Air-Conditioning for Motorcycles

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.

http://entrosys.com/

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.

 

 

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23 responses to “Air-Conditioning for Motorcycles

  • bikermonkey

    Okay…..this is ROTF FUNNY!!! I wonder if I can get the first Texas franchise on this deal? Love the line of questions; I was doing yes / no answers in my head, LOL…..

  • helmetorheels

    I live in Minnesota and in the summer when it’s 90+ degrees I put something under my kick-stand to keep from sinking into the asphalt.

    The air conditioning unit looks interesting, but really?

    • twotiretirade

      I can not make this stuff up. I thought checking out to see if there was an AC Unit for your bike was crazy but wow, I found one. Not interested myself but heck I wont judge if someone wants to ride while cool. It does seem to take up a bunch of room. Its funny, I would have to tell my wife she cant ride b/c my AC unit takes priority.
      Great idea to put something under your kick-stand. Nothing worst then coming back outside to find your bike spread out on the hot pavement.

  • nwroadrat

    Here’s my responses.

    •••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?
    –hot hair dryer…and the bugs oddly enough are bigger and more juicy.

    •••Does one have to worry about your kick stand sinking into the pavement on a heavy motorcycle when it’s insanely hot?
    –Yup!

    •••Do your tires melt?
    –Haven’t had it happen…yet.

    •••Do they make a Sun Block SPF 900 to keep the sun from making your skin into fried bacon?
    –I wish…

    •••Are motorcycles sold with air conditioning as a standard feature?
    –I hope not…man-babies!

    •••How do you keep your beverages cold while riding?
    –Get used to warm beer…

    •••Do bikers have a tendency to spontaneously combust while riding due to the heat (much like the drummer from Spinal Tap)?
    –That sounds fun.

    • twotiretirade

      Juicy bugs, Yuck. I am ashamed for saying this but I started wearing helmets not b/c of the safety reason but b/c I got sick and tired of getting hit by bugs. Now that I am older I know that I am not untouchable and that helmets have more uses then a Juicy Bug Blocker.

  • scroungelady

    Good questions! Yes, summer is here already in the Southeast. When it’s hot, it’s just hot no matter how fast you’re going. And kickstands do sink into hot asphalt. As for air conditioning, just sweat and thank God you’re riding a motorcycle. In my opiniion, wearing riding gear is cooler than frying yourself in tank tops and flip flops like I see people wearing while riding their bikes. A camelback with iced water helps keep me from dehydrating while riding. Cold beer with friends at the end of the day!

  • Jessie

    Haha! Great questions. Here are some products you may find useful:

    A stand coaster will prevent your side stand from sinking:
    http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/bikers-choice-motorcycle-coaster-side-stand-support-4-in-diameter/part/BC-15-7234

    This vest is not the same as air conditioning, but it will help keep you cool:
    http://motorcycle.motorcycle-superstore.com/search#p=R&w=evapo&url=http%3a%2f%2fmotorcycle.motorcycle-superstore.com%2fsearch%3fw%3devaporative%2520cooling%2520vest%26ts%3dajax&WT.ac=RichAutoComplete&rk=1&uid=&ts=rac&rt=racsug&asug=evap

    These clothes have zinc in the fabric. It is sunblock you can’t sweat through:
    http://www.coolibar.com/men-s-clothing.html

    Fill one of these with ice and strap it to your back for a cool drink:
    http://www.camelbak.com/Sports-Recreation/Search-Results.aspx?SearchTerms=insulated

    Or carry your drinks on your bike:
    http://www.ironpony.com/ironponydirect/searchpage.asp

    Keep protected and stay cool with mesh gear. Some jackets have camelbacks built right into them!
    http://olympiamotosports.com/category/catalog/mesh-tech/

    Good luck!

  • twotiretirade

    Oh such wonderful, awesome toys, No need for a motorcycle A/c System when you have the Keep It Cool Vest….I like all the suggestions. Its all about the exchange of knowledge, ideas and cool things to buy for our cycles. Thanks for comment!

  • Queen of Zoom

    We definitely ride in some heat! At Deal’s Gap a few weeks ago the thermometer showed well over 100° in the shade. Zoom is close to 900 lbs but we’ve never had an issue with the kickstand. We both use a stick sunblock (actually marketed for babies lol) on our faces which not only prevents burn but doesn’t run with sweat. We don’t have drink holders not do we carry drinks in our bags/trunk…in the nasty heat we just end up making more stops 🙂

  • twotiretirade

    Deal’s Gap, that is the stuff I want to ride. Im taking a few days off next week and plan on riding hard. Good Riding Ahead.

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  • Bob Koerner

    I cannot find anything indicating that entros ever made anything other than the video?

  • Qikslvr

    Here in Texas (Hi Biker Monkey) it gets hot, like 110 hot, and I ride ALL the time regardless of the weather and have done several IBa rides. So here is my take on the aswers.

    1. 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?
    –hot hair dryer…You actually want to stay covered up in the heat because you lose MUCH more water due to convection when youre not. The clothing keeps the sweat from evaporation too quickly and the evaporation keeps you cool. One of the recent Iron Butt magazine issues has a really good article on it. Cool vests could help too, but Ive never tried one yet.

    2. Does one have to worry about your kick stand sinking into the pavement on a heavy motorcycle when it’s insanely hot?
    –we use concrete instead of asphalt most ofthe time here, but yes, soft asphalt = dinged paint. A simple stand foot would solve the problem but adds weight to your loadout.

    3. Do your tires melt?
    –Only when holding the front brake while revving the engine in gear 😉

    4. Do they make a Sun Block SPF 900 to keep the sun from making your skin into fried bacon?
    –I keep a stick (like a glue stick) of SPF50 for faces in my saddle bag at all times. the rest of my body is covered so only my face is exposed and that seems to work great, doesn’t melt, and is always handy.

    5. Are motorcycles sold with air conditioning as a standard feature?
    –I thought someone told me once that it was an option on some of the newer Goldwings, but I havent seen it and would be skeptical at best.

    6. How do you keep your beverages cold while riding?
    – Insulated cups work ok. For long (IBA) rides I have used a hydration bag inside of an iced down soft cooler with the hose running out. I’m now in the process of creating a hydration station using a 1 gallon Coleman dring cooler with fittings to the dring tube with a bite valve on the end. The most recent Iron Butt Magazine has a great article on this too with step by step instructions.

    7. Do bikers have a tendency to spontaneously combust while riding due to the heat
    – Only once….

    • twotiretirade

      Qikslvr- Excellent answers. It sounds like you bring a ton of experience along for the ride. Hope to catch you out on the road.

  • thehistoricfoodie

    Loved the post. When I moved from NW AL to S Central AL I didn’t expect much change in weather but it gets hotter and stays hotter much longer. Riding in July and Aug. feels just like a hot blow dryer to the face. Instead of putting the bike to bed for winter, I put mine down for a nap in July and Aug.

  • gander2112

    Yeah, in AZ there is no helmet law. But they will pull you over for not wearing something to protect your eyes.

    When it got super hot, I would wear a ventilated jacket, a cotton T shirt, and I would soak it every hour or so to cool off. Worked wonders until Monsoon season.

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