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Old 12-06-2009, 08:53 PM   #21
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Also don't underestimate the cold on your hands. You think you can handle it, you think you can handle it.. (yes you can, it doesn't hurt or bother you much) but after 1hr of forgetting about the cold in your hands when you need to brake, you can't squeeze it because your hands are now numb. Keep checking your bother functions to make sure they're all good.

Another note is that during wet weather, you generally have more traction than you normally THINK you had (because it's wet..) So if you're in a turn and want to turn the bike up because you think "it's wet.." still commit to the turn.

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When you're passing a car, use your left turn signal to increase visibility.
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well if silent636 says anything..... he just "borrow" a 01 gixxer to go see how it handled in the rain.... lets just say the tire is sticky now! lol.... but it was karma for the owner of the gixxer haha!
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You'll be fine, just don't ride as fast as you would on dry ground especially on turns.. And be a little more cautious.
yea some of those turns get pretty slippery from all the oils, atleast most of the right turns coming out of a light.
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Dude ride in the rain it is a great experience because there will be a day where you wont have a choice. Just be smooth with the throttle and brakes and be aware of your sorroundings. Also, if it is just sprinkling wait for the road to get good and wet so that the oil wont be sitting right on top of the road.
Good advice.

But if you have other modes of transport, take that instead. Very little use in taking risks when not necessary!
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well if silent636 says anything..... he just "borrow" a 01 gixxer to go see how it handled in the rain.... lets just say the tire is sticky now! lol.... but it was karma for the owner of the gixxer haha!
hehe poor 6hondo
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you need to experience rain riding because if you dont and get caught in some bad weather one day the out come may not be great. When applying your brakes use the front 90% of the time. If you use the rear brakes the end will slide out from under you faster that you can blink.
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you need to experience rain riding because if you dont and get caught in some bad weather one day the out come may not be great. When applying your brakes use the front 90% of the time. If you use the rear brakes the end will slide out from under you faster that you can blink.
i'll disagree..........normally in dry, you use 75-80%+ ft brake, when riding in the rain IMO it's a more 50-50 bias.

give yourself more room to stop. and easy on all the controls.
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Remember when stoping at intersections, the center is where all the drips off the cars and trucks, so stay in the wheel tracks.

Riding in the rain is fun.. just have to get over the initial newness and enjoy it like everything else.

Try riding 75 miles in the snow on a Seca 550 to get home for REAL fun!
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Personally, I enjoy riding in the rain...it's a more visceral feeling and a learning experience to be had Washes my leather jacket and boots too lol.

I always put on my high beam and hazzards when I am riding in a downpour.

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I dont like being soaking wet and then my gear smelling like
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Generally riding in the rain sucks, but is something that needs to be learned. Braking should be more evenly biased front and rear than in the dry. Worth sitting back in the saddle to weight the rear a bit also.

There's different kinds of wet riding. A light rain shower that just dampens the streets is the worst as oil and antifreeze isn't washed away. (I sat at a left turn light in the Med Center once and while holding the front brake on, let the clutch out slowly without feeding in any throttle. The Z1 sat with the rear tire slowly spinning at normal idle speed!)

A good hard rain is the easiest, but harder to be noticed by other drivers. Street flooding is no fun as you'll hit every pot hole you usually miss.

All in all keep yourself spaced away from the other vehicles, stay out of road spray (really dirty water) and stay smooth. The Botts Dots as mentioned earlier are really slippery, startling, but calmness prevails.

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With the weather, i thought this was worth a BUMP! i knew there was a slight chance of rain today, but OPPS total downpour down town. i'm not heading out till after 2:30 hopefully most of the rain has passed.

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:25 AM   #34
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Riding in the rain is fun.. just have to get over the initial newness and enjoy it like everything else.

Try riding 75 miles in the snow on a Seca 550 to get home for REAL fun!
The right tires make a big difference too. I rode plenty of times in the rain. After the first few times, you get used to it like anything else.
Commuting 50 miles a day from Central Jersey to NYC, I had plenty of experience riding in snow conditions. So I'll have to disagree with you there, because that's not so much fun!
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yea some of those turns get pretty slippery from all the oils, atleast most of the right turns coming out of a light.
Yeah, I come to a near complete stop on 90 degree right turns at a light, can't see bumps/potholes like you normally would either. Hitting a bump causing the rear to bounce up then land on an oily spot and you're going down. I think I find it a little less nerve wracking to be on the freeway when it's raining than when it's not, since people will start to consciously notice you, the motorcycle riding in the rain.
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What everyone has said and be warry of the slick pavement in gas station parking lots when wet, intersections will be way more slippery and mind the "bots" on the
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Your not "truly" wet till the water rolls down your back then into your crack....

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you'll see a point when you hit the front brakes that the tire will lock up and slide a wee bit. this is how i first dumped my bike. wet riding conditions and didnt even make it out of the parking lot too funny.
I used to be so cocky on the bike back in college (20+ years ago). I was a typical squid, you could say. Many times while leaving the parking lot in front of the Architecture School (UH), I would peel out towards the exit, then take off fast. I especially loved when the pavement was wet, although I'd be a bit more careful to maintain balance, with my legs out like outriggers. After a few too many times doing this, I thought I was good at it. Then one wet day, I went about doing the usual. I spun the rear tire for a good length towards the exit, when a car pulled in Needless to say, the front easily locked and slipped, and down hard I went.

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