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06-21-2019 11:00 AM
OleDirtyDoc
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Well at least you had good visibility.
That wasn't my pic and it was shortly after it slowed down

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06-21-2019 09:01 AM
Knifemaker
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This is what I was riding to yesterday nightAttachment 46089

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Well at least you had good visibility.
06-21-2019 01:43 AM
OleDirtyDoc This is what I was riding to yesterday nightAttachment 46089

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06-20-2019 02:58 PM
ubertalldude Yeah, I've been on the freeway at 70mph+ with no handling issues. With good tires they get the water out of the way quickly. Visibility and car's behavior does seem to be the biggest danger in the rain. Slipstreamer windshield is a sweet addition, keeps the rain from pelting me. Gettin wet is a pain, but back when I had my garage I could just close the door after pulling in and strip down. Don't think my neighbors would appreciate me doing that in the backyard of my apartment building, though...
06-20-2019 01:38 PM
DACataldo
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...... the bike can be pretty stable at speed. Well, that's my opinion, anyway!

GDI
Yep - One night coming back from LA in the pouring rain - worst I've ever seen - and the bike was perfectly stable. My biggest worry was the traffic around me. Was wearing all the goodies, too! Warm as toast and dry as a bone!
06-19-2019 08:14 PM
GDI I mostly agree with everyone is saying. I've been in some real downpours at different times. I'm not saying that I'd want to stop quickly or anything like that, but I've found that bikes don't seem to hydroplane like cars. If you have visibility, speed ain't gonna kill you. A quick stop or something like that would suck, but the bike can be pretty stable at speed. Well, that's my opinion, anyway!

GDI
06-19-2019 03:54 PM
ubertalldude My helmet is hi-vis yellow. Wouldn't trade it for the world, 'cause you can't miss it!

Loud pipes? Nah. Hi-vis & helmets save lives. Rain or shine.
06-19-2019 03:32 PM
Spockster A nice bright color on the rainsuit is a huge plus. Not black, not camo frogg toggs.
06-19-2019 03:23 PM
Knifemaker I think "take it easy" sums it up, but might be subjective (my "easy" might be harder than yours )
So I always say ride like you are transporting a bottle of nitroglycerin sitting on top of your tank. Brake early and smoothly, and be as slow and smooth as you can taking off. Along with avoiding the center of the lane as mentioned, watch out for painted lines as they can be slick as shiet.
That and get a good rainsuit and waterproof gloves/boots. I always armor up for wet roads....luckily never wiped out though.

The hardest thing to do, especially for a new rider or someone that's never ridden in the rain before is to stay relaxed.
06-19-2019 01:26 PM
OleDirtyDoc I ride in the rain so often it's second nature to me. A good set of chaps, leather jacket,and take it easy. No sudden movents, stops or acceleration, and try not to ride in the middle of your lane, as that is where oil and antifreeze tend to build up from cars. Watch out for gravel

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