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Rain riding - September 11, 2007, 03:56 PM

How about some rain tips.

What are the top things to look out for?

I've done MSF, read Proficient Motorcycling, but I'm still scared to venture out.
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September 11, 2007, 03:58 PM

The beginning of a rain is the most dangerous. It brings all the oils in the road to the surface. I recommend riding in the tread of the cars. Avoid the center since most oil will surface there.

The good thing about rain is that it washes sand and dirt from the road.


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September 11, 2007, 04:02 PM

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September 11, 2007, 04:09 PM

Rain isn't so bad, try to be smooth and avoid paint or any other "pavement color changes" that you come across.

Also, give yourself much more braking distance. The tires stick well if they are in good shape...I think I was told that you lose about 20% of your traction. However, as mentioned above...the first 10 minutes try to be very careful because oil does rise...after a bit it washes off for the most part and then it's not so bad. Try to keep the bike upright if you encounter any mud or debris...mud is extremely slipper when combined with pavement so be cautious around or going through it but at the same time DO NOT tense up...keep your arms relaxed.

Start off by riding some lightly traveled back roads that you are familiar with and relax.

Slow down a bit, look even further ahead, be smooth...and have fun...yes riding in the rain can be fun

Last but not least...be even more careful with your lane position around cars, usually they are unable to see as well when it's raining (foggy windows, distractions...etc...etc) so keep that in mind as well.


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Go fast to keep the tires warm and grippy.


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September 11, 2007, 05:33 PM

I love riding in the rain. Just remember to wait bout 30 minutes after the rain starts, stay off the lines, keep good spacing from cars, and have a decent tire, also just ride around in a parking lot or something big and empty to get use to it. Been riding in the rain for like 7 years. Also riding on a cruiser in the rain a couple times really helps u get use to it!
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Go fast to keep the tires warm and grippy.
for the record his pace in the rain is usually 10 times faster than most people's best day on dry pavement

*this isn't a compliment...ass kissing...etc...it's simple FACT



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The beginning of a rain is the most dangerous. It brings all the oils in the road to the surface. I recommend riding in the tread of the cars. Avoid the center since most oil will surface there.
+1. Asphalt with a first wetting is slicker than snot on a doorknob and will drop you in a snap if you're not paying attention.


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September 11, 2007, 08:10 PM

Thanks for the advice. After thinking, I'll get a bike and only ride in good weather on weekends. A week of nice weather led me to commuting to work and two days of imperfect whether put me back on the bus/metro. It's miserable, I want to ride as much as possible before the cold/ice really keeps me off two wheels.
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September 11, 2007, 08:57 PM

Learn to ride year around is great. Have good rain gear but most important is good tires. Learn what those tires will do in the rain. Learn the pavement you ride on. I will put my foot down and see how slick the road is. Make sure your helmet does not fog up and it really helps to have a pair of gloves that have a visor wiper on them. Just be smooth!!


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September 11, 2007, 09:09 PM

go practice your starts in the rain like Laurence Fishburne. That looked like fun. Might save a little rubber.
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September 11, 2007, 09:28 PM

3 important thing...
1.watch out for out for cars. these mofo can't drive when it's dry much less in the rain.
2. Remember its wet drive accordingly. remember the jackass tailgating you can't stop so well so try not to stop suddenly and be clear about what your going to do.
3. most important ZIP LOCK BAGS.. they will keep your cell phone, camera, Ipod or whatever from getting fried. I keep 1 under my seat just in case..


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