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Old 03-14-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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such a beautiful day today!

The clouds are in, the sky is gray, and the earth is wet. Its not a BAD day for a ride, its a PErfectday to ride. Hone those wet weather skillz (especially if you have NONE)

You don't have to ride the streets, just find a quiet parking lot to test some braking, conering, and right wrist blips. If my bike was together (about 1/3 there) I would have called out today. Rain isn't so bad, when you know what to do, and how to do it, between you and the machine.


I want to hear from you newbs,(and maybe some of you street "oldies" on what you learned today!. Set up a few cones, and some friends, there is always something to learn with riding.
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i learned not to ride in the stupid rain, between getting soaked, cold, sick, dealing with the wind and the idiots in the cars.. the rain and wet road was the least of my worries.
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i learned not to ride in the stupid rain, between getting soaked, cold, sick, dealing with the wind and the idiots in the cars.. the rain and wet road was the least of my worries.

this dude has a point. I'm lucky enough that bikes are a hobby to me, and not legitimate transportation. I can choose to not ride when the weather is inclement.
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couldn't agree more with above! and on those rare occasions where you're taken off guard and get hit with random rain showers on the bike....i chill under a gas station and contemplate what's the meaning of life!!!
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i chill under a gas station and contemplate what's the meaning of life!!!
that sounds like a euphemism for .
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^ haha on the bike...hmmmm never thought about that. might be pretty intense with the rumble and vibrartion . looks like i got something to do today!
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So far it looks like...

Responder 1 -> improper gear for bad weather.

Responder 2 -> chooses to not believe he will be caught in bad weather.

Responder 3 -> wants to wants penile euphoria at gas station, while wondering the meaning of life.. (which by the way, the answer you seek is the number "42"...Douglas Adams knows.)


Not the start I was thinking. :P
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So far it looks like...

Responder 1 -> improper gear for bad weather.

Responder 2 -> chooses to not believe he will be caught in bad weather.

Responder 3 -> wants to wants penile euphoria at gas station, while wondering the meaning of life.. (which by the way, the answer you seek is the number "42"...Douglas Adams knows.)


Not the start I was thinking. :P
Responder 2 does 99.99999999% of his riding on the track, and therefore won't get caught in bad weather. However, responder 2 has done a wet trackday. Well, half of one. It was called at lunch for lightning.
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Responder 1 earned his bones and used a bike instead of a car for 8 months - figured out that bad drivers become worse in the rain and suddenly it wasn't "cool" to ride in the rain regardless of how shiny the gear is and how special you think it makes you.

the wind is worse than the rain. its easy enough to just ignore the rain and use caution on the slippery road, anybody can handle it... but high winds will kick your every time. just take the car.
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Valid points

So baylorninja....so how's the spankbank gastank donation goin? Report in..
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For my local weekend rides I choose not to head out if its wet. If I get caught out.. eh, no biggie.

No such thing as rain, it's liquid sunshine!

I've ridden in rain and snow, hail, sleet. Proper gear and attitude go a long way. If you are wet, cold and tense... well duh! Of course it ain't no fun.

I carry a set of Frog Toggs (thanks again Ed!) on my long trips. Light and breathable, but water proof. See Academy Sports.

Main things about riding in rain is be real careful for first 15 or so after it starts, as all the oil comes up. Stay in the wheel tracks, not the center.

Current tires have plenty of grip, you can still run a good pace on wet roads. Try to keep the bike more upright, be smooth, avoid snappy inputs on the brakes and throttle. Really all the same things a good rider strives to do on the dry.

A good pair of street gloves have a wiper portion on the side of one of the fingers. for the visor. You can just turn your head side to side at speed to wick the water off. Rain-X isn't a bad idea for a daily commuter, and anti-fog on the inside..the brands the dive shops carry are cheap and very effective.

If you know you are headed out in the rain, a cheap pair of latex dish washing gloves under your MC gloves go a long way.. warm and dry is the key.
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I like the frog togs. Real good job, for such a nice price. I had a set larger than what I would actually wear. This way I could layer on clothing underneath (and jacket/s) if needed, and I wouldn't feel encapsulated to where it has hard to move.


The rain also improved my memory.....cause I immediately learned (and retained) how many steel plates the city of houston used to cover potholes :/
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Sorry about the title. that was for another thread.. Anyway was on i-10 when the rain it. At least traffic was moving slow but I was happy I was in a cage. The water must have been almost 1/2 inch on the road.

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I only ride in the rain if there is no other option. I do not care for the radioactive spray cars exude, and the sand/grit left behind after the spray evaporates.
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So baylorninja....so how's the spankbank gastank donation goin? Report in..
haha haven't left the house all day. off for spg. break. i'll leave it to ur imagination if i've participated in any "special alone time celebrations"
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On that note, on rain days, I actually prefer the bike over a car. Not only is it a "single line" of tires through the wet streets, the tire shape makes it harder to hydroplane, like a car, when hitting the h2o. The other thing is there is no pull to the right when hitting puddles. (And the sudden deceleration, when going through deeper patches, like a car.)
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