Welcome to the Buddy Community

by Yoly
(Simi Valley)

I also own a Buddy, have family in Yuma. Not the nicest of weathers, but lots of bikers in AZ. Heard of someone whose top case melted in AZ... have you heard or had any experience with high temperatures and your riding?

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Jan 20, 2010
Hot Weather riding
by: Happy Old Scoot

Yoli in Simi Valley --

Hot weather riding isn't too bad if done intelligently. The biggest hazard is dehydration. In hot and dry climates, the sweat evaporates from the skin before the skin becomes damp, and you dont realize you're being sucked dry. That could lead to impairment and deterioration of judgement.

Although wearing short sleeves and "mesh" type clothing might seem the thing to do, what happens is that the breeze blowing through depletes your body of moisture as well as exposing you to dangerous sun exposure. I always wear a long-sleeved shirt in hot weather. No shorts - at least heavy jeans and mesh-backed leather-faced gloves. Coming off a scoot onto hot asphalt when you have bare arms, legs and hands will ruin your whole day. Definitely no sandles or flip-flops. Same reason. I got a pair of military boots with mesh sides from the military surplus store. With socks underneath, my feet stay reasonably comfortable. For a while I rode with a 3/4 helmet and full face shield. After a friend spilled his bik and his full-face helmet prevented his jaw from becoming part of the road surface, I decided that the discomfort of a full-face helment was bearable.

For what it's worth, that's what I do in the Phoenix summer temps during June, July, August, and most of September.

Stay safe
Happy Old Scoot

Jan 13, 2010
by: Happy Old Scoot

No problems with the top case and heat; but I'm careful to try to park in the shade and to cover the bike whe parked at work. I've only heard of one other biker that had a meltdown, and that was on a forum. I think Yuma is a little hotter than Phoenix (we all shiver when the temp gets below 90), so you might be more likely to have problems.

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