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07-29-2002 09:27 AM
nick_nolastname Hey dirty im in orlando too! I commute on I4.
07-29-2002 09:17 AM
DIRTYCURTYD
Lot's of rain riding here...

Even had visibility so low that I was afraid to pull over and be creamed by a passing car. I just jumped on a set of tailights and followed him in the last 50 miles. Anywhooo... check out Aerostitch catalog, they have alot of good foul weather tips. Fog city faceshield liner, forget most moto rain suits, buy from a good nautical foul weather gear company, keep a steady hand and always keep drive going to the rear wheel. Forget the 100mph stuff on the street in the rain, that just makes you suicidal not COOL. I ride in it, anyone can, the key is smoothness in throttle and braking. The bikes will lean as well, but it takes practice. ENJOY IT, it is the only time the heat goes away here in the summer and I actually look forward to the brief relief. My wife worries about me more than I do.
07-29-2002 08:49 AM
theOtherR6Mike Thanks to all who replied. I've learned much and hope to be better prepared the next time in bad weather. Thanks again!

Mike
07-27-2002 12:19 PM
nick_nolastname I live in Central FL and ride to work every day. Therefore, in the summer I ride in the rain just about every day. I find rush hour easier to ride in when it rains because all the lane swerving nit wits slow down, queue up and just drive one behind the other. Plus the rain keeps me cool in the summer heat. I use a First Gear rainsuit and Im about to buy the Tourmaster waterproof slip over boots. I enjoy riding in the rain just like I enjoy riding in the sun. What makes the difference for me is being DRY. In addition to the warnings posted above which are all good points, watch out for brick paved streets. Depending on the type of bricks they can be lethal when wet. I too have not had any trouble with hydroplaning, but its much easier to spin the back tire if I forget to be gentle. I usually wind up passing cars left and right because they go so slow when it rains.
07-27-2002 11:12 AM
CBR_Taco I dont prefer to ride in the rain anymore, but i used to ride in anything, even during flash flood warnings and possible hail warnings, usually 'cause I didnt have much of a choice. but anywho, I always wait at least a half hour after the rain starts for the oils to wash away. I've never had a traction problem, like stated above, just be real easy on the clutch, throttle, brake, etc. and watch out for painted lines and arrows. I make sure i'm wearing wool or fleece socks or anything else that might get wet to keep warm. I've never lost traction, and I've hit standing water that was up to my boots at least at 50mph, and the bike just cut right through it (if i was in my truck it would have been like hitting the brakes, but the bike just slipped right through with no problem). Sometimes I put some lean into smooth curves, and if its clear on I-95, I'll step it up to 110mph, I'm not always the safest in the rain (when no one's around), but i haven't had any problems... yet. I think a lot of my confidence comes from learning to ride during a rainy weekend at the MSF course.
07-27-2002 10:12 AM
Smitty
I wear glasses all the time.

In all my yrs I have never had the glasses fog up. Possibly that could be caused my heavy breathing & I am not kidding here --simply keep your breathing going down rather then up or directly at the interior of the visor.
Like in cooler Autumn or Spring days I pull a LARGE bandana out of my saddle bag, put it into a diaper fold (just think of the cowboys in hold-ups or moving cattle) & tie it from just below my nose to around the back of the head & so I can break into IT & nothing else fogs up.
Keep the visor CLEAN & use anything that make it SLIPPERY on the outside. So when at hwy speeds one only needs to turn head fully to the left & right to have 50% of the rain & crap roll off.
07-26-2002 08:39 PM
BanditBoy I ride in the rain alot as it rains in Florida everyday in the summer and I don't seem to be smart enough to drive my truck to work Anyway, a good rainsuit helps. Don't buy the cheap Home Depot special. Many have a built in fly and guess what gets wet first when the rain starts coming down hard. (It's usually cold too I might add!) Also close all the vents on the helmet. Once water gets inside the helmet you won't get it out till you stop. I always slow down and haven't had a problem with grip in a long time. I've also never hydroplaned. I did hit a good sized puddle yesterday that escaped my notice, but it caused no problem other than the pucker that accompanied the realization of what I'd hit. The key is to realize the conditions aren't optimum and adjust accordingly.
07-26-2002 02:34 PM
phatkidwit1eye also if you can pace your self at a safe distance behind a car usualy you can see where there tire marks are because they are picking up the water with there tires and are leaving a wet but, not as water soaked area. i try to ride there. Also dont get scared b/c what happens when you get scared...you start to make bad decsions. If all else fails pull over and wait. As for visor fogging up what do you guys do when you have to wear glasses too. Cause sometimes my visor and glasses fog up.
07-26-2002 01:53 PM
Smitty
Good tips above by oldgixer & DataDan

Actually if you can find a pair of loose Gore-Tex (no liner) trousers or those zipped clean apart at the sides (often used by airport people, police, etc) there is something you can easily carry on the bike if it might rain & will keep you dry.
Go into a shop that handles Gore-Tex & you might find a loose fitting jacket (again no lining) that can go over what you normally were & a two-piece like that will last a long time. I can stand wet gloves & wet feet.
Also anything painted on the road is like ice such as the deviding yellow lines, the white lines & such.
You soon learn that your brakes.tyres do not have the stopping power so give yourself more space from those in front of you. By now you will have realized being behind a small or low car is better then an SUV, van, truck, etc. Let them set the steady pace for all you want to do is get home without taking as spill & you are still LEARNING.
07-26-2002 12:48 PM
meanstrk Excellent response DataDan. I have to agree on all counts. I have NEVER hydroplaned on a bike! Just take it easy and get gear for the weather if you are going to ride in that stuff.
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