I avoid riding in the rain, because it's no fun to do, IMHO. But sometimes you just get caught in it. Like the other morning riding home from work. It had only sprinkled a little at work, but the closer I got to home, the wetter it was. About 3 miles from home I got caught in a pretty heavy downpour. The worst part about that was the lightening. It was striking the ground all around me, even knocking the power out on my street. That is certainly not fun on a bike. Not to mention the fact that it's hard to see when your visor is covered with water, especially at night with approaching headlights.
You just have to take it easy on the throttle and be aware of increased stopping distances. Use engine braking when possible. Be extra carefull on the downshifts, shifting later rather than sooner, as you can suddenly loose traction
As was already mentioned, the worst time is just after the rain starts and painted lines are going to be slick. As well as anything metal, like manhole covers, bridge joints, etc.
Last edited by hapster; 09-12-2005 at 06:21 AM.