Rain Riding - I'm SKEEERED! - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 264
Rain Riding - I'm SKEEERED!

I am PARANOID when it rains. :shock:
I don't know why, but I am deathly afraid that the wheels will slip out from underneath me.
The weird thing is that somedays I commute by bicycle and can be traveling with those skinny tires through torrential downpours and think nothing of it. But maybe that's because I know if I do go down, it's gonna hurt a hell of a lot less than if I go down on the strom in the middle of an intersection of on the freeway.
Any advice?

-dennis
2006 DL650 Silver Blue
2004 Triumph Thruxton
d2mini is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 08:05 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: LaPorte IN
Posts: 43
Just take it easy. Modern tires can deal with water dispersion fairly easily. Just don't be in a hurry to stop or turn as your ability to lean into a corner is diminished on wet pavement. And by all means stay out of the center of the lane as this is where all the oil and antifreeze from the cages leaks out and collects. A little rain is often worse than a downpour as with alot of rain it washes away most of the contaminents. But learning to deal with all kinds of road conditions makes you a better rider. No WFO starts and no locking up the brakes! Just go slowly until your confidence builds. Kinda like a new girlfriend.
qixilver is offline  
post #3 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 08:15 PM
Super Moderator
 
Big B's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central OHIO "Go Buckeyes"
Posts: 16,659
Garage
Trust me.....what you are feeling isn't one bit abnormal! Better to be on the side of caution, then feel like nothing could happen to you. The actual dangerous time of riding in the rain...is when it "hasn't" rained in a while, and all the oils/fuels grease and grime gets mixed up with the fresh rain. As soon as it rains for a bit, things begin to wash off and allows you more traction and stability. The painted yellow and white lines are the REAL dangerous critters in the rain. Just be sure to stay out of the center of the lane, and keep to the left or right. I have been riding in the rain MANY times, and it is actually pretty amazing how much traction you do have with good tires. Like you mentioned about riding your bike in the rain.....just remember that you have more rubber on the surface with your motobike. This may sound dumb, but go out and take a few quick rain rides. You will work into that comfort zone, and will get to know your Strom even better. You learn by doing, not reading about it! Best of luck! :wink:

BRIAN "GO Buckeyes, GO Wildcats"!

2015 DL650 XT "Hector"

1997 Honda Valkyrie 1500 custom “Dolores”




Big B is offline  
 
post #4 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 08:47 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
VtSTROM-K5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1,944
Send a message via Yahoo to VtSTROM-K5
d2mini
When I first got my lic. and took the msf course the navy base we took the test on, wet the parking lot w/ a fire truck the 2nd day and kept it wet. for 3 hours we rode in the rain on a sunny 85 deg florida day they had fogging spray for us to practice turns, starts & stops & emerg stoping drills . when I got back into bikes 6 years ago I took a refresher training and the next rainy day i headed for a big parking lot ( out away from the major stores is usually pretty empty where i live ) and re-did the drills. I felt better after a few turns .....and my buddy who never took the MSF even tried the drills . I thought this might help you .

2014 V2 DL 1000 25 miles and Onward
IF I only Rode in Good weather..
I WOULDN'T get to Ride in Vermont.at ALL!
we have 2 types of roads in Vermont, Unpaved roads and decaying back to .............Unpaved roads..

2005 DL1000 98,547 miles and continuing in the hands of it's new owner
VtSTROM-K5 is offline  
post #5 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 08:58 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Heavy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: The gateway to Cottage Country, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,406
I'd suggest some practice. Go out on a rainy day and ride. Rather than being forced to ride your daily commute in the rain, go out in the rain on a free day and experiment. Pick quiet, secondary roads and get accustomed to what the bike can do and what you can do.

DL1000K6
Proud to be a Road Toad...Member #5
Heavy is offline  
post #6 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 10:31 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Night_Wolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: N 51.01.900 W 114.05.900
Posts: 1,187
Exactly what I tell my students after they have taken the course on a sunny weekend. I've gone out to ride with friends who were nOOb riders in the rain 8) Lots of fun if you have the right attitude

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heavy
I'd suggest some practice. Go out on a rainy day and ride. Rather than being forced to ride your daily commute in the rain, go out in the rain on a free day and experiment. Pick quiet, secondary roads and get accustomed to what the bike can do and what you can do.

Type @ Ya'll Later
Night_Wolf



2007 DL650abs Wee Strom
VSRI 1083/MIG 2625
A Newfie & Damm Proud Of It
Night_Wolf is offline  
post #7 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 11:02 PM
$tromtrooper
 
Heavy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: The gateway to Cottage Country, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,406
I really enjoy riding in the rain. Its one of those "man vs nature" things. Get your gear all buttoned up tight and head out. Its different than a clear day. I feel more alone or isolated. Kind of the intrepid voyager. Its cool. 8)

DL1000K6
Proud to be a Road Toad...Member #5
Heavy is offline  
post #8 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 11:04 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: new jersey - northern
Posts: 285
I always rode in the rain and never gave it much thought.
This year I have been lucky but the two years before I had
a couple of thousand miles in the rain.
The advice everyone is giving you is good advice.
A good long ride in a soaking rain is good for the soul.

2004 V-Strom 650
2002 GS500
2004 KLR250
2014 DRZ400
mike183 is offline  
post #9 of 31 Old 10-12-2006, 11:53 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
lenoreray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Orofino, Idaho
Posts: 35
Things I've heard or read--you still have 80% of your tire traction when the road is wet, verses dry. Also, adding a couple of psi to your tires actually improves traction by making the tread a little stiffer and thus giving a little better bite to the road surface when it is wet. These things can be disputed, but you have to believe in something when you lean over at speed. Also, avoid speed changes when crossing over cattle guards. Wet metal is always slippery.

Currently, 2005 V-Strom 650--18,000 miles, 2005 Goldwing--45,000 miles, 2007 Ural Patrol--6000 km. Past bikes, 1972 Honda 450, 1971 Yamaha 650, 1979 Yamaha 750 (triple), and 1989 Yamaha Virago 1100. Retired at 50. I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.
lenoreray is offline  
post #10 of 31 Old 10-13-2006, 02:17 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
cavehamster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 1,045
Send a message via AIM to cavehamster
Strangely enough, New Mexico has been really stinking wet this season, so I have gotten a chance to ride in the rain.

Now, bear in mind that the VStrom is my second bike, and the first one was bought back in May of this year. Between the two bikes, I have about 9000 miles of riding. And I've ridden in every kind of weather. (well, that summer will offer anyway...)

Basically, it really stinks to get caught in a storm when you didn't bring any gear. Sloshing through the gears with standing water in your boots is not as fun as it might sound. On my first bike, a '89 Yamaha XT600 (looks like a dirt bike with headlights), I had -very- knobby tires, the Pirelli MT21s. I didn't get to go offroad much with them, but I will say, in the rain, they were.... different. You could feel the bike didn't have as much bite going around a corner. You didn't really slide or anything, just... it didn't seem to track the corners as well as when it was dry. I swapped these tires over to a set of Avon Gripsters, and things changed. But I have yet to try them in the rain...

But on the Strom, with the stock Trailwings, I have never felt that way. I'm always pretty conservative in the rain, giving myself plenty of room to stop and etc, and take it easy around corners, but it has yet to feel any different in the least to me. One of the big challenges in the rain, at least to start with, is gaining cornering confidence. When you go around that first one, your arms will be stiff and you'll have a death grip on the bars, and the bike will feel strange, which gives you a negative feedback. Try to relax, take the corner slower than you would dry, but do lean like normal and don't stiffen up! The saying I've heard is that 'if you have traction to stop, you have traction to corner'. Say that to yourself before you go into a corner.

That said, good rain gear sure makes a difference. The setup I have now allows me to ride in pouring rain, 40 degree temps, and smile the whole way. I've done this a few times now. Get there, all warm and toasty and dry. It is quite fun.

Besides, it's sometimes fun to be the only bike on the road I'm gonna try to stay riding through the winter, we'll see how that goes. Ice scares me, but then I said that about rain not too long ago as well... although I think the ice might actually be a lot worse :P

Good luck!
cavehamster is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome