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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-25-2008, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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riding in the rain

i decided to chance riding to work today and its started raining. welp i'm not leaving my bike here so i have to ride home an hour in the rain. luckily its not too cold out but i'm sure its gonna suck nonetheless. Does anyone have any advice or is there anything i should be worried about since this is my first time riding in the rain. thanks.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-25-2008, 02:28 PM
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Others may have more, but watch your clutch and throttle. Controlling these two things will make for a smooher ride. Also, it seems like this weather is blowing over fast. I am at work in Northlake. It got dark, rained for 10 minutes, and the sun is out again.
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Others may have more, but watch your clutch and throttle. Controlling these two things will make for a smooher ride. Also, it seems like this weather is blowing over fast. I am at work in Northlake. It got dark, rained for 10 minutes, and the sun is out again.
yeah it looks like the rain has stopped for now but who knows whats going to happen in the next hour and half

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yeah, check the radar, it should only rain for 10 minutes

for riding in the rain just be smooth with everything, don't get aggresive with the throttle or brakes and you should be alright

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We got drizzled on in mchenry a few hrs ago, but now the sun is out.

You'll be fine I think. If not, get some rain gear.
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take your turns really slow. And give you enough time to stop because sometimes the road is slick. This will make you lock your wheels and go down with your bike. Parking lots are the worst because of the tar.

If you have a helmet, you need to crack the visor a bit. For me I have to play around with this because it will fog up really bad. Don't drive to close to cars because your going to get mist on your visor.
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Riding in the rain is fun! My personal style for this is as follows... Use the engine to do most of the braking. Don't give it throttle till you are facing the exit of any corner, and be gentle on it till you are straight up and down. Try to keep corners to one smooth motion with minimal lean angle - again DON'T give it throttle mid corner, try to use your entry speed to carry you through. Try to use a little more back brake than front brake - the front can wash out if your tires suck. At least double your follow distance and put on your high beams. Anyway... Riding in the rain is easy and can be a whole lot of fun. With a bit of practice you should be able to safely keep up with any other traffic on the road and not end up like those dumb asses cruising at 15mph in the right lane like sitting targets.
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awesome guys i'm leaving work now...hopefully i make it home alright. thanks for all the tips. my tires should hold up i got PP's. i'll update when i get home and let you guys know how it went.

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Avoid paint lines, manhole covers and the centre of the lanes especially at stop signs and lights.
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+1 on the paint lines. Last week in WI, I had the brakes applied hard, and it's force of habit to stop ON the white line. Good thing for abs. It kicked in right away and stopped just past the line. The painted reflective lines are like ice when wet. I imagine a non abs bike would just skid slightly and stop similarly?
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Maynard and I had about a good 100 miles in the rain this afternoon coming from Springfield.


Rain gear, less front brake, less throttle, and smile. It's easy, unless your feet get wet or your super cold.

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Rain riding is more an inconvenience than anything else. worst part is at night when the lights from oncoming traffic reflect off the droplets on your visor, can't see shit. I need some of those gloves with the wiper blaxde on them. I don't mind the rain if I'm properly equiped.

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Also, make sure when you stop at stop sign or traffic light watch out for the paint and the center. When wet the paint can be slippery as well as the oil slicked center of the lane.
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Rain riding is more an inconvenience than anything else. worst part is at night when the lights from oncoming traffic reflect off the droplets on your visor, can't see shit. I need some of those gloves with the wiper blaxde on them. I don't mind the rain if I'm properly equiped.
Rainx your sheild, then you just have to turn your head to clear the shield of rain

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Rainx your sheild, then you just have to turn your head to clear the shield of rain
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Works all the time, worked well in the down pour I got stuck in this afternoon.

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The first half hour of a rain is the worst, it takes a little while for crap to wash off. The other thing to remember is to really watch out after a quick rain when the road is just a bit damp that can actually be one of the most slippery times.
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i think everyone said but i'm gonna say it again, easy on your brakes and throttle
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Rain is fine. All mental. One of my favorite times railing was with me a Deuces in the rain. Frontage roads, it started to come down pretty good but it was a really warm day.

"you wanna keep going?"
"Why not? We're already wet!"

It was a a great time. Me and Dave railing fairly quick, soaking wet...all smiles

Use more rear brake, be smooth, avoid paint lines. It helps not to have bald tires too

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well... i wish you wouldda posted ur ok when you got home... cuz now its 3:30 and ...yea your not here, hope you didnt die












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rain aint to bad. i got stuck in a downpour last year comin home from AMA. almost 2 hours in the rain. like the others said watch the clutch and throttle. and them damn puddles!
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well... i wish you wouldda posted ur ok when you got home... cuz now its 3:30 and ...yea your not here, hope you didnt die












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I'm glad you care so much. sorry for not posting but i didn't actually have to ride in the rain. it was like 70 and sunny when i got off work so I figured it wasn't too necessary to post. i took the long way home and hit the few nice patches of road between work and home that i went to recently while on a ride (thanks rich) . I'm not gonna lie i was syked to ride in the rain yesterday and i almost brought the bike to work today as well but changed my mind cuz the t-storms are supposed to get pretty bad between now and 3. thanks for all the advice everyone.

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so thanks to all the great advice in this thread i was able to make it home alive after getting caught in a hurricane yesterday. at least thats what it felt like. i was riding home from near the amc on diehl rd yesterday about 12:15 and about 20 min from home the skies opend up and me and my buddy got soaked. luckily i was somewhat prepared for it and only had one pucker moment. i was about to go over some train tracks and all of a sudden the guy in front of me decided he needed to slam on the brakes. i had to slow down pretty rapidly and i hit the brakes up until the tracks but then when i went over i still slipped a little bit. wasn't too bad and i was actually expecting to slide a little bit going over them so i felt like i was in control. the rest of the trip i was actually suprised how easy it actually was to ride in the rain. i was going pretty slow and not trying to push my luck at all but at least now i have an idea of what its like.

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