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They were called "cruiser" bikes due to the stepped, lowered seat and taller, pullback handlebars. I got a set of Suzuki "L" handlebars at a swap meet years ago and put them on my 650 Yamaha S. Then I put the Yamaha "S" bars on my Suz. GS1100GK. The Gk had some really flat straight back handlebars that made it hard to balance at low speed.
My Suzuki GS650 GL had a set of low handlebars almost identical to my standard Sporty's set. The set was almost flat with less than a 2" step and it was the same width from front to back which caused me to almost be on my tiptoes while at a stop with its 30"+ seat height. My daughter used to ride with me for hours at a time in comfort. The bike's profile - other than the engine - was very similar to my Sporty.
I'm pretty sure "naked" was somewhere in the title and it was like an ancestor of the "super" or "muscle" bike like the Honda Magna or Yamaha V-Max which came a few years later. Those bikes, like the Kawasaki Vulcan 750, had the really high stepped seats which I thought looked ridiculous with a passenger on them. The wheelbase was longer on these and the controls started moving forward which was very uncomfortable for me.
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Riding in temperatures of 90 -100 and greater is dangerous as dehydration becomes a serious problem. Frequent stops for rest and hydration becomes mandatory. Woke up once on a desert stretch 6 feet from the back of a semi doing 95 mph. Thank God he was moving on down the road or I would have become a splat on the road. Pulled off the road ahead and took a break. Doused myself down with water - totally wet and jumped back on the bike. 20 minutes later I was dry as a bone. Learned to respect weather conditions and take proper precautions after that.
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Here in Texas it gets HOT. When the summer heat kicks in, I ride early and get back before 2 pm.
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Riding in temperatures of 90 -100 and greater is dangerous as dehydration becomes a serious problem. Frequent stops for rest and hydration becomes mandatory. Woke up once on a desert stretch 6 feet from the back of a semi doing 95 mph. Thank God he was moving on down the road or I would have become a splat on the road. Pulled off the road ahead and took a break. Doused myself down with water - totally wet and jumped back on the bike. 20 minutes later I was dry as a bone. Learned to respect weather conditions and take proper precautions after that.
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I know what you mean. Back in my mountain biking days, I was by myself and over 20 miles away from any water in 98-degree, very humid heat in late July. I seriously didn't think I was going to make it back to my truck with several bottles of water in it. Heat and dehydration can make anybody stupid very quickly. Now when I ride my bike with the motor, I force myself to make frequent stops in hot weather even if I feel I don't need to (that feeling means the stupid part has already kicked in).

By the way, I still love mountain biking but my body can't take the abuse anymore. I would road bike but the texters have tried to kill me several times. I had more respect from drunk drivers.
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Riding in temperatures of 90 -100 and greater is dangerous as dehydration becomes a serious problem. Frequent stops for rest and hydration becomes mandatory. Woke up once on a desert stretch 6 feet from the back of a semi doing 95 mph. Thank God he was moving on down the road or I would have become a splat on the road. Pulled off the road ahead and took a break. Doused myself down with water - totally wet and jumped back on the bike. 20 minutes later I was dry as a bone. Learned to respect weather conditions and take proper precautions after that.
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Sounds like more stops at the local pub to me!

Being from Perth in West Aus, half the year is above 90 degrees ( your speak) and most of Jan and Feb are above 110. Another 4 months are generally raining or cold ( by our standards- Anything below 65 is too bloody cold) So you either nut up or shut up with the heat.

Where I grew up though, 122 degrees was pretty much the norm through summer, so heat doesnt bother me generally.
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Sounds like more stops at the local pub to me!

Being from Perth in West Aus, half the year is above 90 degrees ( your speak) and most of Jan and Feb are above 110. Another 4 months are generally raining or cold ( by our standards- Anything below 65 is too bloody cold) So you either nut up or shut up with the heat.
Sounds like you might have your conversion table off a little.
https://www.holiday-weather.com/perth_au/averages/

I just checked.....Here in North Carolina USA our average is 11*C high and -1*C low. We consider a sunny 11*C day good riding weather.

It's more about temp/humidity/wind chill than ambient temperature. The ability of the air to take away heat determines comfort.

What ever the case, I'm glad you can ride in the weather you have. I hope to make a trip Down Under one day and do a ride-about if there is such a thing. Don't want to do it in 110*F though.
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My perfect riding temperature range is 55 to 85 degrees F. I'm hot-natured and I wear shorts and t-shirts all winter around the house, inside and outside. My wife is the opposite, so we argue over the thermostat setting a lot.

I usually wear my black helmet in cooler weather and my white helmet in hot weather, especially when the sun is blazing. If it's cloudy I wear the black one all the time. Both are full-face, different brands with great ventilation.
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Never too hot for me to ride.
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Never too hot for me to ride.
As long as I'm moving, I'm fine. I do ride in hotter weather but I'm not nearly as comfortable. A hot ride is good. A cool ride is better.
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Sounds like you might have your conversion table off a little.
https://www.holiday-weather.com/perth_au/averages/

I just checked.....Here in North Carolina USA our average is 11*C high and -1*C low. We consider a sunny 11*C day good riding weather.

It's more about temp/humidity/wind chill than ambient temperature. The ability of the air to take away heat determines comfort.

What ever the case, I'm glad you can ride in the weather you have. I hope to make a trip Down Under one day and do a ride-about if there is such a thing. Don't want to do it in 110*F though.
Yeah, sorry, my conversion WAS a bit out, but that website is also hideously wrong.

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averag...9225_All.shtml

Is the official government site. Closer to 80 - 100. averages.

You will be fine for most of it if you stick to the south coast, which to be honest is what most of society has done for that reason! Some of the coolest (in my opinion but I like extreme remote scenarios) stuff to do though is in the centre, which gets hot though.
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