15 years of riding dirt bikes in southern California & the deserts of Nevada, to the mountains in Utah prior to moving to the street gave me all the "oh ****" subconscious response ability I need for those types of situations. I can't even count how many times that has saved my skin (or rather, my fairings). I'm definitely not saying that dirt bikes has prepared me for street riding, but it has definitely given me an edge for the oh **** situations where most people would just drop/lay down their bike, or slam into a curb, etc...Riding in the rain can be a great experience and will make you a better rider ... it has made me a lot better rider than my friends who won't ride in the rain. It teaches you how to control the bike when you have less traction. You will be able to take those skills to the dry when your really pushing the bike and your on the edge of control.
Sound like most Harley Riders I've met...lol. And I understand why because all of that chrome is a pain in the [email protected]# to clean.I don't ride in the rain simply because water never touches my bike. Ever. With the exception of rinsing the wheel cleaner off of my wheels every few weeks when I clean them. QuikDetail and whichever wax I feel like using at the moment are the only things I use to clean my bike (not including brake/contact cleaner, chain cleaner, simple green etc...). Proof of my results can be seen by clicking the (1) next to Images below my post count. That is my previous 1995 Kawi EX250 that is cleaner than most 07s I've seen. No one ever believes it's a '95. (Picture was taken about a month ago). My bike(s) are my babies, and I do my best to take damn good care of them. Can they be ridden in the rain? Sure. But I learned of the waterless cleaning method from a guy that owns an authentic Shelby Cobra. Yes, the million dollar version.
I shouldn't have to bother with the practical aspects of driving in a car while raining. But here are some:
-Oh look, I'm bone dry when I arrive at my destination! Someone said they have a rain suit. Brilliant! Where do you heap that soaking mess when you get to your destination?
-Cagers are blind enough to motorcyclists during broad daylight as it is. Not to mention many don't even know how to drive in the rain (ESPECIALLY in southern california where I live). Riding a motorcycle is dangerous enough, why go out of your way to risk your well being even further? A lot of the responses here just seem like you guys are trying to act macho instead of acting smart. If a motorcycle is your only means of transportation, then I feel for you. But if you are lucky enough to have an alternate means of transportation to use in the rain, and you think you're too cool not to use it, then I have this icon for you :retard:
:+1:^ or maybe some people just like riding more than you do. idk