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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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After the Rain...

What do you guys do after you've been lucky enough to ride in the rain?

I was headed home from work Friday and a freak shower came upon me, soaking me nicely. I didn't panic, taking it slower and more deliberate, but I know I was grumbling about it. After 10 minutes the rain stopped and there I was cruising along looking like a wet dog in a tub, my shoes squishing on the pavement at the lights. I wished my visor had a teeny little wiper on it.

No problems at all and I got into the garage safely. Wondered if there was something I should do with the bike after a rainy ride.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 09:29 PM
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I got caught out the other day I just clean and dry the bike off then put a thin coat of spray wax on all the shiny stuff.
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I got caught in a simular rain on tueday. I had to use the white line to follow the road.
I just parked in the car port. Went inside the house and changed my pants a nd socks the rest of me was dry.
Nothing special on the bike just parked it for next ride.

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Rode home a few days ago in the rain, wiped the bike dry as best I could and will need to use my honda pro cleaner to get it all shined up again, get rid of what ever rain spots and such. Don't ride in the rain much!

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I usually let my bike dry on its own then wipe it down in the morning. When the weekend comes around, wash it, wax it, polish the chrome. Nothing too special. I did a lot of riding in the rain when I stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. I practically lived in my rain gear. Just take it easy when you have to ride in the rain and make sure you have your gear handy.
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Oil comes to the surface and it gets slick esp near stoplights and stop signs ... no aggressive acceleration or aggressive breaking....lines also tend to be slick... I'm a seattle native and riding in the rain well its a common occurrence when i get home i take a hot shower and set my gear out to dry ... when the rain stops for more then a day i may wash the bike ...



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In Miami I get caught in the rain often. Just pretend you are riding in slow motion. No sharp changes in momentum - left, right, forward or backward (stopping).

I usually let the bike dry on her own, then wipe her down with an "armor all" cloth. I'm not sure what the exact brand it, but it's one of those little tissue packs that seal up again. One of those will generally clean the whole bike.

Consider waxing your windshield. Mine's kind of small (I look over it) but when I'm riding in the rain, I notice a big difference in the waxed/non-waxed shield. Make sure you get wax and not "cleaner and wax." I think there's a thread on it here.

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I did a lot of riding in the rain when I stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. I practically lived in my rain gear.
40 years ago, Ft. Lewis was my dirt bike playground! The wetter, the better; bogs, hill climbs, dirt tracking it down the jeep trails on a HD. Great pawn shops, titty bars, brothels, and the best cops money could buy ;-) Went to bed listening to canon fire, 50 cals and grenades.

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