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Old 10-12-2011, 09:04 AM   #41
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:56 AM   #42
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dunno about others, but a monsoon downpour drowned the wifes 636.. but didn't affect my 12R. Coming back from Deals Gap we got slammed with the bikes on the trailer. Once we got home hers didn't want to start or run worth a .

Either water in the fuel tank somehow, the intake, or the plugs.
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ok its fun to crack a joke now and then...but this is getting rediculous. all these newbs want to act like they have experience so they give a sarcastic troll answer...it defeats the whole point of new riders asking legitimate questions...

like i said, its fun to crack a joke, but in the thread it should apparant what the (few) jokes are, and what the real answers are...and to most new riders its probably very unclear. sorry to be a racer x but people could really get hurt or have problems.

to all the people that say its fine, that is not 100% true. water + metal = rust. water + wires = short circuits.

MOST bikes can sit out in a light rain and be fine, at least for the short term. as said in other posts...some bikes dont like having a soaked ignition or speedometer. giving your chain a good clean and lube after a rain is a great idea. water can wreak havoc on homemade jurry rigged wiring and in some cases even poor quality factory wiring (:cough: kawasucki :cough

Rain CAN affect your air intake. it may not happen on all bikes, it really depends how the scoops and airbox are designed, and the engines tolerance for humidity. my old Gs 500 could handle riding in a decent rain for a while, but a real torrential downpour would cause sputtering and eventually stop running until the rain stopped and the air got a little dryer. that bike could sit parked in a damned monsoon as long as it wasnt running and it would start up like a beast right after.

any bike with airpods instead of an airbox can have this same type of problem, like my friends modded 88 gsxr 750 or my 79 xs1100 that i have modded with airpods. same deal. been stuck on both of those bikes in rain. loss of some HP, sputtering, poor running, etc...this would clear up as soon as the weather did. its a good idea to make sure water is not allowed to build up inside your bike. do not ride your bike in the rain and then put it up and forget about for days/weeks. be sure to run that engine so water is evaporated/blown out. ive seen rusted up cylinders/pistons/rings that are truly disgusting and wretched to look at (this seems to happen more with ATV's)

a bike that is regularly ridden or left out in rain may also develop all kinds of rust on the frame, brackets, nut, bolts, rotors, calipers, forks, etc...electrical connections can rust as well over time. a good clean and polish and maybe wax of your bike now and then will go a long way if you must expose your bike to frequent rain. there are some high quality covers out there. get the heaviest one you can find.

stay safe if you must ride in the rain. give yourself extra stopping distance, and remember idiot cagers drive worse in the rain also. DONT ride during the first 10-15 minutes of a storm if you can avoid it. during this time the oils and dirt are lifted up and make the road extra slippery. 15-20 minutes into the rain most of this is washed away.

peace out girl scouts.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:50 PM   #44
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If my bike is outside in a heavy rain, it will throw the check engine light for the ex-up valve. But....it's a Triumph.
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ok its fun to crack a joke now and then...but this is getting rediculous. all these newbs want to act like they have experience so they give a sarcastic troll answer...it defeats the whole point of new riders asking legitimate questions...

like i said, its fun to crack a joke, but in the thread it should apparant what the (few) jokes are, and what the real answers are...and to most new riders its probably very unclear. sorry to be a racer x but people could really get hurt or have problems.

to all the people that say its fine, that is not 100% true. water + metal = rust. water + wires = short circuits.

MOST bikes can sit out in a light rain and be fine, at least for the short term. as said in other posts...some bikes dont like having a soaked ignition or speedometer. giving your chain a good clean and lube after a rain is a great idea. water can wreak havoc on homemade jurry rigged wiring and in some cases even poor quality factory wiring (:cough: kawasucki :cough

Rain CAN affect your air intake. it may not happen on all bikes, it really depends how the scoops and airbox are designed, and the engines tolerance for humidity. my old Gs 500 could handle riding in a decent rain for a while, but a real torrential downpour would cause sputtering and eventually stop running until the rain stopped and the air got a little dryer. that bike could sit parked in a damned monsoon as long as it wasnt running and it would start up like a beast right after.

any bike with airpods instead of an airbox can have this same type of problem, like my friends modded 88 gsxr 750 or my 79 xs1100 that i have modded with airpods. same deal. been stuck on both of those bikes in rain. loss of some HP, sputtering, poor running, etc...this would clear up as soon as the weather did. its a good idea to make sure water is not allowed to build up inside your bike. do not ride your bike in the rain and then put it up and forget about for days/weeks. be sure to run that engine so water is evaporated/blown out. ive seen rusted up cylinders/pistons/rings that are truly disgusting and wretched to look at (this seems to happen more with ATV's)

a bike that is regularly ridden or left out in rain may also develop all kinds of rust on the frame, brackets, nut, bolts, rotors, calipers, forks, etc...electrical connections can rust as well over time. a good clean and polish and maybe wax of your bike now and then will go a long way if you must expose your bike to frequent rain. there are some high quality covers out there. get the heaviest one you can find.

stay safe if you must ride in the rain. give yourself extra stopping distance, and remember idiot cagers drive worse in the rain also. DONT ride during the first 10-15 minutes of a storm if you can avoid it. during this time the oils and dirt are lifted up and make the road extra slippery. 15-20 minutes into the rain most of this is washed away.

peace out girl scouts.
What you say is true factoring in all possible bikes. However, most modern sportbikes have scant little ferous metal to rust outside of brake rotors, and chain links, though.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:53 PM   #46
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:41 PM   #47
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I rode today from Lake Jackson to UofH after spending the weekend at my parents house. Was pouring rain the whole way. The only thing that happened was that I was in desperate need of a hot shower and had to hang up my riding gear to dry.

I have to say that the rain was quite useful in washing off the salt and sand from being at the beach yesterday.

How can rain harm my bike?
I knew I've seen this bike before, always outside of the Chinese place across from the lofts at UofH!
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #48
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The rain wil soak into your seat and take a few days to dry out. Everytime you sit on it you end up looking like you your pants.
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