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post #221 of 351 Old 05-12-2018, 09:00 AM
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If you paid attention to the weather forecast for this area, you would stay home! We have seen reports of heavy rain each day of the rally.....then when the time came there was less rain than normal. There will be a shower or two at best, that is just how this area is. Most of the time you can wait it out. Or, if like me, the bike is already dirty just keep going!
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I made sure to grab a waterproof riding jacket and boots (already had pants) as last year my ride home was 3 out of 4 hours in a downpour. I left Saturday hoping to beat the rain, and just ended up riding into it.

I made it home awfully soggy.
But I've had too much fun the last few years to skip due to a chance to get a little wet. See you guys and gals Thursday.

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I made sure to grab a waterproof riding jacket and boots (already had pants) as last year my ride home was 3 out of 4 hours in a downpour. I left Saturday hoping to beat the rain, and just ended up riding into it.

I made it home awfully soggy.
But I've had too much fun the last few years to skip due to a chance to get a little wet. See you guys and gals Thursday.

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I also coated my riding & rain gear with tent waterproofing spray. I got mine off Amazon but Walmart and Bass Pro sell a ton of products.
Some you can just run with your gear in the washing machine.
I don't trust "waterproof" labeling unless Gortex is stamped on it. Even my $500+ Alpinestar set has it's limitations.

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Side question, you think I can rainx my windshield and helmet visor?
I use Meguiars clear plastic cleaner and it has the same effect. I’ll bring some so you can try it out.
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"Bug slide" works well for cleaning, detailing, and helps water bead off visor.
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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.
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All packed up. Heading out tomorrow morning. Hope to be there Thursday afternoon.

Rain, shine, or snow.
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Does Iron Horse have a way to back a pick up truck to a deck to unload/load a bike not using ramps? I think last year I noticed that you may be able to do this at the end of the front porch toward the camping area? Have a great ride @Stalky Tracker , see you in a couple of days.
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Does Iron Horse have a way to back a pick up truck to a deck to unload/load a bike not using ramps? I think last year I noticed that you may be able to do this at the end of the front porch toward the camping area? Have a great ride @Stalky Tracker , see you in a couple of days.
You are 100% correct, Spokes.........end of the porch, they use it to load trash and schtuff onto their PU to haul off. BTW, my PU + trailer will be on-site until Sunday AM should anyone have a mechanical failure and need a lift........pick-up service available!!
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Last time I was at the Gathering someone loaded a BMW K1600 on their pickup there.

He dropped it at the Tail of the Dragon inn parking lot and broke his arm (?), new bike and was taller than his old Harley. And the parking lot is not as level as the ones in Florida where he was from.

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