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post #1 of 7 Old 08-04-2009, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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The big v makes a great jet ski!

OK, not really! I rode to work last night (Monday) the weatherman called for WIDELY scattered showers (Tuesday morning) with heavier rain in the afternoon. Had my brand new ridding boots and wanted to try them out! Heck, they are waterproof anyway! So I got off work and it started to thunder. I went ahead and put on my raingear. Got about halfway down to the interstate, and it rained harder than I have ever seen! I could only go about 20MPH on the freeway with my flashers on behind a semi--I could hardly see. I thought if I can go another mile I'll stop under a overpass and wait it out. Well I made it and holy $hit---it started raining HARDER!!! The water draining on the interstate was rising up over my footpegs!!I wasn't in a low spot!! So I went in behind another semi and lucky for me only had about another three miles before I ran out of the worst part. We (Louisville Ky) got anywhere from 5-8" of rain in 1 hour, they actually closed the interstate I was on behind me due to high water. And no my boots didn't keep my feet dry, the water was over top of them-- don't ever trust your local weatherman!!! Cheers-BB

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And no my boots didn't keep my feet dry, the water was over top of them-- don't ever trust your local weatherman!!! Cheers-BB
I had the same thing happen to my Alpinestars a few weeks ago in a massive downpour. As I hit a long pool of deep water, it came up the inside of my Aerostich AD1 Pants and down into the boots. I did the same thing again a few days later while exploring a dirt road, but that was my fault for riding in the mud and traversing a relatively deep pool of standing water.

That initial splash kind of shocks you doesn't it?

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Shocks you to say the least, I thought I was going to be completely waterproof, but in all honesty a scuba suit wouldn't have made a difference today! BB

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It was an adventure though ;-)

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Glad it didn't hail on you!

I've been stuck in a deluge or two, and I always wrestle with "if it gets ANY worse, I'm pulling over... OK, it's worse, but there's no where to safely pull over."
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I weather-tested my gear too a couple of weeks ago. I was out riding with four buddies. The others rode cruisers x2, a Buell Something and a Bandit 600. The bandit rider was wearing the worst possible rain gear: a fleece jacket and jeans. The Buell rider wore a hooded sweater + jeans, cruiser guys had leather gear on, of course. I rode ATGATT = full gore tex outfit, boots, gloves and full-face helmet.

About 10km from home (6,25 miles) we ran into a wall of water. It rained so hard, we had to take the speed down to 20mph and below. Very poor visibility and in a few minutes, it was a full-blown thunderstorm. I also hit deep water near a road construction site with water up to the pegs.

When I got home and took off my gear, the only wet spot was in my neck. I do have a windstopper waterproof thingee around my neck but somehow the water got under it anyway. The rest of me was completely dry! I'd give my gear a 10+ score on this.

The wee had no problems taking me home in that weather. It felt secure to ride even in very watery conditions.

Me and my buddies went different ways when we got to the city but I called my Bandit riding friend later that night and asked him how wet he got. "Well, I think I had one small dry spot on my back" he said.

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I saw Louisville on the news last night. You aren't kidding when you say it rained.

That's not fun on a motorcycle. I was coming thru Cleveland, TN one time in a major downpour. Pretty scary.
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