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Old 12-05-2007, 04:39 PM   #21
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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.
that's what I was thinking about the center, the only time i've noticed the center of a lane being bad is at stop lights.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:22 PM   #22
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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. :/:
But if learnt properly - it can be alot of fun!

I love using it in the rain to come to a sliding stop, without scrubing rubber off my rear tire (like in the rain).

On a good day, i'll slide it over a good 40-50 years...



To the intial poster - if you wanna really learn how to ride in the rain and get your confidence up, do a "rain" track day. Wait and check the weather b4 every track day, a day before when the weather says more then 50% chance - quickly sign up. You'll get an empty track and learn lots! Oh did i say you'll be very likely to get lotsa one on one with an instructor! Coz the track will be empty?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:31 PM   #23
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:33 PM   #24
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and make sure to take a bike you dont care to drop cuz the chances of crashing are 75% higher than when its dry
Where did you get that stat jimmy?

Ask your self this question:

"Have I crashed more in the dry or in the rain?"
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:34 PM   #25
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Where did you get that stat jimmy?

Ask your self this question:

"Have I crashed more in the dry or in the rain?"
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i havent crash in the rain you know why cuz i dont ride when it rains
ya your normally hiding under a bridge
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:44 PM   #29
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I noticed in one of your posts, you said you were doing 50 while the cagers were doing 70+. Be careful not to go too slow, but if you want to go slower, try not to be more than 10mph slower than traffic. The slower your speed, the faster they come up on you, and the less their reaction time. Your visibility is only your tail light. Wear a yellow or orange vest when riding in adverse conditions.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:52 PM   #30
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:32 AM   #34
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when wheelie'n in the rain be alittle slower on the clutch or the tires will spin

might not be the best info, but its all i got for ya
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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?
Your on an R6 - the best handling 600cc out there IMO.

Just do the following:

For Street -
Breathe, Trust your tires, avoid paint on the road, keep your weight on the center of your bike in turns - avoid the hanging off or knee draggin.

For Track -
Do all of the above, in addition to :
Lower tire pressure fr/rr, stay as low on the bike as possible (emphasis on weight staying in center) through out the whole track, in corners where as you would usually dive forward, stay in center and stretch your knee in a manner where its exactly perpendicular to the bike (meaning knee cap pointed like this from your body ( - | ).

If you've never done any of the following, check the weather reports - when you know its going to rain sign up for a track day and come look for me.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #37
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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?
Man the same stuff happend to me last sunday!! and I could feel like the bike was sliding on me and I have pretty good tires
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:22 PM   #40
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trust your tires.

trust your input.

trust your instinct.

know the road surface, and the constant rate it changes from one side of town to another.

allow PLENTY of space with the car in front of you.

do not hit the "cats eye" lane dividers. if you do, relax, but maintain even pressure and just absorb the bump. time it so you go in between the lane markers.

RIDING IN FOG??? if you have NO access to a car, and it is hella foggy out. TAKE EXTREME CAUTION. fog is amazingly deceiving with distance and speed. what you think is a brake light 100/200 ft away...quickly turns that its actually an APPLIED brake light only 40/80 feet away. if its that bad, i constantly hit my front brake light every few seconds. nothing to actually brake, but at least get the light to flash. DO NOT use your highbeams, this makes it worse, and actually reflects back a lot of the light source back to you.(and again can be deceiving)

if you MUST, dont pull over to the side of the road. find the closest parking lot, and pull in there. then call work , and let them know you will be late. to many cars have almost taken myself, or friends out because a single light in the road, makes it hard for drivers to know 1. that its a bike, rather than a car with missing tail light (which they will ASSUME). 2. since its a "car", they may swerve, to the direction they think is outside of your "car" direction pointed..thus placing a front bumper right at you when its too late. (i hope that makes sense)

above all, dont panic. use common sense, and be easy with all control inputs.
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