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post #1 of 37 Old 02-22-2007, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Riding in the RAIN

Has anyone been caught in the rain? My car is in the shop right now and I have to drive 60miles to work tomorrow. It just started raining a little and the forecast calls for light rain tomorrow morning. I pretty much have no option. I have a leather jacket and rain pants so that isnt the problem. How slippy are the freeways? My main concern is getting my bike wet , it never sees water. Any info on this would be appreciated.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

DON'T SLAM ON THE GAS!!!!!!!!! Take everything nice and easy leave a little early so that you can take your time. Riding in the rain isn't all that bad as long as you take it nice and easy!!!
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Riding in the rain with gear is not bad at all especially if its a light warm rain. Its almost enjoyable. Like the kind right before tornados. I rode home from buying my bike in the rain.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

It's pretty cake. just be aware of cars behind you. sometimes they tend to stop to late. ride with an escape route. Splitting lanes is a good idea to avoid this. I enjoy riding in the rain.

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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Just drive like you would drive a car in the rain, Safely.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Easy on the throttle and gentle on the brakes and you will be fine.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Dude its easy, just like the dry but a little slower. When it first starts to rain, the road is most dangerous. If it is going to rain all night b4 then you are a little safer. If you have to panic stop, do it in between cars if possible so that the cager idiot behind you doesnt have a chance to give it to you in the ass.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

I ride year round. Rain, hurricanes, snow, tornadoes, sunamis, it doesn't matter, well except ice, then I just call in sick .
Bt seriously though, rain is not that bad if you have the gear for it. And just like you cage, give yourself extra following distance and for the love of all that is good, avoid the paint
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Thanks guys, good stuff. The rain has let up now and the streets are wet, we'll see in the morning. Hopefully this first dose washed all the oil away....

Thanks again, I will post tomorrow night when I get home and tell you how it went.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Like someone mentioned nothing to riding in the rain. Just be smooth on the throttle.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

I'm also one of those nuts who rides all year regardless of weather. My biggest concern is hanging my gear next to a strong heater so it won't meldew. It washes the bugs off, so I don't complain.

You're from California and your rain is very gentle, but often. I don't ever remember lightning and thunder there. If you ride in the rain a lot in the midwest, chances are you will see a tornado every year or two. Not a problem as the bike handles heavy downpour much better than a car which is a sitting duck. My bike starts to hydroplane at 90mph in an inch of standing water. That's when the road vibration disappears and the rear tire spools up, limiting maximum speed. Normal rain its much more. Hail can be the real killer.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

I forgot to mention... If there is heavy lightning involved, I'm pulling off. There was a guy here in Southeast VA that was hit by a bolt last year. Killed him and burst in bike into a fireball according to witnesses.
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

One guy riding over the highway got hit with lightning last year. Left a small chunk out of the pavement under the bike.

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Re: Riding in the RAIN

You're worried about getting your bike wet? Don' you wash it?
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Re: Riding in the RAIN

Washing it and getting road grime thrown on it are two different things IMO
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