Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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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