For the last few weeks I have been working in Phoenix. Maybe I am getting old but wow does it get how down here. I spent more than a year in the Desert while serving overseas but I never remember it being so searing hot as it is in Arizona. Well that was almost 10 years ago. Now I am 50 pounds heavier, bleed gravy, have a cholesterol count that would make Chef Boyardee blush and get exasperated while walking up the steps. Being down here in Arizona made me dwell upon riding in such heat. I live on the Canadian border; it gets warm but never to the degree of temperature as the Deep South West. It’s wonderful to see all the bikers down here. There does not appear to be a helmet law in Arizona or maybe everyone is just too hot to worry about the law. Seeing all these bikes made me think of a few questions concerning riding in triple degree temperatures. Feel free to reply with your answers.
- When riding in the desert, does driving real fast keep you cool in triple degree heat or does it just feel like a hot hair dryer is blowing on your face?
- Does one have to worry about your kick stand sinking into the pavement on a heavy motorcycle when it’s insanely hot?
- Do your tires melt?
- Do they make a Sun Block SPF 900 to keep the sun from making your skin into fried bacon?
- Are motorcycles sold with air conditioning as a standard feature?
- How do you keep your beverages cold while riding?
- Do bikers have a tendency to spontaneously combust while riding due to the heat (much like the drummer from Spinal Tap)?
Just to keep us all honest, there really is an Air-conditioning system for motorcyclist. Please see the ad for the EntroSys Motorcycle Air Conditioning System.
Full Add Below taken from the Entrosys.com:
The EntroSys Motorcycle Air Conditioning system comprises two main subsystems: a compact personal air conditioner unit; and a lightweight air delivery garment. Conditioned air – cooled or heated – is driven into the riding gear through an air hose. The A/C unit is controlled by a key-chain wireless remote control unit.
Providing a comfortable micro-climate under the riding protective garment facilitates a relaxed and safer ride.
The system is environmentally friendly as it is based on solid-state technology and does not use harmful gases, as do conventional compressor-based systems.