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Old 04-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #21
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riding in the rain is not that bad. visibility is the main thing. aside from that, just remember that the street is not a racetrack, and a wet street is even less of a racetrack.
you can use a finger or your palm to squeegee water off of your visor. find a prominent seam in your left glove that you can quickly and easily wipe across your visor.
it's a temporary fix, but it can be a game changer.
another tip i have is that if the rain isnt too heavy and you want to clear your visor, turn your head slowly from side to side, letting the water get blown off of your visor. look ahead the whole time.

rain isnt that bad after the first several times.
, i loooove me some rain in the sun. when it's warm outside and the rain is cool it just doesnt get any better than that.
yep. i find this works very well to get most the rain of your visor.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:06 PM   #23
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She was trashed and she didn't drive anyway. They had been drinking since happy hour.
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Riding in the rain can be fun. Frog Togs are the ultimate because they roll up small and keep you dry.. thanks RacerX

You just have to pay more attention to your lane placement, especially at stops and intersections... don't roll in the middle where all the cage droppings are.

Try and keep the bike more upright, but you'll be surprised at how much traction you have except in standing water. Smooth is the key, don't make abrupt downshifts or control inputs.

It's also a great time to practice drifting and sliding the rear....
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:07 PM   #26
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yeah, my bikes in the shop but i was glad i didn't ride yesterday, could have ended badly. Drove the beltway, shut down due to flooding. So took gessner thinking maybe I could get around it. 50 feet from the flooding where I was going to have to turn around I drove the GTI's front and rear left tire through and open manhole. OUCH. Busted the front tire, thank the rear was ok. It was visible, but I wasn't paying full attention going only 5-10 mph and it was partially covered by the water so hard to see. Spent till 3pm getting new tire, front end alignmnet, etc. Geez. What a day. While I was waiting I did my bit for others (as other cars where getting stuck in it!) and moved the manhole cover back on so nobody else had the issue. Talked to a biker and warned them to be careful.

Had that been my bike at that speed... it would have been a literal faceplant, even with full gear I probably would have broke something (on me) besides totaling the bike. was watching out for me that morning!
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Skeered of rain = wuss (or inexperienced).
I only take the truck if I have to haul something bigger than my backpack can carry. Still I don't go above 80mph so I guess that makes me a wuss to (more worried about the 5-o's than crashing though).
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Riding in the rain can be fun. Frog Togs are the ultimate because they roll up small and keep you dry.. thanks RacerX

You just have to pay more attention to your lane placement, especially at stops and intersections... don't roll in the middle where all the cage droppings are.

Try and keep the bike more upright, but you'll be surprised at how much traction you have except in standing water. Smooth is the key, don't make abrupt downshifts or control inputs.

It's also a great time to practice drifting and sliding the rear....
Motards are great for rain :-) I've ridden in rain most of the time but that monday night, geez. I don't know if I could have stood that, water was crazy hard and 5-10 mph road speed average with REALLY high water in some parts. I don't know if the ex500 is high enough to deal with that.



On a different note... how deep can you go? How do you gauge it on the car or the bike.... do you take a good bit of speed and rush through it, slowly, give me some info on where it becomes engine damaging for the bike and a low to the ground car like a VW GTI. (in non rushing water, just standing water)
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Riding in the rain can be fun. Frog Togs are the ultimate because they roll up small and keep you dry.. thanks RacerX

You just have to pay more attention to your lane placement, especially at stops and intersections... don't roll in the middle where all the cage droppings are.

Try and keep the bike more upright, but you'll be surprised at how much traction you have except in standing water. Smooth is the key, don't make abrupt downshifts or control inputs.

It's also a great time to practice drifting and sliding the rear....
btw, i have those but I don't end up using them unless on the morning ride there to work... i'd rather get home wet than wear those, espcially summer rains... they cook you alive and look terrible. I'd rather be wet than sweat.
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As long as it isn't deep enough to reach the air intake you should be fine. Wheel bearings are sealed enough. Make sure you hose down the chain with WD40 and then lube when you get home, altho o-ring chains do a good job at keeping the water out. As soon as you get out of the puddle, squeeze the brakes a bit to clear the water out so you don't get a surprise when you need them.

On my bike much over the pegs is iffy, in my lifted truck with 33's I start worrying about 3 feet deep or so...

Don't haul into deep water, steady and smooth is all you need.
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As long as it isn't deep enough to reach the air intake you should be fine. Wheel bearings are sealed enough. Make sure you hose down the chain with WD40 and then lube when you get home, altho o-ring chains do a good job at keeping the water out. As soon as you get out of the puddle, squeeze the brakes a bit to clear the water out so you don't get a surprise when you need them.

On my bike much over the pegs is iffy, in my lifted truck with 33's I start worrying about 3 feet deep or so...

Don't haul into deep water, steady and smooth is all you need.
newb question.... where is the air intake on the ex500 then?
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newb question.... where is the air intake on the ex500 then?
I imagine under the seat/tank like a 250, but since I don't have one I am not sure.

Most bikes are high, near the bottom of the tank level.
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I imagine under the seat/tank like a 250, but since I don't have one I am not sure.

Most bikes are high, near the bottom of the tank level.
ok, i know the airbox was under the seat are on the 250, but I didn't know if that was the only air intake. I think the ex500's is very close the battery right up near under the gas tank.... so that means technically the engine would run if you were going through water that was 1-2 feet high as long as it didn't get in the exaust pipe or airbox... that's what you have to look for?
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Won't hurt to get in the exhaust, as long as you keep the rpm up some...
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