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Old 02-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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I have seen posts with quotes like: "if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride". Fair enough, especially with a typical Houston weather year. This past season was abnormally dry, but maybe La Nina is gone? I grew up riding in SW Colorado: a dry, desert climate. Only once do I remember riding in rain, and I have pretty much avoided it here in Houston, so far.

I have a safety thread suggestion: pointers on how to safely ride in the rain, from the experienced local folks. I know visibility is reduced, braking takes more touch, corners can be dicier and those puddles can hide deep holes. What say you Moto Houston members? Care to put your thoughts down and help a noob?

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Old 02-03-2012, 08:29 AM   #2
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I ride in the rain. I suggest don't ride in it, especially if you're a noob. If u must, go really slow when u turn and stay in the middle of the lane where it's the dryest.
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Riding in the rain is fine if there are no cars around
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You nailed all the points. You just have to get out there and ride. Practice, practice, practice. It's a little unnerving at first, but once you learn the limits of your bike/tires/brakes - you will be comfortable.

Don't accelerate too hard when making slow left and right turns, or brake suddenly when making low speed turns. You will wash out faster than you know what happened.
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If u must, go really slow when u turn and stay in the middle of the lane where it's the dryest.
Actually, staying in the middle of the lane is the worst place depending on how heavy the rain is and how long it has been raining. If the rain is light, and just started recently, all the oils from cars are floated to the surface and can make it really slick. Not only that but there is more debris in the middle of the lane, if taking a curve or corner, the outside track of the lane is where a 4 wheel vehicle puts most of its weight, scrubbing the road surface.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #6
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Actually, staying in the middle of the lane is the worst place depending on how heavy the rain is and how long it has been raining. If the rain is light, and just started recently, all the oils from cars are floated to the surface and can make it really slick. Not only that but there is more debris in the middle of the lane, if taking a curve or corner, the outside track of the lane is where a 4 wheel vehicle puts most of its weight, scrubbing the road surface.
You are right, during intial rain fall it's real in the middle, but when the road starts drying out...it's always the middle that dry's out first. Guess I'm just used to the past few days of sprinkling...

To clarify....
raining hard...stay on the outside...
Little rain or end of storm...stay in the middle.
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I try to avoid riding in the rain if possible but these pilot power 2 ct do a pretty good job in it when I do happen to be.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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Just give yourself more cushion when coming to a stop and take it easier on the turns. I prefer to stay away from cars as much as possible because Houston drivers zone out even more when it starts raining. Don't forget to check your tire pressure.
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I ride in the rain. I suggest don't ride in it, especially if you're a noob. If u must, go really slow when u turn and stay in the middle of the lane where it's the dryest.
The middle of the lane where all the oil and slime is that falls from junk cars? ill pass on that suggestion
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Have a good rain-suit and ATGATT. Then what everyone else said.
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Go practice in a parking lost. Test accelerating braking an turning. Even try braking hard, just yesterday someone went from the left lane and turned right in front of me to get to the post office. I almost myself lol.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #15
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The middle of the lane where all the oil and slime is that falls from junk cars? ill pass on that suggestion
+1 and I think it is driest where the tires are and less water if the streets are wet.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #16
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The two tracks where the cars' tires travel is worn smooth, not as much grip there. While I agree with the concern about oil/grease in the center, the asphalt is rougher and gives more mechanical grip.

This'll depend on the age of the road surface, too. I've seen asphalt where there's contours to the lane - lower in the two ruts, and smoother. That's a double whammy - less mechanical grip and more standing water.

*If* I'm not penned in with cars on either side of me, I try to put my tires close to the side of the lane. Rougher asphalt, no grease/oil like in the center, and less standing water.

Basically, you have to be aware of those different hazards & sweet spots, and be flexible - continually adapt to the conditions & your surroundings.

Also, more rear brake and less front brake. A lot easier to recover from the rear stepping out on you than the front.

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I ride in the rain. I suggest don't ride in it, especially if you're a noob. If u must, go really slow when u turn and stay in the middle of the lane where it's the dryest.

he's talking about after rain when the roads start drying out; in areas with traffic and puddles, the tires will drag water into the left and right portions of the lanes, and the middle part will actually be dry. tires also wear depressions into roads after some time and they will collect water. you can tell what's dry and what's not because the concrete changes color when it dries.

in this picture, a storm has passed and the roads have started drying. you can distinctly see two areas in the right hand lane that are drying faster than others- the shoulder and the middle of the lane. it's after the storm so most of the oil should be gone anyway depending on the severity of the rain. when the roads start drying out, i ride in the middle too.


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+1 and I think it is driest where the tires are and less water if the streets are wet.
i've noticed that it's drier where the tires are sometimes, but i've also noticed the opposite on some roads. i think it depends on how smooth the road is and whether traffic has worn ruts in the concrete where the tires are.

smooth (newer) road = drying faster where the tires are

rutted (older) road = drying faster where the tires aren't (water pools in the ruts)
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pretty simple, if you have to ride in the rain, do it...
if not, don't...
the precautions you would use on a bike for riding in the rain are the same as you would in a cage (almost)... go smooth, do not do things that would require you to change direction or speed quickly...accelerate smoothly, brake smoothly...
do not do things that would require others to speed up or slow down to avoid you...
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...dass what I use my car for, wehn it rains...
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