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post #1 of 16 Old 07-19-2006, 01:54 AM
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anyone leave their bike in the rain? Problems?

I have a phobia of leaving my bike out in the rain, especially when Im at work. I never minded my scooter though, except when we had a storm that blew it over on its side. So what ended up happening was id never ride my motorcycle if there was any chance of rain. So what I wonder is, what kind of problems can arrise with repeatedly leaving you bike in a pouring rain? Are there any small mods I can do to protect any bits? Shorten the kickstand to make a blowover less likely?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-19-2006, 07:56 AM
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Only thing I do differently is cover the ignition switch so water can't get into it and seize it up.

Take a look at the 4th post, or there abouts.

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I ride to work everyday unless its raining in the AM when I leave. I left it out in the rain a whole bunch of times and like you was worried about the electrical stuff. I used Heavy's idea with the film canister and I also use a cheap cover from Walmart. Its not 100% water proof but it does help. I have had zero problem yet and it seems to be raining a whole lot these days later int he afternoon.
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Hey, glad you liked the film cannister idea. Pretty simple huh?

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I leave my bike in the rain at work all the time. Normally I park on the centerstand at work but if there's a big storm brewing, I'll park on the kickstand and leave it in gear. Hasen't blown over yet...

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Only thing I do differently is cover the ignition switch so water can't get into it and seize it up.

Exactly. That is the only problem I have had on the bike-last winter it rained a g*%&@#$! lot too.
Never had a blowover, but seems to me it is safer on the sidestand versus the centerstand.

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I'm extremely fortunate. I have covered parking where I work so the bike does not sit out in the weather. Garaged at night and in the day. I do ride almost everyday. For some reason, I don't like to ride when there is a heavy rainstorm happening as I leave the house. In Florida this does not happen all that frequently. Most of our heavy rains come in the afternoon. I ride through it all.

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I leave my bike in the rain at work all the time.
Me too. No problems.

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Hey, glad you liked the film cannister idea. Pretty simple huh?
Very simple and a great idea I showed my neighbor and he did the same thing for his bike. It just so happened the day I read your post about that. We had at work and bunch of old film they were giving away so I grabbed a few of the canisters to play with. Good job with that idea Heavy :!:
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Not only I park it under the rain. I ride it while its raining.


I don't think that the iginition will seize up after one rain.
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