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post #1 of 140 Old 05-18-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Who here rides in the rain?

As a new rider, I have chosen not to, but I am sure I will get caught in it eventually.
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post #2 of 140 Old 05-18-2016, 08:44 PM
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post #3 of 140 Old 05-18-2016, 08:52 PM
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I don't set out on a ride in the rain. That said I have been caught in the rain many times. On a 2700 mile trip last summer I spent at least 600 miles in the rain. Find rain gear that works for you and keep it on the bike if there is a chance of rain. Just remember to slow down and be vigilant as you are even less visible in the rain, or you can pull off the road and wait it out somewhere.
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Rain or shine here in the Northwest. I do avoid the highways if there are lots of cars kicking up water reducing visibility. Good gear and ride slower. Very enjoyable.

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Rain is fine but cautious around Tstorms....the wind can be vicious and for a new rider.....just get off and wait it out ...even if it's under an underpass. I do as well if it's bad enough.

People like Frog Toggs ....key to dry is doing up the seals properly especially at your neck.
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As you continue to ride, you'll find rain is unavoidable. Don't be afraid when it does just be aware that there are some additional hazards that arise. Shortly after the rain initially falls, any oil on the roadway will rise to the surface and run on top of the water but will lessen as the rain persists. Another issue is hydroplaning which is manageable as long as you're looking out for areas with water buildup.

I always ride slower and more cautiously with rain but once you get used to it, it's no big deal. I would also recommend gear to keep you dry, warm and visible.
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On clean wet tarseal you'll have more traction than dry.
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Mind the painted lines....nasty in the wet.
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Rain or shine I commute to work and back on my Strom. I am more cautious and leave much more room between me and the vehicles around me when it is raining.

Intersections are the most dangerous places for motorcycles (statistically) and weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents. Be cautious but do not fear the rain.... After you have the skills and confidence to ride when the road is dry.

Stats are provided from the "Hurt Report"
http://isddc.dot.gov/OLPFiles/NHTSA/013695.pdf
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I ride all season long. Rain or shine. Get a good rain suit and waterproof gloves. Do as already suggested: slow down, watch for standing water to avoid hydroplaning, watch the road snakes, painted lines and drain/sewer covers (learned the hard way). I've ridden in rain for hours on a trip to Kansas and just this past weekend going to Port Dover, ON.

Hail hurts. Stop for that.
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