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Jun 24th 2018, 02:22 PM   #1
 Quixote's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
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.

Quixote
Jun 24th 2018, 02:40 PM   #2
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quixote
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.
Jun 24th 2018, 04:19 PM   #3
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
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.

Dusty
Jun 24th 2018, 04:30 PM   #4
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Here Ya Go.

Jun 24th 2018, 04:47 PM   #5
 casey790's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon

  2005 Speed Triple
An alternative might be this?

http://www.buffwear.com/adult-neckwear

Adventure gear tends to have more neck coverage I think.


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Jun 24th 2018, 07:40 PM   #6
 DocB's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
This oughta fit over a full face-

Jun 24th 2018, 07:48 PM   #7
 DocB's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
Or maybe carry a spare helmet to fool them.

Jun 24th 2018, 08:01 PM   #8
 Quixote's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
That will put a bee in your bonnet. Must be somewhere in The Dalles.
Jun 24th 2018, 09:05 PM   #9
 Motorbiker's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  1987 FZR 1000
Check out your friendly paintball supplier. Velcro fastened neoprene neck protector.
Jun 24th 2018, 09:07 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Here

Neck gaiters FTW. I get mine from safishing.com. 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.
Jun 25th 2018, 10:43 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Quote:
Originally Posted by casey790
An alternative might be this?

Adult Sports - Neckwear

Adventure gear tends to have more neck coverage I think.


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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.
Jun 25th 2018, 11:41 AM   #12
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
Neck Gaiter
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Jun 25th 2018, 01:27 PM   #13
 Quixote's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
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....

Quixote
Jun 25th 2018, 01:47 PM   #14
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Interesting. The few times I've been stung were in or near apple or cherry orchards.
Jun 25th 2018, 02:05 PM   #15
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

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