Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central Kentucky
Not to put a damper on things (pun intended). I can only remember 1 or maybe 2 rallies where it didn't rain, snow, sleet or when something didn't fall from the sky. But that is subjective to where you are when it decides to precipitate. On one side of the mountains it will be dry and clear, on the other maybe rain for hours. As others have said we just dodge and adjust to avoid what we can.
Good rain gear is the key to being miserable or enjoying a damp ride. I went for 30 years without really good gear but finally bought some excellent gear which has not only kept me dry and warm but has lasted many years with no significant wear showing. (WELL WORTH THE EXPENSE) if you ride much. I will be glad to discuss what I have found to be good gear for less than perfect weather when we are in the lodge or just look me up, almost everyone can point out "Prowler" for you. TIP: anywhere food is found you will also find PROWLER. Almost always at the front of the serving line in the lodge.
I actually like the rain now, there is usually no traffic to speak of, you can run the dragon almost alone, after you become comfortable with your bike/tire and comfort level in the rain it is usually the best time to ride in the area. (if you have good dry riding gear.) I found that if I am comfortable, dry and warm I can usually have a great time no mater what the weather is doing. I actually was dragging my saddle bags in the rain 2 years ago on the Dragon (again).
Just look at the other posts here, you will have fun and there is always something to do at this rally no matter what. Come join us for a great adventure.