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Yeah, sorry, my conversion WAS a bit out, but that website is also hideously wrong.
It must be easier to get tourist to visit if you don't tell them how hot it really is.

Our South West area of the USA can be "warm" at times. I've ridden through Death Valley in June where the temperature was 46*C. Much of our Southwest is in the 40*C range that time of year. We always say "But it's a dry heat!" It doesn't matter. It's HOT.

Where I live in the Southeastern US it's humid heat which is worse in some ways. Most motorcycle riders don't even stop to put on rain gear in the summer because you'll be as wet from sweat as you would from the rain. The average temp in July is 34*C but it's humidity is 70% which is a miserable heat. It's like being in a wet sauna with no exit door.

Heat injuries are no fun and can ruin your body's ability to regulate it's temperature. I always start early in the day and quit early and it seems to work.
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last summer had to use my dyna as primary transportation. Had to go 50 miles to Dr in 95+. I'm thinking 100 is my limit. If you do ride in these temps DO be sure to keep ahead of your thirst. Dehydration is a thing
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last summer had to use my dyna as primary transportation. Had to go 50 miles to Dr in 95+. I'm thinking 100 is my limit. If you do ride in these temps DO be sure to keep ahead of your thirst. Dehydration is a thing
Yes!!!! If you wait until you're thirsty, you've waited too long. Everything goes wrong when you're dehydrated: thinking, reflexes and body core temperature. If you stop sweating, you need medical attention. When riding my bicycle on long hot rides, I carried a 50/50 ratio of sport drink and water to keep the electrolytes stable. Year round, I carry extra water bottles with me, just in case....
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As others have probably stated, riding down here in Florida doesn't really get going until late fall through late spring, riding during the summer is misery if you are anywhere near ATGATT. Unfortunately this "winter" has been so fricking hot (it is currently 81F outside on Feb 19th) I havent ridden nearly as much as I normally do.
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As others have probably stated, riding down here in Florida doesn't really get going until late fall through late spring, riding during the summer is misery if you are anywhere near ATGATT. Unfortunately this "winter" has been so fricking hot (it is currently 81F outside on Feb 19th) I havent ridden nearly as much as I normally do.
I agree. I had a convertible MG when I lived in Miami in the early 70's. I only put the top down in the winter. It had no A/C, so my side curtains (Fred Flintstone windows) stayed in the trunk unless it rained.

I live in the mid-Atlantic mountains now and try to ride my Sporty year-round. On the hottest days, I only ride on long day trips with as few stops as possible and they have to include air-conditioning and/or lots of shade. I ride for fun, not for pain.
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I live 10 miles south of Ocala, FL and ride as much as I can, the temperature has never bothered me....yesterday it was 83 in the middle of Feb and it was nice riding.....so glad I am not living back in central Illinois (Peoria)…..since at my very advanced age (well into my 70s) I do not want to be stuck in the house or look at my cycle just sitting in the garage.
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