooler in the summer heat. Just search "Why do Bedouins wear black in the Desert Heat" or similar. most studies have shown little if any difference in body heat between dark and light colors.
I was also referring to helmets. There is a video of one manufacturer using a "thermal gun" aimed at a white helmet and a black helmet, same brand, side be side, in the sun. The black helmet was 17 degrees hotter.

My white helmet is always cool after leaving it hanging on my handlebar in the sun while I go inside a restaurant or store. My buddy's black helmet is much hotter.

Try getting into a dark colored car vs a light colored car in the sun. Same difference.

When I mow the yard, I have personally found dark colors to be hotter than light colors and they are always loose.

My dogs have black and white hair. The one with black hair is much hotter to the touch and he hates to go out into the summer sun.

I will say that my summer mesh jacket with protective padding and gray and black sections is cool while I'm moving. However, the instant I stop, the black sections are definitely hotter than the gray ones and I start to sweat instantly; once I start moving, my sweat starts to evaporate and actually cools me down a lot, but just briefly.

My black leather bomber jacket has never failed to keep me warm in the winter, though.

I'll just stick with what has worked for me from experience.
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That's why I wear a jean vest over my Leather bike jacket. You can unzip the leather and keep the jean vest buttoned and it works to keep you cooler. Getting the jean vest wet works even better and the jean vest makes a good liner when weather gets cold.
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That's why I wear a jean vest over my Leather bike jacket. You can unzip the leather and keep the jean vest buttoned and it works to keep you cooler. Getting the jean vest wet works even better and the jean vest makes a good liner when weather gets cold.
Great idea with the jean vest. I have a liner that is designed to get wet and then "snap" it before putting my bicycle helmet over it. It is great!!!!!

I've had many jobs over the last 50 years as an adult and many of them included working on road crews and outside construction in various states including south Florida. I found out in a hurry to leave my white t-shirt on instead of going shirtless and letting my dark tan burn me up. It also works while in the water when swimming, water-skiing or whatever.

If you notice the people who live in the Caribbean islands, you will see most of them wearing light colored and loose clothing. I never saw any of them wearing black wool or black hats.
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Great idea with the jean vest. I have a liner that is designed to get wet and then "snap" it before putting my bicycle helmet over it. It is great!!!!!

I've had many jobs over the last 50 years as an adult and many of them included working on road crews and outside construction in various states including south Florida. I found out in a hurry to leave my white t-shirt on instead of going shirtless and letting my dark tan burn me up. It also works while in the water when swimming, water-skiing or whatever.

If you notice the people who live in the Caribbean islands, you will see most of them wearing light colored and loose clothing. I never saw any of them wearing black wool or black hats.
When I was a pup (around 12 years old, 1968) I asked a biker why they all had jean vests and that was the general answer I got, so when I started riding, my jean jacket became a vest.
I think black works best in dry arid places and white works best in humidity and areas with a lot of bodies of water.
My helmet is flat black AND white!


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Speaking of "Do people notice your Bike". When I was at the local HD dealership today, they offered me $3600 for my bike (my bike was at home). I asked them "Don't you need to look at it?" The salesman said they look at it every time I ride it there. He told me it was an '06 with 30400 miles... Last time I looked at the Odo. it said 30197. Then I asked him why he wanted it. He said "Used Sportsters are very hard to come by, lately and he knows he can sell mine". I told him I'm keeping it and if I buy a new bike, then I'll have 2. My bike has 30800 mi. now.
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Various people have made positive comments about my 'Dragonfly' green bike
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