Hey! Its time to get some posts up here because I'm moving to Texas (Ft. Worth) in mid May. I've already been reading about the TSBA (and can't wait to meet the group). What else is there for motorcycling in and around that part of TX? Whats it like to ride with full gear in TX heat?
Im in Oklahoma but I make a regular trips to Dallas and I can tell you that you wont be wearing full gear. It was 80 here yesterday and almost uncomfortable with all my gear. But since I spent so much I usaully try to get good use out of all my gear before May because by then the only saftey gear I can wear is a helmet. The high humidity just makes wearing anything else to much to bare, plus alot of guys around here wear shorts and a t-shirt and not even a helmet so you'll get some crazy stares.
FYI DONT become a Longhorns fan because you'll just get your A$$ kicked by the SOONERS!!!!!
Thanks for the heads up on the Longhorns. I may still get my ass kicked anyway since I'm a Titans fan (sorry Houston). /images/icons/smile.gif So there is no helmet law in Tx? I don't think I could ride without a helmet (and I won't). But, I do occasionaly take the bike down street to see a neighbor or the required spin-around-the-block after a good cleaning without a helmet. Its required here in TN so I have to be cautious even doing that. As far as the heat goes, I definately think it will be a challenge at times. Has anyone seen the Joe Rocket Pheonix jacket? I wonder if the heat would be halfway tolerable in it?
SlickChic - I see you are from Dallas. Are you a member of the TSBA?
I don't live in the D/FW area, but am from there. There's not much good riding in the area, most everything has been heavily populated. If you get out of the Metroplex there is some decent riding to be had down in Johnson county(south of Tarrant) and out East towards Tyler.
I am, unfourtunatly, one of the guys who posted as to how well it holds up in a slide. I lowsided at about 45mph and slid for about 60 feet and the jacket didn't even tear!! It scuffed up a bit but there were no holes or tears anywhere. My insurance company bought it from me because, sadly enough, I was the first person to crash test one and they wanted it to do tests on. I got the money for it and went and bought another one immediatly. I would suggest them to anyone that lives in a moderatly warm climate and boils in leathers. I also went out about a month ago and bought the Phoenix pants that zip to the jacket. Hopefully I won't have to find out, first hand, how well the pants do in a crash, but I would suspect they will hold up just as well.
Sorry you had to be the first. But...sounds like a great jacket. I think I'll pick one up as soon as I get to TX! Remember ladies and gentlmen, MAY 17th! I'm counting down the days and can't hardly wait!!