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Quixote Jun 24th 2018 02:22 PM

Yellow Jackets
Hey Gorge Riders:

I need some help from the hive mind:

Seems every time I get on the bike lately I get stung by yellow jackets; never been much of a problem before. This year I'm getting lit up like a B-17 over Schweinfurt. Nothing has changed, same bike, same gear, same roads. Maybe Karma coming around....

I'm an ATGATT kind of guy; Dainese leathers, jacket buttoned at the neck, good gloves, nice full helmet. The only exposed part of my anatomy is my Adam's apple and carotid artery, and that's where I'm getting hit. Even more fun when they drop down your shirt and you suddenly realize that you tucked your shirt in, and you can feel the little sapper headed for your unmentionables with a satchel charge. "Stoppie and strip on the roadside."

Tried a turtleneck jersey, hot as hell, and yesterday one of the buggers stung right through it. Fortunately I don't react to the stings; it hurts a little, but the next few days it itches like hell. I know they are yellow jackets because I find them inside my shirt. I take no prisoners.

Look, I get it: I ride a naked bike, catching entomological FLAK goes with the territory, but damn, I don't want to be trapped behind some windshield.

Any of you guys found a solution to protecting your neck that doesn't make you feel bound and gagged?

Thanks for your insights (and obligatory smart-ass comments), and as always, Good Riding to You.


MMcN49 Jun 24th 2018 02:40 PM


Originally Posted by Quixote (Post 48556)
This year I'm getting lit up like a B-17 over Schweinfurt.

Think my father said that he once visited Schweinfurt but he was in a B Dash Crash, (aka B-24).

Can't offer much for the Yellow Jackets. I ride with a full face helmet and in the summer a mesh riding jacket. Most of my neck seems to be covered. I have shields on my two street bikes but the Dual Sport only has a very small Rally Shield. My old Beemer didn't have a shield, (which I bought new in 72). Think in all the years I've been riding have only been stung a few times.

Bald Guy Jun 24th 2018 04:19 PM

BEE careful. I have been stung numerous times while riding. No affect except some swelling and redness.

Last year I was stung on the wrist by a bee.

Found out I developed an allergy, ended up in the ER with my throat swelling shut and BP in stroke out territory. Now I pack an Epi pen and a jar full of steroids and antihistamines

Gauntlet gloves, jacket with minimum throat exposure. Little bastards have to work at stinging me now.

Perhaps a silk scarf layered around you neck will keep them away and fill the space between you and the jacket.


MMcN49 Jun 24th 2018 04:30 PM

Here Ya Go.

casey790 Jun 24th 2018 04:47 PM

An alternative might be this?

Adventure gear tends to have more neck coverage I think.

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DocB Jun 24th 2018 07:40 PM

This oughta fit over a full face-

DocB Jun 24th 2018 07:48 PM

Or maybe carry a spare helmet to fool them.

Quixote Jun 24th 2018 08:01 PM

That will put a bee in your bonnet. Must be somewhere in The Dalles.

Motorbiker Jun 24th 2018 09:05 PM

Check out your friendly paintball supplier. Velcro fastened neoprene neck protector.

WarpShatner7 Jun 24th 2018 09:07 PM

Neck gaiters FTW. I get mine from They call them face shields but they're the same thing.

Look for a promo code, you should be able to get 5 for $20 or so, rather than the much steeper price shown by default. Unfortunately they appear to have discontinued the french fries print as shown in my avatar. (And no, I don't usually wear them pulled over my face, except when it's pretty cold and I'm using a 3/4 helmet like that.

Candiya Jun 25th 2018 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by casey790 (Post 48562)
An alternative might be this?

Adult Sports - Neckwear

Adventure gear tends to have more neck coverage I think.

Sent via iPhone

This is what I use - just tuck it up under my chin strap, and it's full coverage. When it's hot out, you can soak it for a bit of cooling.

Mudslinger Jun 25th 2018 11:41 AM

Neck Gaiter

Quixote Jun 25th 2018 01:27 PM

Thank you gentlemen, you guys always come through.

Based upon your recommendation, I got a neck gaiter on my lunch hour; "Intifada black". Looks the business.

I was going to get the dashing silk scarf, but my overactive imagination pictured me getting the end caught in the chain, and I'd end up as a GIF with me hanging myself at 75 MPH over and over and over. . I like the idea of soaking it in water for cooling, that's a great idea. I'll let you know how it works.

Now to the real question: "Why?"

All the stings have been by orchards, and if nothing else has changed, then the only variable is the yellow jackets. I recall hearing last year that they changed certain pesticides to reduce the risk to honeybees. Perhaps the yellow jackets are flourishing with the honeybees. If that's the case, look out come late summer! They'll be 1,000,000,000 angry yellow jackets atracking everybody like some kind of Alfred Hitchcock movie.

God, I love motorcycling....


MMcN49 Jun 25th 2018 01:47 PM

Interesting. The few times I've been stung were in or near apple or cherry orchards.

Mudslinger Jun 25th 2018 02:05 PM

They are attracted to all the bug guts on your bike. Must smell like a shmorgishborg to them.

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