Recently, I published an article called "Please, Don't Just Wear a Helmet" and I had a reader who took issue with the fact that I advocate for wearing gear even when it's warm or hot out. I don't think there's an excuse for not wearing gear when riding. Plain and simple. If you don't wear proper gear, you're needlessly putting yourself at risk.
No matter how good of a rider you are, all it takes is one idiot in a car to severely injure or straight up kill you. Gear can't prevent someone else's mistakes, but it can help keep the damage to your body at a minimum should anything happen.
Modern riding gear is designed to keep you safe and cool when it's warm out. In fact, it can help prevent dehydration and heat stroke. This has been proven time and time again and gear in hot weather is advocated by any major motorcycle publication out there.
Here are three links to articles on exactly this subject:
If you don't want to sweat when it's hot out, go inside with air conditioning. You're going to sweat whether you have gear on or not when it's warm and you're out riding. The smarter and safer option is to ALWAYS wear gear. I hope anyone who disagrees reads the articles above and puts gear on before they go out and ride.
If you have gear but it's not designed for warm weather, consider purchasing some textile mesh gear. This stuff is amazing. If you only ever wear leathers, no wonder you don't want to wear gear when it's hot out. Leathers and warm weather don't mix. Get the proper gear and you'll feel much more comfortable.
If you don't know what to get, check out the gear section of this website or shoot over to RevZilla, Bike Bandit, or Amazon to see what warm-weather gear comes highly recommended by other riders.
Wade Thiel is the creator of Wind Burned Eyes. He is an automotive journalist and a motorcycle enthusiast who lives in Indianapolis, IN. Check him out on Twitter or read his automotive work at Web2Carz.