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post #1 of 17 Old 08-10-2009, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Took the DL1000 through a 6 hour drencher from central, IL up to far north of Milwaulkee, WI this past weekend. I did not see any shirtless, tattooed harley riders out the entire ride

I have ridden in rain plenty but this was the heaviest sustained downpoor (and two good sized t-storms) I have been in on a bike. The bike handled it without a hiccup. My tourmaster defender rainsuit did pretty well considering the amount of rain, as well as the tourmaster solution boots. The tourmaster dri-mesh waterproof gloves, umm not so much. They completely soaked through within a half hour.

Anyone else get waterlogged lately? What gear did you have and how did it hold up? How about the bike/riding, in terms of rain and storms when is it enough to find some cover?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-10-2009, 07:09 PM
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The tourmaster dri-mesh waterproof gloves, umm not so much. They completely soaked through within a half hour.
I highly recommend the Aerostich Triple Digit Rain covers. I just slip them over my regular riding gear when it starts to rain. THEY DO NOT LEAK. They pack really small, and have a little wiper thingy for your shield. And, if you run happen to need to carry a bit of water while camping etc, you can fill up just fine.

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The last truly horrific downpour I rode through was 3 years ago, heading to Whitehorse YT from Smithers BC. I imagine the roads near Dease are probably paved by now..they were still gravel back then. The DL rode like a champ through it all, and even though I wasn't using full on knobbies, the Anakees I did have worked really well. All I had was an old 3/4 length Joe Rocket ballistic nylon jacket and pants, plus an old KBC full face helmet that fogged up if I even looked at it... although I did scotchguard the coat before I left so that helped a ton.
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Been through more downpours that I care to think about. It's the reason I now own an iPhone. Allows me to see where the weather is and figure out best way to minimize my exposure. Can't always avoid it, but I like knowing my weather options.


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I finally got sandwiched between two storm systems coming back from Ohio 3 weeks ago. I had outrun one system clear across Ohio and Pa then between Haggarstown and Frederick Md I got sandwiched. I stopped on the side of the road (since all the bridges were full of cruisers trying to hide from it) and donned my 10 buck walmart special 2 pc rainsuit. It poured like I haven't seen in years. As long as I can see, I'll ride but there is a point where it becomes plain dangerous but I don't think it was that bad despite the number of cars pulling off the road. I didn't want to pull over and become a target. I was pretty amazed at how dry it kept my head and body but I forgot to tie the wraparounds at my boots and the pantlegs shredded up to the calves. Otherwise, it did pretty well and VERY well for 10 bucks. I'm going to buy another set next time I'm in their store.

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My tourmaster defender rainsuit did pretty well considering the amount of rain, as well as the tourmaster solution boots.
I'm glad you are having better luck with your tourmaster WP solution boots.

I went through a storm that was absolutely ridiculous, through pot holes filled with water that would drench me like someone threw a drum of water on me. And yet my feet were the wettest part of my body.... hmm ... my rain gear did the job perfectly yet the "water proof" boots failed miserably ...

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I was pretty amazed at how dry it kept my head and body but I forgot to tie the wraparounds at my boots and the pantlegs shredded up to the calves. Otherwise, it did pretty well and VERY well for 10 bucks. I'm going to buy another set next time I'm in their store.

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I've got Strearns rain gear from Wal-Mart, probably a $25.00 investment.

I wear them under my Olympia mesh Jacket and Cycle Tousers and they work quite well.

Quick fix for warmish, dryish feet: shopping bags inside the boot. Plastic not paper, in case I had to mention it.

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I'm glad you are having better luck with your tourmaster WP solution boots.

I went through a storm that was absolutely ridiculous, through pot holes filled with water that would drench me like someone threw a drum of water on me. And yet my feet were the wettest part of my body.... hmm ... my rain gear did the job perfectly yet the "water proof" boots failed miserably ...
Brent07,

Sorry to hear the TM solution boots are not working out. Mine survived the strangler as well as multiple "normal" rain rides. They have kept my feet very dry so far. I wonder if snow-sealing them would help ya?

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I did about 100 miles in a downpour on the freeway a couple months ago. The only rain gear I have is a set of Frogg Toggs. They held up pretty well, but some water finally made it in on the chest of my jacket. I think the water was sliding off the tank bag, then finding it's way through the flap and zipper.

Not bad for a $35 setup. Haven't invested in rainproof gloves, so my palms were nice and black. Didn't have any plastic baggies for my boots either.

Edit: The bike was flawless. No problems. Although when I stopped for gas some water must have found it's way to the radiator, 'cuz there was a sudden burst of steam from below the triple clamp. Thought I'd blown a hose or something, but all was fine.

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