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post #51 of 59 Old 09-13-2018, 08:59 PM
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So if you'll excuse a stupid question......if I buy rain gear, like this
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BONVL1S...dea_lv_dp_vv_d
Do I buy it gigantic to fit over my armored Olympia jacket ,& pants or buy "regular" size to go under?
Some companies intentionally oversize their rain gear to fit over your armor. I was right in between 2 sizes for my rain jacket. I went with the larger size because a previous rain suit was too restrictive. The new rain jacket also has straps to tighten up key spots and prevent flapping in the wind so it already mitigates one of the reasons to avoid going too large.

At any rate, rain gear is generally the outermost layer. Otherwise your other riding gear will get all wet.
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@Grimmer . Thank You!

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post #53 of 59 Old 09-23-2018, 03:21 AM
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Just stay SMOOOOOOOOOTH with your control inputs and you'll be "right as rain."

Fear of the slick will make you clench and tighten up and be less smooth.

I strongly recommend the notions above to go play in a dirt field or similar lower-traction environment and *exercise* smooth control reactions in order to *exorcise* the temptation for ham-fisted survival reaction control inputs.
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post #54 of 59 Old 09-25-2018, 04:23 AM
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What JonXX said. Same goes for riding on gravel, relax, let the handlebar dance with the bumps but always keep a relaxed grip. Tension easily spreads throughout your body, wears you out, and can lead to some bad situations.
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Try a YouTube or Google search on "wet road motorcycle traction". I remember seeing some videos by professional riders and teachers talking on this subject. I think they said you lose less than 10% traction on wet roads after it had rained a little while. Most dangerous was just after it had just rained.... I just searched YouTube for "motorcycle traction on wet roads" and saw several videos on the subject.
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I recently found myself riding in a tropical downpour here in Florida on a county road with traffic and no place to pull over.
These roads get 3 of standing water and nobody slows down so I had cagers on my ass with oncoming traffic all doing 60.
I could feel the bike floating and I was thankful the Shinko 805s seemed to be spitting out the water fairly well.
Key here is my experience riding on gravel and road racing bicycles.
The gyroscopic effect of your wheels is going to keep you upright but you have to be calm and smooth and know how to steer vs counter steer.
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Good job on making it through the downpour. Often times these storms are accompanied by gusts of wind strong enough to push the bike across the lane.
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Good job on making it through the downpour. Often times these storms are accompanied by gusts of wind strong enough to push the bike across the lane.
My undergraduate education was in Physics. An important formula I did not learn in class:

reduced traction + wind = Bad.
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post #59 of 59 Old 08-16-2019, 11:02 PM
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Yes, thank god it was not gusty with heavy vegetation on both sides of the road.
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