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Do you ride in the rain? On purpose or because you have to? Do you like to ride in the rain?

This question was suggested by Twistiesman. Thanks for the great suggestion!

I know we've discussed riding in the rain some but I wanted to post some questions about it.

I do ride in the rain, yes, especially if I'm out somewhere and need to get home. ;) I have been known to wish for rain when it was so darn hot that I needed to cool off. And sometimes, yes, I enjoy riding in the rain. One of the first times I ever rode in the rain, it was raining so hard I couldn't see and I felt like slowing down to a crawl but I was afraid I'd get rear-ended so I kept on going. Now that I've ridden in the rain a lot (those pesky afternoon showers when I lived in South Florida) I'm fairly comfortable with it. I hate squishing around in wet shoes, but other than that, I really don't mind riding in the rain. I might not purposefully go for a pleasure ride if I knew it was going to pour all day, but we are planning a ride for tomorrow and the scattered showers that are predicted aren't making us feel like cancelling.
 

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I'll ride in the rain only if I have to. I avoid it if at all possible because 1. I live in CA. (land of the idiot rain drivers) 2. I dont like cleaning the bike after riding in the rain (it gets EVERYWHERE) 3. I dont wanna fall down! :D
 

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I do not mind riding in the rain. I do not leave from the house just to go ride in the rain but when I get caught in the rain it is not bad. Sometimes when on a week trip it will rain one day but as long as it is not raining really hard it can be fun. In the mountains it makes it more peaceful and it is fun to run in and out of the fog and watch the fog move up and down the mountains. All of this would not be possible without a rain suite which I always have with me and it keeps me dry. So when rain happens slow down and enjoy yourself.
 

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Twistiesman said:
I do not mind riding in the rain. I do not leave from the house just to go ride in the rain but when I get caught in the rain it is not bad. Sometimes when on a week trip it will rain one day but as long as it is not raining really hard it can be fun. In the mountains it makes it more peaceful and it is fun to run in and out of the fog and watch the fog move up and down the mountains. All of this would not be possible without a rain suite which I always have with me and it keeps me dry. So when rain happens slow down and enjoy yourself.
I agree with Dave. :) Although I have lost my rain jacket which blew off the back of my bike somehow... damn cargo net. :(
 

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Yeah, I ride in the rain, sometimes even when I have a choice. My commute to the office is 50 miles each way. My choices are taking the Beemer (48 mpg), taking the Ford E350 (12 mpg) or riding Caltrain (inconvenient schedule). Given the time savings using the bike - one hour each way versus 1.5 to 2 hours in the van or the train - and the price of gas, I take the bike unless it's icy out. Last week I rode one day when the temp was 39 and the fog was so thick visibility was down to 100 yards in places. I've also ridden into town and back in the rain a few times lately.

It really isn't so bad, and make for a great excuse to get out of the office before rush hour. I have a BMW cordura suit with Gore-Tex liners, and the heated handgrips are a godsend in cold, wet weather. We don't get any warm, wet weather in California.

I rode in the rain quite a bit when I lived in Texas, and didn't have anywhere near the high quality riding gear I have now. One Thanksgiving I rode from Dallas to Kerrville (300 miles) in solid rain. The forecast called for party cloudy with temps in the 50s. By the time I reached Llano the temp was in the high 30s and there were snowflakes mixed in the rain. I had ice on my jacket, pants, and helmet when I reached my grandmother's house. Not fun, and I nearly froze.

But I'm committed to riding in the rain now. If it gets too bad I'll get an electric vest and electric gloves for the Beemer. At $2/gallon for gas I can't afford to drive that big-ass van every day.
 

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I have ridden in the rain enough to have formed an opinion, which is free and worth exactly what you pay for it. I would rather not ride in the rain if I don't have to, but I have in the past and I am sure I will in the future. Just bought a rain suit that should help from Dri-Rider.

Now if anyone could come up with a windshield wiper for our visors! ;)
 

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I ride to school since it is a pain to park on campus and faculty decals are @ $150, and they don't check for motorcycle decals. Even if it is raining. I don't do sunday morning rides in the rain, but don't cry if I get caught in it. Sometimes I ride when it rains, just so I dont have to deal with my car.
I really like it when you get off the bike and you have those cool looking wet marks. Knees and below are wet as well as the outside of your legs, but your crotch and ass are dry. I hear chicks dig it!
 

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I have ridden in the rain enough to have formed an opinion, which is free and worth exactly what you pay for it. I would rather not ride in the rain if I don't have to, but I have in the past and I am sure I will in the future. Just bought a rain suit that should help from Dri-Rider.

Now if anyone could come up with a windshield wiper for our visors! ;)

go to http://www.aerostich.com and search for veewipe squeegee which slips over one of your fingers so that you can wipe your shield. Closest thing to a windshield wiper.
 

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At one time, I hated riding in the rain. If the weather forcast said anything about a possibility of rain, I would just take my car instead. Now I've kinda gotten used to it. It doesn't bother me anymore. I would still rather it by dry out but a shower here and there keeps you on your toes!
 

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go to http://www.aerostich.com and search for veewipe squeegee which slips over one of your fingers so that you can wipe your shield. Closest thing to a windshield wiper.
I have seen that advertised. Does it really work? Looks like a pain in the neck to keep on your fingers all the time, but I guess it is just another thing to put in the tankbag!
 

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call me what you will, but I refuse to ride in the rain. For a couple reasons-
1. It's wet.
2. It hurts (if your neck or other body parts exposed, and you're on the highway going 65, stings like hell)
3. Reduced traction.
4. Stupid Maryland drivers.
5. Clean-up afterwards sucks.
6. I'm a big wuss and I might melt :D
I've done it before and do not enjoy it. That's what my truck is for.
 
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call me what you will, but I refuse to ride in the rain. For a couple reasons-
1. It's wet.
2. It hurts (if your neck or other body parts exposed, and you're on the highway going 65, stings like hell)
3. Reduced traction.
4. Stupid Maryland drivers.
5. Clean-up afterwards sucks.
6. I'm a big wuss and I might melt :D
I've done it before and do not enjoy it. That's what my truck is for.
Don't like the wet eh ? Don't worry .. Pete and RCjohn don't like it wet either ...
 

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I don't like the wetness from the sky, but the opposite sex, now that's a different story altogether....
I gotta leave the Pete and RC John comment alone..only you can do it justice, Squidw. :D
 
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Ignoring Squid for the moment ;) , I'm a fair-weather rider, but I have enjoyed a couple surprise rainstorms during the middle of summer that cooled me off quite nicely. As has been said, it makes cleaning the bike a helluva chore, though.
 
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Pete said:
Ignoring Squid for the moment ;) , I'm a fair-weather rider, but I have enjoyed a couple surprise rainstorms during the middle of summer that cooled me off quite nicely. As has been said, it makes cleaning the bike a helluva chore, though.

LOL!
Well when I had a bike , I rode in the rain .. Didn't really care about the dirt as it wasn't a center piece in my livingroom ;):D :p
 

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Rainex

I rainex'ed my visor, outside and inside. All I have to do is turn my head and water slides off without any troubles.

One other thing about rain, I felt it made me a better rider since the bike gets squirelly a lot quicker than in the dry. Although my 6r almost threw me into a canal the other day.

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is in your rear view mirrors.
 
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Re: Rainex

xert said:
I rainex'ed my visor, outside and inside.
Don't have any first hand experience, but I have heard that products like Rain-X can cause deterioration of the coating on helmet shields.
 
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