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post #21 of 59 Old 06-28-2018, 05:09 PM
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My observation: people who are pushing themselves and 'searching for their limits'- usually find them.

I like corners and with good road conditions, I might ride in a spirited manner, but on questionable surfaces I have found that if I do the speed limit I do not have any problems.

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I am quite comfortable riding in the rain, but there are considerations as others have mentioned. Riding here on the wet coast, another consideration is hydroplaning when the rain gets heavy. I have experienced a little lightness and drift in heavy rain and high speeds when the road has noticeable tire grooves that allow the water to build up before draining, but simply slowing down with no brake manages it just fine. I tend to ride "10 over" most of the time in predictable conditions, but in heavy rain I'll certainly keep it to the posted limit, or usually max 90kph (55) on the freeway regardless of the speed limit. You may be aware of your lane, but something as simple as a big truck in the other lane can wash a wave of fresh water in front of you and surprise you. Around town, the tips mentioned about the tar/paint/steel, etc. should all serve you just fine, and don't be afraid to pull over and wait out a particularly bad cloudburst in a safe spot. They don't usually last that long.

As your confidence and experience grows, some low-speed play time on slippery surfaces to learn how to intentionally skid your bike around will help you immensely. If you can turn off that ABS and practice rear brake skid turns and recoveries on some loose gravel and eventually wet asphalt, you will develop a sense of balance and instinctive reaction that can save your butt if you ever do find yourself loosing traction. It can be fast and unexpected, so developing some muscle memory around the recovery process is very valuable. Dirt biking can do that very well too. I bike in the mountains very early and late in the season, and I have found ice and frost unexpectedly in the past. Those instinctive (practiced) reactions have kept me upright and in control every time so far...

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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate you guys sharing your wisdom with me. Sounds like rain shouldn't be as scary as I thought but I'm sure it'll take me some time to become as comfortable with it as some of you.
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I have found the newer thermoplastic lane markings are treacherously slippery when wet. Try to avoid them if you can
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post #25 of 59 Old 06-30-2018, 03:03 PM
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As Shu says just ride the speed limit in the rain. Also just be smart. I like riding in the rain even more now that I have Michelins. They have crazy grip in the wet. Also ever since I bought the bike traction control has been turned off. No issues, I know the limit, and I guess I prefer to be in control.
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Also ever since I bought the bike traction control has been turned off. No issues, I know the limit, and I guess I prefer to be in control.
How does having Traction control on stop you from being in control?

As much as you "know the limit" you might find that limit is in a very different spot than you thought it was and traction control let you know if a very safe way before you risk going beyond the limit. (Same can be said of ABS brakes.)

These aids help you have control.

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How does having Traction control on stop you from being in control?

As much as you "know the limit" you might find that limit is in a very different spot than you thought it was and traction control let you know if a very safe way before you risk going beyond the limit. (Same can be said of ABS brakes.)

These aids help you have control.

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You are right Tom, they do help you. I would never think of messing with ABS but I never ride with traction control on. Or at least after I turned it off I never turned it back on again. Maybe I should. But it has been a non issue for years now and I ride in all conditions. Maybe I have been lucky...So I should prob turn it back on for that "oops" moment.
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The thing that worries me the most in the rain is the crap that drops out of poorly maintained cars and trucks.

Learn and avoid the areas at intersections where drippy cages pause. Stay out of those low spots and dark spots. As others have said, if it starts to rain it's often worth pausing for an hour or so if at all possible. I've experienced far more slips in the first stages of a rain event; after an hour or so of heavy rain, things get washed off pretty well. Light, patchy rain in urban and suburban areas can get very dangerous.

Wet pavement by itself is no big deal at all, but just a few drops of oil or antifreeze can turn a fairly large area into a skating rink in the wet. You can end up on the ground in an eyeblink.

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So new chip seal is high traction? Only ridden it once and the shiny surface and strong oil smell got my caution up...
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So new chip seal is high traction? Only ridden it once and the shiny surface and strong oil smell got my caution up...
It depends on how they have finished the surface. Sometimes around here you get quite a smooth surface (for higher speed roads). Be careful on those. Most of the city streets still have quite a bit of roughness to them, I wouldn't worry too much about that in the wet.
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