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Old 12-02-2012, 02:54 PM   #11
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nope. never. i've done it in the past when i've gone somewhere and got stuck in the rain, but never on purpose. now that i don't ride the street anymore, i never get stuck in the rain. when the track's wet, i don't ride...


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You would be surprised how much you can learn riding in the wet that transfers to dry time. It gives you a chance to slow things down and really focus on things. JMO
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #12
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

I love to ride in the rain...parents hate it cause they think i'll crash and burn. Be smooth and not abrupt. Be sure to lookout for other drivers. One of the worries I have is that other drivers can't see me in the rain and crash into me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #13
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You would be surprised how much you can learn riding in the wet that transfers to dry time. It gives you a chance to slow things down and really focus on things. JMO
for sure. i have ridden on wet tracks before. i realized early what my limitations are. i don't like cleaning motorcycles and gear or peeling off wet leathers. i especially don't like getting back into wet leathers and a wet helmet for additional sessions in the rain. just not for me...


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Old 12-02-2012, 03:18 PM   #14
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

i have my 2ct's and love them in the rain....brake and shift early keep your rpms low and easy on the throttle, and be extra cautious on turns!
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #15
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

Riding in the rain can be fun if you are properly equipped and ride smoothly (as covered above) and extra carefully.

I like Rain-X on my face shield. My wet gloves have a squeegee on the left forefinger for clearing any junk on the shield.

Most street riding from 30-95 degrees F, I wear my Aerostich one piece suit (with all optional hard armor). It is easy on, easy off; and waterproof for about 1 hour in hard rain. If you waterproof it with a good spray, it can last much longer. In the summer I have soaked it in water when I've gotten too hot on long summer rides and that helps a lot. I've found myself wishing (and sometimes getting) rain on long summer rides.

Sidi Vertigo Mega Gore-Tex Boots keep my feet dry. I like those a lot.

Other drivers will have a harder time seeing you in the rain, and they don't notice you in the best of circumstances; so in the rain it's really bad.

More random stuff (gravel, mud, ...) will get splashed up on, or washed into the road. Normally safe curves are more likely than normal to hold hidden surprises.

Tire tread depth, that hardly matters on dry roads, matters a LOT on wet roads.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

Riding in the rain isn't too bad if you have gear. I highly recommend Frog Toggs if you're going to do it often.

As mentioned earlier, visibility is hindered in the rain. I usually flash my brake light more than normal when it's raining hard.

Other than that think slow and smooth and you shouldn't have any problems. Watch out for road paint, it gets pretty slick.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:43 PM   #17
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

I thoroughly enjoy riding in the rain.



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Old 12-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #18
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I thoroughly enjoy riding in the rain.



...right up until I got greedy with the throttle.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #19
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Not fun lol plus here in SoCal when it rains everyone forgets how to drive so u have twice as many tools to be worried about!


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Old 12-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #20
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Re: Riding when the road is wet?

I find that the faster you go, the more the rain clears off your face shield. so grip it and rip it.

But really though, take it easy, and you'll be fine.
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