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post #1 of 23 Old 06-22-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Last weekend I was leading a group of seven riders up in the west North Carolina mountains when we encountered the usual pop up afternoon rain storm. After putting on rain suits we ventured on . As the road reached higher elevations I started to see bolt of lightning here and there. It was still raining hard but we had enough visibility to continue moving on, albeit at a slower rate. We occasionally passed road side clearings large enough to accommodate the seven of us but I didn't stop.
But I questioned my decision to keep on keeping on. Are you better off continuing to ride in spite of the lightning, or is it best to pull off into an open clearing (no shelter) and wait it out?

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I've read news stories of people getting struck while riding... I would find shelter ASAP

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When everything is wet, you aren't isolated from ground. The reason a car is a decent place is the metal body that is a much better conductor of current. Occupants are basically inside a Faraday cage as long as they don't touch metal when inside the car. Being on a motorcycle in a lightning storm is not a good idea.

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When everything is wet, you aren't isolated from ground. The reason a car is a decent place is the metal body that is a much better conductor of current. Occupants are basically inside a Faraday cage as long as they don't touch metal when inside the car. Being on a motorcycle in a lightning storm is not a good idea.
+1. Cars get struck by lightning occasionally; it just doesn't usually hurt the occupants. On a bike, you are an integral part of the best path to ground, which probably begins at your helmet.

I love thunderstorms, but I'd opt to not be the tallest thing around if I were riding near one (and remember that lightning strikes can and do happen several miles from the storm center).
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I thought this was going to be a thread about removing weight from the bike.

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I thought this was going to be a thread about removing weight from the bike.
I was primed to give the O.P. crap about that, but then noticed he spelled it correctly within his post, and I don't think editing the thread title is possible for mere mortals, so -- contrary to my natural instinct -- I let it go. :biggrinjester: :biggrinjester:
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I was primed to give the O.P. crap about that, but then noticed he spelled it correctly within his post, and I don't think editing the thread title is possible for mere mortals, so -- contrary to my natural instinct -- I let it go. :biggrinjester: :biggrinjester:
Me, too ... exactly!

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If there's no shelter available I guess there's not much point in stopping, as I don't imagine that your odds of being hit change much. If there is shelter available, then by all means take it.

There's been a couple time I've been riding when the flash and sound were simultaneous, it sure scared the crapola out of me.

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Remember the old Boy Scout rule, from the flash to the thunder, 5 seconds = 1 mile. I'd be careful if the thunder came within a second or two of the flash.
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Since nobody quoted my post and it was erroneous, I deleted it. Donít want nobody to get kilt on my account.

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