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Old 05-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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Is it safe....

To ride out to Austin today in this weather?

I need advice from the more experienced riders here. I already have a tripped planned to Austin where I would be following a friend in a car on 290 to Parmer Ln. Is it safe to ride even though its raining, it could possible pass over by the time I'm leaving and its only a 50% chance by 5 pm. Should I just take my car? The only real reason I'm going is to enjoy the ride on the bike...I don't mind getting wet, I just need to know if its safe enough considering the possible thunderstorms??

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Old 05-25-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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Riding in wet weather is always going to be somewhat more dangerous than dry. You just have to be as smooth as possible with all of your movements and slow down. But if you aren't comfortable with it, take the car. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:47 PM   #3
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Anyone else??

I'm trying to get as much advice as I can before I get off at 3:30, becuase I'm going home to shower then leaving.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:48 PM   #4
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Take it slow, watch your speed when turning, stay away from standing water and give yourself plenty of room to stop.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:49 PM   #5
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I wouldn't... especially given your bike and 'noobishness' level.

If you have'nt ridden in rain before, it's best not to try a long trip in rain... there will be lots of traffic out there today and it's going to be alot of stop and go on the highway. YOu need a very smooth throttle hand and brake application to ride a 150hp machine in the rain.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:50 PM   #6
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BTW, I did about 170 miles this morning and got caught in a huge downpour... it's not fun in the rain at all, especially if you don't have full rain gear.
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the weather channel is your friend. Just remember the the paint on the road is ice when wet...cars forget how to drive and be gentle with your throttle/braking. If the rain gets too bad, you can always pull off into a gas station or something. But wether or not to ride is a personal decisioI have ridden in the rain numerous times. To me...it is just part of riding. trust your gut.
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If you are asking if it is safe to ride in the rain, and you ride an R1, than no it probably is not safe for you to ride in this weather. It sounds like you lack the experience to do this safely.

Me, personally, am not bothered by rain in the least. I have ridden in it quite a bit and actually enjoy it.

That being said, when there has only been a bit of rain the roads are at their slickest. The moisture just brings the oil on the road to the surface. When there has been a bunch of rain the roads become relatively clean.

Good luck in whatever you decide!
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You see Sir Steve-O, I know I could count on you to give it to me straight

Well, I really want to ride, and if I decide to I obviously will be extra careful (as if thats enough). I have ridden in the rain before, just not a long trip. I think it will be ok though, I'm gonna stop and get rain gear before I leave. Thanks for the advice, I'll post when I get to Austin to make sure I made it.....if not, call 281-543-5483 and see if I'm in a ditch or something! :-)
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You see Sir Steve-O, I know I could count on you to give it to me straight

Well, I really want to ride, and if I decide to I obviously will be extra careful (as if thats enough). I have ridden in the rain before, just not a long trip. I think it will be ok though, I'm gonna stop and get rain gear before I leave. Thanks for the advice, I'll post when I get to Austin to make sure I made it.....if not, call 281-543-5483 and see if I'm in a ditch or something! :-)


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I got caught in a downpour on monday 4 times on the way home from conroe. It sucked! ride safe bro
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i had to ride back from last years bar b q in the rain all i am going to say is rainX cant see in the rain sucks
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To ride out to Austin today in this weather?

I need advice from the more experienced riders here. I already have a tripped planned to Austin where I would be following a friend in a car on 290 to Parmer Ln. Is it safe to ride even though its raining, it could possible pass over by the time I'm leaving and its only a 50% chance by 5 pm. Should I just take my car? The only real reason I'm going is to enjoy the ride on the bike...I don't mind getting wet, I just need to know if its safe enough considering the possible thunderstorms??

Thanks in advance.
How are your tires? Got good tread? Wear rain gear, rain-x your visor (outside only). You should be able to survive. Drive extra cautious stop under overpasses if it gets too heavy. Be sure to give everyone around you extra space. I hope your experienced in controlling your bike when your tires slide, it may happen, don't be too heavy on your brakes!
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get rain gear...take a change of clothers in case you do get wet.

Take a couple breather/breaks/stops along the way. Don't get impatient or try to go fast, leave yourself plenty of room to manuever...

If you hit, or are going to hit standing water..stay steady/smooth on the throttle and don't try to turn/lean etc.
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BTW FWIW hydroplaning is super easy with less contact patch, you only have 2 wheels on the ground with a contact patch the size of a credit card or smaller.

Be careful, I would wait until it passed or use the cage to be on the safe side... Is it worth your life?
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:01 PM   #16
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Well I made it guys, niice trip and I didn't even get caught in any rain.

Thanks for all the advice and best wishes guys.

Ya'll have fun over there in H-town this weekend.
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