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Old 12-04-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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Any tips for riding in rain?

The other day i got caught in the rain for the first time and was very freaked out. Tried to stay in the tire track of the car in front off me but other then that just tucked in behind wind screen and held on. I know best thing is to not ride in the rain, but does anyone have any tips if you have to ride in the rain?
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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slow down and be smooth........riding in the rain is no big deal
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slow down and be smooth........riding in the rain is no big deal
+1 on that

i've ride on rain many times and i was ok.....but last sunday....it was misty and foggy...and i ate it...so just be carefull and very very smooth....and dont let go off the throttle while taking a curve on leaning
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i don't have a car i ride in all weathers its all the same to me
rain rides just slow down and take it easy
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:54 PM   #5
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slow down,true. I was on i45 and cars past me at 70mph when i was around 50mph. So felt very vulnerable cause didn't have the ability to be very maneuverable for fear of laying it down on the freeway.
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freeway speeds thats not a problem stopping and turning is when you need to slow down
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All of your inputs need to be thought out when you ride on slick pavement - be it loose dirt/gravel, rain, snow, etc. It's no different driving a car, but you have the luxury of not tipping over when you've got four wheels underneath you.

If you normally start apply the brakes 100 yards before a signal, make it 150-200 in the rain. If you find that you've finished your braking early you can coast to the line but if you don't start early enough and run out of room, you have little (or no) traction left to rely on getting you stopped.

Also - most people worry about the bike in motion and forget about things like putting your feet down. In the wet, I throw my legs down early and make sure I've gotten a good grip on the pavement before the weight of the bike needs to rest on my feet/legs.
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:36 PM   #8
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Good words!^^^
I am so careful not to ride in the center of any lane simply due to the oil stain....
wet or dry!
Don't forget when stopping at a light not to stop in the oil spot or step in it!
Be smooth and careful, if you have time - pull over and wait.
Remember rolls down hill so stay on top of the crown of the road not to the far right where all the oil has washed off to.
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #9
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Rain is no problem....just follow the advice above ie be smooth, avoid center of lane and.....

Think about the rain and the situation before you get on the road. There are some things you need to know about how rain affects conditions.

If there has been lots of rain recently then the roads have likely been washed well and traction should be pretty good. If there has not been much rain recently and the road is just starting to get wet all the oil on the road is brought to the surface creating a very slick road.

Think about the conditions and what its affect is.

I also used to get a feel for the traction by dragging my boots (on the soles) on the road while riding slowly (10-15mph).
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:28 PM   #10
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One thing I noticed was that you said you tucked in behind the windscreen. If you don't normally ride like that when it's dry (why on earth would you?) then I would highly recommend you don't do that when it's wet. You're on a bike... you're gonna get wet no matter what, haha. So it's best to ride in a manner that you're familiar with and one that will allow you to make quick and smooth inputs. Remember, keep your arms loose and elbows bent... lots of riders have a tendancy to get tense in poor weather!
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easy on the throttle and easy on the brake. Be especially careful when it first starts to rain because oil and is still on the road. Be wary of the painted stripes at stop lights and intersection...they tend to get slick. +1 on the your gonna get wet post...don't worry about it...you won't melt. Look left and right to clear the rain off your visor...the wind wisks it away. turn your high beam on and avoid standing water ... hydroplaning is a .
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:32 AM   #12
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Riding in the rain is a lot like riding a Harley, you can't lean...

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IM SURE EVERYONE HAS SAID IT BUT ILL SAY IT AGAIN "SLOW DOWN"
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All that stuff that's already been said AND watch out for the udders (and I don't mean cows).

Dem darned four-wheelers lose their fricken minds even more in inclement weather (ya seent 'em in good weather). They only get worser.

Ya did send this message so's I guess yer doin' pretty good.

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Nobody likes to deal with it but it happens...

No fun in traffic...
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so do you guys usually ride to the left/right of the center line in the rain? last time i rode on the freeway in the rain, i did that but noticed that water was accumulating there since it was lower. I felt the bike about to lose traction a couple times, so i rode in the center the rest of the way home.
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Don't use the rear brake abruptly while coming to a stop light with a very oily surface in the first 5 min of a downpour... no matter how slow you coasted up to it. It will make your rear end slide from under you.

That was the last time I used the rear in the rain, you bet. :/:
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Buy some Plexus and apply it to your face shield daily so the water beads up. Your vision gets horrible in light spray, especially at night with oncoming traffic.
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so do you guys usually ride to the left/right of the center line in the rain? last time i rode on the freeway in the rain, i did that but noticed that water was accumulating there since it was lower. I felt the bike about to lose traction a couple times, so i rode in the center the rest of the way home.
All the oil tends to come up the first 5 min or so of rain; after that the center isn't so bad.

Or you can ride way to the side of the lane, close to the lane markings.

As long as your tires are in good shape, rain isn't a big deal. I don't slow down much, just try to keep the bike more upright in the turns/ hang off more. Smooth braking and throttle, don't be afraid to use the front brakes, just leave a little more stopping room.

RELAX and don't gip the bars hard... stay loose not tense.
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