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Old 12-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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Question rain riding...tips?

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I was out and about much of Saturday morning in Ft. Bend County. Somewhere past Rosenberg I hit some scattered rain...and I was wearing my mesh jacket, no liner, light summer gloves, and a t-shirt since it was plenty warm. The effect of the fairly large drops at 60 mph: cold needles. Evaporative cooling kicked in and I got cold, very fast. Moving out of the rain came a dry patch...then another rain area: this time medium intensity, but my visibility went to and I scrubbed speed on Hwy 90. A mistake: raising my Shoei full face shield--getting my glasses wet, and the helmet sucked in wetness.

My approach to wet riding: slow down, and be ultra-smooth. The V7R is great for these conditions with sticky tires, and very predictable throttle and brakes.

Sooner or later I am going to get caught in a situation requiring a fairly long ride back in rain. May I ask tips please? Our Houston climate has been pretty dry the past couple years. Often I avoid rain riding. What do the swamp riders have to say?

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I was out and about much of Saturday morning in Ft. Bend County. Somewhere past Rosenberg I hit some scattered rain...and I was wearing my mesh jacket, no liner, light summer gloves, and a t-shirt since it was plenty warm. The effect of the fairly large drops at 60 mph: cold needles. Evaporative cooling kicked in and I got cold, very fast. Moving out of the rain came a dry patch...then another rain area: this time medium intensity, but my visibility went to and I scrubbed speed on Hwy 90. A mistake: raising my Shoei full face shield--getting my glasses wet, and the helmet sucked in wetness.

My approach to wet riding: slow down, and be ultra-smooth. The V7R is great for these conditions with sticky tires, and very predictable throttle and brakes.

Sooner or later I am going to get caught in a situation requiring a fairly long ride back in rain. May I ask tips please? Our Houston climate has been pretty dry the past couple years. Often I avoid rain riding. What do the swamp riders have to say?

cheers
I think you got it down, being smooth is the key, now with electronic nany i just set it to rain mode and watch the road ahead and try to remember any potholes if i am riding on familiar roads.....
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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Rain x for visor and only crack your visor to let more air in. If it gets really bad just stop, the rain usually passes on quick in Houston
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I have toured all over North America on R1200 RT and have ridden in rain storms that have lasted for days - especially coming back from Alaska in 2007.

As mentioned earlier, smoothness is the key. You can run at high speed in the rain if you do not make any sudden changes.
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Rain gear gloves included. When really pouring comfort is key.

Rain mode on a bike lol? Another reason scooters are harder to ride.
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baaahahaha I was actually going to quote Bevo and say exactly that, but you beat me!

Rain-x FTW! I just tuck in the rain and try to stay dry and warm. I close the front vents on the helmet and leave the back ones open.... I wear my leather 99% of the time, so I'll just close all the vents to stay warm and dry. Besides that, take it easy.
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Keep telling yourself that. One day you might believe it.
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Rain mode on a bike lol? Another reason scooters are harder to ride.
1. 180+ rwhp in wet pavement is nothing you will ever know about in your whole scooter riding life scooters dont even make half the hp to even need a tc or power mode

2. You can keep trying but your many attempts to make your scooter riding = to real motorcycle riding just makes you even more

3. Have you considered moving to scooter heaven? this would be the only place that you will never feel left out for riding your happy scooter abreast fellow scooter riders

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Rain mode? Haha.
The only mode your and your scooter need is........."Dream Mode" both can only dream one day you will be accepted in the motorcycle crowd :r ofl::rof l:
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perfect conditions for wheelies !
A "Condition" would be the best way to explain Tmax's state of mind

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