|thermal image. 9:45 at night in the city|
"But you can ride year round in Arizona!" is something I've heard from snow country friends ever since I moved here. You can ride year round in southern California, not central Arizona. It's 9:45 PM here and 94°F outside, guess what it's like at mid-afternoon. Of course it's not very humid, 30% - 50%, but it's still too hot to ride.
We do have an advantage over much of the rest of the country, we know it's going to get freakin' hot here so everything is well air conditioned. But as with heated homes during snow drift season back east or in the mid west, indoor comfort doesn't make going out of doors any easier and riding is still pretty unpleasant.
|thermal image. ST1300 sitting in the sun. Engine cold.|
seat temp is 180°F
I rode to Tucson about two weeks ago and was so relieved to have a bit of overcast and the temperature didn't get above 100°F until I started for home. I'll be glad when summer is over and riding season begins!
Thermal images at the right are some I made several years ago in another life.