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Old 02-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #41
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I tend to avoid riding in the rain, mainly because it's a pain in the to clean the bike afterwards. Today on the other hand, I had a 9am appointment to get my Goldwing in the shop. So I was out there when it was pouring down raining this morning. Here are my tips.
  • Wear a rain suit. Even during the heat of the summer, you combine wet clothes with the wind, you're going to get cold.
  • Visibility - You think cagers have a tough time seeing us on a nice sunny day. Throw some rain into the mix and you're really invisible. So do things to make yourself more visible. Clothing, lighting, tapping brake lights, etc.
  • Slow and steady - Just like in a car, you don't want to make sudden movements. Hard braking, hard acceleration, fast lane changes, etc.
  • Turn into the direction of the skid - Just like in a cage, if you go into a skid, let off the gas, don't touch the brake, pull in the clutch, turn into the direction of the skid. This one came in handy today. On my way home, when I got back to my neighborhood, Goldwing went into a skid when I made a turn.
  • Keep your distance - Just like a cage, takes more distance to stop when the roads are wet.
  • Avoid freshly wet roads - If the roads been dry all day and it just started raining, kick back for 20 - 30 minutes before you get on the road. When it first starts to rain, that's going to bring all the oils to the surface of the road, making for a dangerous situation. Waiting for just a short time, you can avoid the oily roads.
  • RainX - Keep a couple of RainX wipes in your jacket pocket. If it's raining, wipe down your visor with the wipe, it will increase your visibility tremendously.
  • Properly inflated tires - If your tires are over inflated, you're going to have less traction in the rain.
  • Confidence - If you're not confident riding in the rain, DON'T DO IT!!!
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:54 PM   #43
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I tend to avoid riding in the rain, mainly because it's a pain in the to clean the bike afterwards. Today on the other hand, I had a 9am appointment to get my Goldwing in the shop. So I was out there when it was pouring down raining this morning. Here are my tips.
  • Wear a rain suit. Even during the heat of the summer, you combine wet clothes with the wind, you're going to get cold.
  • Visibility - You think cagers have a tough time seeing us on a nice sunny day. Throw some rain into the mix and you're really invisible. So do things to make yourself more visible. Clothing, lighting, tapping brake lights, etc.
  • Slow and steady - Just like in a car, you don't want to make sudden movements. Hard braking, hard acceleration, fast lane changes, etc.
  • Turn into the direction of the skid - Just like in a cage, if you go into a skid, let off the gas, don't touch the brake, pull in the clutch, turn into the direction of the skid. This one came in handy today. On my way home, when I got back to my neighborhood, Goldwing went into a skid when I made a turn.
  • Keep your distance - Just like a cage, takes more distance to stop when the roads are wet.
  • Avoid freshly wet roads - If the roads been dry all day and it just started raining, kick back for 20 - 30 minutes before you get on the road. When it first starts to rain, that's going to bring all the oils to the surface of the road, making for a dangerous situation. Waiting for just a short time, you can avoid the oily roads.
  • RainX - Keep a couple of RainX wipes in your jacket pocket. If it's raining, wipe down your visor with the wipe, it will increase your visibility tremendously.
  • Properly inflated tires - If your tires are over inflated, you're going to have less traction in the rain.
  • Confidence - If you're not confident riding in the rain, DON'T DO IT!!!
I welcome the rain in the hot august traffic.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #44
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Ride as fast as you can to create an impenetrable wind barrier around you, thus keeping you dry.
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Lmao! So about 100 mph? Haha
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I tend to avoid riding in the rain, mainly because it's a pain in the to clean the bike afterwards. Today on the other hand, I had a 9am appointment to get my Goldwing in the shop. So I was out there when it was pouring down raining this morning. Here are my tips.
  • Wear a rain suit. Even during the heat of the summer, you combine wet clothes with the wind, you're going to get cold.
  • Visibility - You think cagers have a tough time seeing us on a nice sunny day. Throw some rain into the mix and you're really invisible. So do things to yourself more visible. Clothing, lighting, tapping brake lights, etc.
  • Slow and steady - Just like in a car, you don't want to make sudden movements. Hard braking, hard acceleration, fast lane changes, etc.
  • Turn into the direction of the skid - Just like in a cage, if you go into a skid, let off the gas, don't touch the brake, pull in the clutch, turn into the direction of the skid. This one came in handy today. On my way home, when I got back to my neighborhood, Goldwing went into a skid when I made a turn.
  • Keep your distance - Just like a cage, takes more distance to stop when the roads are wet.
  • Avoid freshly wet roads - If the roads been dry all day and it just started raining, kick back for 20 - 30 minutes before you get on the road. When it first starts to rain, that's going to bring all the oils to the surface of the road, making for a dangerous situation. Waiting for just a short time, you can avoid the oily roads.
  • RainX - Keep a couple of RainX wipes in your jacket pocket. If it's raining, wipe down your visor with the wipe, it will increase your visibility tremendously.
  • Properly inflated tires - If your tires are over inflated, you're going to have less traction in the rain.
  • Confidence - If you're not confident riding in the rain, DON'T DO IT!!!
^^^ this is very good
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #47
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I tend to avoid riding in the rain, mainly because it's a pain in the to clean the bike afterwards. Today on the other hand, I had a 9am appointment to get my Goldwing in the shop. So I was out there when it was pouring down raining this morning. Here are my tips.
  • Wear a rain suit. Even during the heat of the summer, you combine wet clothes with the wind, you're going to get cold.
  • Visibility - You think cagers have a tough time seeing us on a nice sunny day. Throw some rain into the mix and you're really invisible. So do things to make yourself more visible. Clothing, lighting, tapping brake lights, etc.
  • Slow and steady - Just like in a car, you don't want to make sudden movements. Hard braking, hard acceleration, fast lane changes, etc.
  • Turn into the direction of the skid - Just like in a cage, if you go into a skid, let off the gas, don't touch the brake, pull in the clutch, turn into the direction of the skid. This one came in handy today. On my way home, when I got back to my neighborhood, Goldwing went into a skid when I made a turn.
  • Keep your distance - Just like a cage, takes more distance to stop when the roads are wet.
  • Avoid freshly wet roads - If the roads been dry all day and it just started raining, kick back for 20 - 30 minutes before you get on the road. When it first starts to rain, that's going to bring all the oils to the surface of the road, making for a dangerous situation. Waiting for just a short time, you can avoid the oily roads.
  • RainX - Keep a couple of RainX wipes in your jacket pocket. If it's raining, wipe down your visor with the wipe, it will increase your visibility tremendously.
  • Properly inflated tires - If your tires are over inflated, you're going to have less traction in the rain.
  • Confidence - If you're not confident riding in the rain, DON'T DO IT!!!
good tips.

The only thing I'd say is when my rear steps out I find that keeping the throttle where it's at helps bring it back smooth where as cutting the throttle can feel like I'm going to highside.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:16 PM   #48
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90% of riding in the rain is mental...

Common sense awareness of increased stopping and following distances, as well as slicker paint and where the grease spots are.

Of course if your tires are bald it doesn't apply, but your bike has much more grip than you would think.

You should also be practicing being smooth on the controls ALL the time, not just when it's wet.

Rain doesn't bother me... it's a blast on the twisties either way.
We use to race in the rain, I did some dumb riding years back and you wouldn't believe how much grip you have in the rain unless it hasn't rained in awhile and it just started raining then it's real slick
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