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Old 11-17-2010, 10:59 PM   #21
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:19 PM   #22
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I just ride. Different speeds for different corners, a lot depends on my mood. I don't want to find the limit seeing that new plastics for my bike are higher than giraff and hard to find.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:06 AM   #23
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Riding ability is more important than speed. There is a 90 degree turn by thr house that is yield to turn I hardly ever slow below 35. but I know the corner and widen it out to a sweeper. and if the end kicks out I dont freak hit the brakes or some dumb like that. some tires dont like the rain and when they break loose thats it your down. I personaly like it dry ,or all wet I hate that drizzle . nothing worse than oil and greasey water.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:44 AM   #24
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Sorry I have nothing good to contribute but...

When I first got my sports bike (coming from a cruiser), about a week later I didnt check the weather for the next day (I work nights). Rode to work and when I got off in the morning it was a pretty good downpour. Wasn't supposed to let up for the rest of the day so I couldn't sit it out. I still had the original tires on the bike at the time. I headed out and immediately started slipping in corners, coming to a stop and, unfortunately, also lost traction slowing down on a freeway on ramp for traffic. It's daylight when I get in to work AND when I get off work so I had my smoke visor on. It was very overcast and visibility wasn't great.

It was also very cold. I was completely freaked out, exited and stopped at a McDonalds for about 30 mins, soaking wet and freezing cold. I took the feeder all the way home.

Maybe just a mental thing now, but I refuse to ride in the rain.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:03 PM   #25
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I would be more worried about road surface then anything.. ashphalt is as most know waaay more slick then concrete. Best advice i could give is get into parking lot with somone else wanting to practice wet road riding, and get used to the rear tire getting a bit loose and not panic. I think the most dangerous thing about in the rain would be if you panic when the rear gets a bit loose and make the situation way worse then it was to begin with. Get comforable riding in a parking lot getting the bike loose and you will be way more confident riding in the rain... I ride basically the same wet or dry just a bit more concious of others and slightly easier on the brakes when its wet or when on ashphalt. You would be suprised how well tires stick in the wet as long as you do not jolt them too much getting on throttle or brakes....... Just takes practice
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #26
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I always slow it down on wet roads. I never push the limit to find out how fast is too fast.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:24 AM   #27
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I rode back from New Braunfels with a freind in a DOWN POUR.........the whole way on backroads on my Busa. Not a bit of a problem, just had to concentrate and be smooth..........we did stop at a car wash to smoke a cig, and they had to mop the floor in Faytteville several times.
Most of us live in SE Texas.......your gonna get caught in the rain.......slow down and and be smooth.........dragging knee is probably NOT gonna happen except in the worst case. That will probably be TOO fast.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:14 AM   #28
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I heard that if you eat in the rain on wet streets, the road rash and crash is not as bad as in dry weather.
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:58 PM   #29
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Stay relaxed and smooth with your movements, and you will be fine. I have ridden I10 in a torrential downpour (2-3" of water flowing across the road) with no problems. I did catch myself admiring the wake from my front tire a few times.

I have done 120ish on wet (not raining) roads with no hint of any instability. I know, flame away.

, my bikes did better in the rain than my cobra. Those 295s would just float.
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its to fast ifn' you crashed, at that point try and back it off a notch next time.
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its to fast ifn' you crashed, at that point try and back it off a notch next time.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:38 AM   #33
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conditions dictate...... conditions will never be exactly the same, you gotta be able to recognize that and adapt as they change.... I never ride as hard in the rain or for that matter drive as hard in it...
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You don't even have to be moving to drop your bike. A kid on a Busa put his foot down on a painted arrow at PP1. The pavement was covered with dew and down he went.
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You don't even have to be moving to drop your bike. A kid on a Busa put his foot down on a painted arrow at PP1. The pavement was covered with dew and down he went.
that had to suck.. but back to riding in the rain.. a good set of a tires will channel the water threw and rain will not be a huge problem.
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The formula for speed is. Outside temp + tire temp. Divide by how many tires your bike has. +
degree of corner. Give or take 1-100mph
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Like everyone has said, too many variables.

Biggest thing to remember is BE SMOOTH. No sudden brake or throttle input because once a tire breaks loose in the wet, its hard to bring back.

I was at an autocross in the Mustang @ the HPD track. My first run was in the dry and before I completed second and third runs, a torrential downpour came through. I really had to smooth out my driving, but I was actually faster in the wet by my t hird and final run. I can't attribute it all to driving smoother though, as I had a better feel for the track by the third run.
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Stay relaxed and smooth with your movements, and you will be fine. I have ridden I10 in a torrential downpour (2-3" of water flowing across the road) with no problems. I did catch myself admiring the wake from my front tire a few times.

I have done 120ish on wet (not raining) roads with no hint of any instability. I know, flame away.

, my bikes did better in the rain than my cobra. Those 295s would just float.
110 mph in 2-3 inches DEEP of water?? LOL! Sorry - that's too much.. you were probably riding in 1/2 max of water, which would still cause a wake and lots of splashing.

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Otherwise - bikes can handle lots of traction on wet road - just look at the racers in the rain! But asphalt... on public roads.... scary in turns. Asphalt is petroleum based - it would scare me to not be very careful.

Also, professionals not only have sweeter gear, but are much more adept at throttle and brake control. Those are what will getcha. the bike can handle it, but the rider usually can't (in the corners). I know my throttle is a bit off of smooth accelerating out of corners. Heck, if you hit a wet tar-strip on asphalt, you're going down. even in the dry those can be catastrophic.

The question is - are you ready for the repairs, or not? I'd err on the side of caution on 90* asphalt public road turns....
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The formula for speed is. Outside temp + tire temp. Divide by how many tires your bike has. +
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do you mean degree of inclination of the corner, or radius?
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You don't even have to be moving to drop your bike. A kid on a Busa put his foot down on a painted arrow at PP1. The pavement was covered with dew and down he went.
Good point, just walking to my car a few weeks ago in dress shoes and dress pants I slipped on a rock and ate it.

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