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Smile Do not let the Rain scare you away

1. Some riders think when the rain starts to come down, so should the garage door, tucking the bike away until the sun shines again the following spring. Unfortunately, they're missing one of the best motorcycling experiences. Riding in the rain can be fun as long as you know what to expect and how to change your riding accordingly.

First of all, clothe yourself properly. A good rain suit, gloves, boots, and perhaps an electric vest, can keep even the most persistent storm from soaking you. But most importantly, you must change the way you handle the motorcycle. Throttle adjustments need to be made smoothly and in small increments; use less lean angle; gradually apply your brakes and get your braking done early.


2. Be wary of intersections when riding in wet conditions. We all know about the oils in the pavement that surface after a rain, but what about the oil that was already there? Any place in the road where cars come to a stop will have a higher concentration of the slick stuff. The rain makes it worse. You may not be able to spot this while riding, so it's best to decrease your speed when approaching intersections. Don't run yellow lights, because if you have to turn or brake quickly chances are you'll encounter a traction problem. When stopped at a red light, check the rear-view mirror for cars that could slide into you from behind. Also, double your following distance so as not to be surprised by cars stopping suddenly in front of you.


3. Two things we've noticed that drastically reduce traction during wet weather are manhole covers and sealer pavement. Both of these are like black ice when it's raining. When traveling in a straight line they pose less of a threat, but be sure to scan well ahead before you turn the bike to enter an intersection. Get off the brakes early and take a line that's clear of traction-limiting obstructions. Sealer pavement is usually darker than the surrounding blacktop. It can be found in town or on rural roads, and it comes in large patches or smaller sections where it's used for crack repair. If you encounter either of these traction inhibitors resist braking or accelerating hard. If you have to change your line or turn over a greasy section, keep your hands relaxed on the clip-ons and don't lean the bike any more than necessary.


4. Although this may seem obvious, it is amazing how many people we see riding in an area of the lane that is wet even though an adjacent area is dry. Dry pavement offers superior traction and maneuverability, so make sure you continually place yourself in the driest section of the lane. If you can force yourself to slow down and be relaxed, you will find that rain riding (and even touring) can teach you how to be a better and more confident rider. City riding in stormy weather is by far the most nerve-racking, but just because the clouds roll in doesn't mean you can't ride almost every day. Remembering a few pointers can make riding in the rain easier and safer than you think. And besides, who wants to garage their motorcycle for five months out of the year?





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Good post, Moe. Absolutely no reason not to be able to have fun riding in the rain.

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good stuff in there for new or experienced riders

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Maybe its just me, but i love riding in the rain.

Another thing to keep in mind; Road stripes (either yellow lines or the white/yellow ones at crosswalks) are also very slippery when wet. I always keep off the throttle when going over those, because I almost always lose traction otherwise.
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Great thread Moe.

I've had my fair share of riding in the rain (and thunderstorms) here in Sunny Florida. Its not that bad really, as long as you don't mind getting wet.

The first bad one that I rode in the rain was on the way to work. I had helmet, jacket, gloves, work pants and shoes. I got caught in a thunderstorm and traffic at the same time, flood about 2inches on the road and I kept going. Got to work and i was soaked down to my underwear, socks, and had water in my shoes!!!

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Riding in rain is fun. It also teaches you throttle control and better scanning of the conditions. Though I ride slow when it rains, It is still fun and engaging.

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Thanks Moeman. How do you suggest riding through pools of water? A lot of times the roads wheres were I live get flooded and if on the highway there is no turning around or any way of avoiding riding trough a few inches of water. Common sense says to go through slowly, but is there any other suggestions?

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Thanks Moeman. How do you suggest riding through pools of water? A lot of times the roads wheres were I live get flooded and if on the highway there is no turning around or any way of avoiding riding trough a few inches of water. Common sense says to go through slowly, but is there any other suggestions?
I would suggest avoiding them as much as possible, because puddles frequently camoulage sizable pot holes underneath them. Just look far ahead, and you will have pleanty time to adjust your line of travel to avoid such obstacles.

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i've been caught in the rain both on the highway and around the city and these are great tips. if i could add one more it would be to follow the tire tracks of the vehicle in front of you. you get misted if you're too close, but it helps prevent hydroplaning... and i agree it's fun in the rain!

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great tips especially since i'll be riding in the rain tommorow.
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Did some rain riding today on my BT-003's... not the best tire for rain but damn do you learn a lot like that. Practiced controlled sliding and felt what it's like to have solid tire on standing water (they have an almost tread free side wall). But the most fun was hammering on the throttle and really seeing how much grip you have in the wet. Really surprised me how well the tires hooked up, even though there wasn't much heat in them.

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Don't lie... it doesnt rain in Socal....
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that is a good write up on riding in the rain. i live in md and ride year round, rain sleet and yes i have riddin my 08 in the snow(you get a lot of funny looks when you rock a sports bike in 5 inches of snow). i am one of tow that will ride in the rain in my crew and i feel that riding in all the elements has made me a much better and more aware rider in better conditions. i think everyone needs to get out and get wet on their bikes. what happens if your on a road trip and hit some rain? you wont see me sitting under a bridge unless is a down pour.
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My bike is my only mode of transportation so not riding in the rain isn't an option. Good thing it doesn't snow where I live.

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When I had my last bike, it was my only mode of transport between school and 2 jobs.
Granted, I live in Socal, so it was pretty seldom that it rained.

I never really minded too much (save for one time: it was midnight, raining, and my clutch cable snapped )

I agree Moe, riding in the rain was always a good time.
Wayyy better than the more common windstorms; those things were really risky.

The nice thing about the rain is, like you say, you just need to utilize a different skill set, and you (mostly) know what to brace for.

Not like that unpredictable bloody wind; blowing me across lanes and whatnot.

thanks for bringing up the good memories, and great writeup
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Rain scares me just because the only time I ever road it was only like the 4th time I was on the road, and the guy that I was following said "I'll take it easy, well just head straight back home." This fool was cruising at 80 down the highway the entire way and I had the shittiest helmet in the world and could barely see anything.

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I don't mind riding in the rain, weather blows in pretty fast up here. Any tips for keeping the visor on my helmet clear?
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I don't mind riding in the rain, weather blows in pretty fast up here. Any tips for keeping the visor on my helmet clear?
wipe it with ur gloves lol thats what i did wen i 1st got my bike had to ride 2 hours bac home in the rain it was my 1st time
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i was worried because my first ride in rain was on new tires, but after a few more rides when it was wet its not bad.. stop early and easy throttle.. dont push it and its not a big deal
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rain = fun (if smaart)
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Just can't seem to get comfortable in the rain; my first spill ever was on a rainy track so it's stuck with me ever since. I'm just nervous about having to make evasive maneuvers on wet pavement when it's tough enough doing it when its dry.
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no thank you, im not messing with the rain
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wettest summer Friggin Ever here ( OK Almost ever)
ya know it takes a good leather jacket two days to dry out !!
& if you dont "oil / butter " it up it cracks while drying

I'll rain ride cause we usually have snow on the ground ..
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the rain to me is the best time to ride. Temp is down. Stupid people dont ask for stand ups. People dont wanna talk to you at stops. For me its like no one gives a s*** that your on a bike in the rain. I always ride in rain unless their is a lot of wind. Wind and rain together make me a bit of a chicken S***

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I ride in the rain and thunderstorms all the time. Obviously not by choice but I enjoy it and find it to be no problem. However the one thing I really hate is when my visor gets fogged up from the inside. then I have to open it up to get the fog to go away and I get a face full of rain . on top of that when you close the visor back down now you have water drops on the inside part of the visor.


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Thanks moeman , that would be helpfully
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does riding in the rain mess with your helmet at all?
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does riding in the rain mess with your helmet at all?
Not unless your helmet is made out of a paper bag.

The more wet weather riding you do the better you get at it. The first year that I moved to Vancouver, I rode all year round. It rains here everyday from November to February (no joke).

After that, I didn't have any issues riding in the rain except for the fact that the clothing you have to wear is a lot more restrictive and your bike gets dirty as hell.
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