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post #1 of 41 Old 09-03-2012, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Gix'n in the rain! (Northwest)

Ok as we all are aware of the "normal" northwest weather is on its way soon, now I don't mind the weather here but I fear the pissy rain that we get most of the year might present some problems for my revived GIXXR, I've moved Pretty much the entire wiring harness to right behind the head under the tank/seat including the fuse box which I covered with heavy plastic and zip tied around the wires leading to it,...sooooo, I have two areas of concern remaining #1 my newly installed gauges and future tach. #2 the SRAD intake...for the intake I plan on installing some sort of deflectors inside the air box so as to not restrict air flow but direct any rain water down away from the filter and out the drain holes in the air box, I hope this will work well.....as for the gauges, I'm not sure what to do about protecting those? And I'm not sure how much water they will put up with? They are just your average automotive gauges, decent quality but I doubt theyre "waterproof", I'm planning on installing one of the streetfighter headlight units which will provide some protection, I'm looking for other options for protecting the gauges, possible windscreens, heated grips? Or anything that will help the GixMix survive our weather

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Well guess I'll just have to wing it

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got any pics of the guages / intake area?

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It sounds like you have the fuse box pretty well protected.

Do the gauges come apart? If they do, you might try putting a little silicone sealant around the trim parts that surround the plastic/glass.

I'm not too familiar with the SRAD intake, but has it been modified from the original configuration?

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I believe the scoops that are on the fairing had drainage right? (My 96 GSXR had SRAD) You could make up some fiberglass scoops that extend just behind the steering stem on both sides with a drainage port.

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got any pics of the guages / intake area?


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This is the best I can do for pics right now, the intake ports look like they would shopvac up every drop of water that came close

I don't think it would be a good idea to take the gauges apart, but I do happen to have some automotive glass sealer, maybe I could wizard some of that on them, also thought of putting something in front of them so they don't get blasted

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A fender would be great in the rain too

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Ohhhh snap!! I knew I forgot something, and required in by law, my outlaw days are long past

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This is the best I can do for pics right now, the intake ports look like they would shopvac up every drop of water that came close

I don't think it would be a good idea to take the gauges apart, but I do happen to have some automotive glass sealer, maybe I could wizard some of that on them, also thought of putting something in front of them so they don't get blasted
umm for the intakes i would make a lil aluminum / tin piece that went over each of the holes that had a hole at the bottom. you could probably find what you need in homedepot in the roofing section.

kinda like the end of this

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umm for the intakes i would make a lil aluminum / tin piece that went over each of the holes that had a hole at the bottom. you could probably find what you need in homedepot in the roofing section.

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Yes yes! This gives me an idea! Thanks!

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umm for the intakes i would make a lil aluminum / tin piece that went over each of the holes that had a hole at the bottom. you could probably find what you need in homedepot in the roofing section.

kinda like the end of this
How about something like this?

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dude.... u need to learn how to post pics... dont post a screen shot of your phone... should be able to long press the picture to grab the url for the actual pic itself.

That said, yeah that would work... so long as the bottom of the top is below the bottom of the opening for the air duct... i would have the hole pointing down and slightly back.

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Just curious... if the bike were completely stock with fairings and all, wouldn't rain still be able to get into the ram air ducts? If so maybe there is design in the ducts/ air box that will collect/ drain the water so it isn't sucked into the engine. Hard to believe that Suzuki would design a bike that couldn't be ridden in the rain.

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Just curious... if the bike were completely stock with fairings and all, wouldn't rain still be able to get into the ram air ducts? If so maybe there is design in the ducts/ air box that will collect/ drain the water so it isn't sucked into the engine. Hard to believe that Suzuki would design a bike that couldn't be ridden in the rain.
typically the inlet at the nose is lower than the holes in the tank, and or the duct has a hump in it... so the heavier water droplets travel straight, hit the back wall of the hump, and drain out some drain hole.

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typically the inlet at the nose is lower than the holes in the tank, and or the duct has a hump in it... so the heavier water droplets travel straight, hit the back wall of the hump, and drain out some drain hole.
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Just curious... if the bike were completely stock with fairings and all, wouldn't rain still be able to get into the ram air ducts? If so maybe there is design in the ducts/ air box that will collect/ drain the water so it isn't sucked into the engine. Hard to believe that Suzuki would design a bike that couldn't be ridden in the rain.
Both very good points, in stock dress I'm sure the rain wouldn't both it a bit but being that I removed the downward angled and slightly bent intake ducts and front fairing that together prevented most of the water from being swallowed, I now have to take a different approach, think I'll try the modified exhaust tip idea for my first attempt

Now!! For the other issue....so you don't like my pics huh? just joking I'll try to do what you said, usually I have to crop them I've just been lazy here lately, sorry

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Gixxr raingear- front fender? Check!

Next up is to buy and butcher a cbr600 windscreen, then covers for the SRAD

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Finally came up with something to stop rain water from blasting my airbox, it will probably still suck up some but this should helpImageUploadedByTapatalk1349905580.657311.jpg

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Finally came up with something to stop rain water from blasting my airbox, it will probably still suck up some but this should helpAttachment 22653
Nice! Looks like it will keep you from sucking air in too.

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Nice! Looks like it will keep you from sucking air in too.

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Nice! Looks like it will keep you from sucking air in too.
Nope there's about a 1" gap behind them, they seem to have no effect on the bike, still rips along as usual

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Well this morning it started pouring rain!! The monsoons are here, I hope my little GixMix is ready for some water sports, I ordered some Frogg Toggs last night hope they get here soon!!! The wife's car is still in the shop so my only mode of transportation is the bikes, if it keeps raining this will be the gix's maiden voyage in the Oregon weather

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Good luck with the GixMix in the rain. It isn't an SM so work up the breaking and leave plenty of cushion between you and the cars.

The only great thing about the rain is the smoothness you gotta have to ride in it. Once it dries up, it feels like you have traction for days.

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Good luck with the rain. Ride smart.
Frogg Toggs are great. I love mine. Lightweight, waterproof and breathable. I wore them from Davenport, IA. to Chicago in pouring rain with no problems.

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Frogg Toggs are great. I love mine. Lightweight, waterproof and breathable. I wore them from Davenport, IA. to Chicago in pouring rain with no problems.
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Good luck with the GixMix in the rain. It isn't an SM so work up the breaking and leave plenty of cushion between you and the cars.

The only great thing about the rain is the smoothness you gotta have to ride in it. Once it dries up, it feels like you have traction for days.
Thanks gary, I've heard the frogg Toggs are pretty awesome, how are they for pulling over your boots?

Andrew, thanks for the heads up, it didn't take me long to see the diffrence between the gix and the DRZ, the quickness of the Z got me out of a lot of tight spots, the dirtbike pedigree it has also help with water puddles, wet leaves, etc, I have a feeling the gix won't be as forgiveing

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+1 to what Andrew said. You'll be surprised what a bike on modern tires can do on wet pavement. There is still tons of braking power available to you. The key is to be smooth in ALL inputs. Work on being smooth and give yourself room to work with.

Indeed the rains are here (insert expletives here). Just stay away from wet leaves.

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+1 to what Andrew said. You'll be surprised what a bike on Michelin Pilot Road 2 or 3 tires can do on wet pavement. There is still tons of braking power available to you. The key is to be smooth in ALL inputs. Work on being smooth and give yourself room to work with.

Indeed the rains are here (insert expletives here). Just stay away from wet leaves.
Fixed it for ya. I know the PR3 is solid in the rear wet but I have a Pilot Power 2CT up front to put through the paces. Heard they hold up decent in the wet as well.

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Lol Andrew. the road 2 or 3 just makes riding in the rain all that much better!

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+1 to what Andrew said. You'll be surprised what a bike on modern tires can do on wet pavement. There is still tons of braking power available to you. The key is to be smooth in ALL inputs. Work on being smooth and give yourself room to work with.

Indeed the rains are here (insert expletives here). Just stay away from wet leaves.
I've always found it kinda funny how many people think that riding in the rain is just crazy dangerous, well yes you do have to be a bit more careful but as you both mentioned about smoothness and they do have more grip than one might perceive, the part I always enjoyed was that there's no "pulling" when you hit standing water, my pickup would feel like it was going to fly off the road, the DRZ would cut through it like a knife

I'll have to take it easy but I have full faith in the gix for that matter, the thing I'm worried about is the intake and wiring, I hope I haven't missed protecting something important

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how are they for pulling over your boots?
They are made for it. The ones I bought are the Road Toad for motorcylists. They have zippers at the bottom of the pants so you can put them on over your boots and then they also have elastic at the bottom so they don't let any water in.
I went to my local Cabela's sporting goods store as they sell the hunting/fishing models and had my riding jacket, pants & boots on and tried on some to get the right size then orderedd the Road Toad from the website. I felt funny going into Cabela's with all my riding gear on!!

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They are made for it. The ones I bought are the Road Toad for motorcylists. They have zippers at the bottom of the pants so you can put them on over your boots and then they also have elastic at the bottom so they don't let any water in.
I went to my local Cabela's sporting goods store as they sell the hunting/fishing models and had my riding jacket, pants & boots on and tried on some to get the right size then orderedd the Road Toad from the website. I felt funny going into Cabela's with all my riding gear on!!
Awesome thanks!....I'm use to wearing my gear everywhere, doesn't bother me anymore, going to work or running Errons, even meeting the wife for dinner, I figure I paid enough for it might as well wear it

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The gix seemed to enjoy playing in the rain, It felt a little different on the back roads but was otherwise unfazed, the rain has really started to bring the leaves down so that's a little nerve racking, and I remembered that my LED's aren't the water proof kind so we'll see how long they last

My frogg toggs should be here Monday and I'm bidding on a Joe Rocket Hat Trick waterproof armored jacket, it's an XXL but its brand new so I can work with it being oversized, don't they usually have adjustments?

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Don't get it too big, there should be some adjustment but if you're a L or smaller it might not help too much.

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Don't get it too big, there should be some adjustment but if you're a L or smaller it might not help too much.
My shift jacket is a XL, my leather is a 46, I'm going for it!! Should I go for the joe rockets or the Teknic?

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My shift jacket is a XL, my leather is a 46, I'm going for it!! Should I go for the joe rockets or the Teknic?

I don't have any experience with either brand, I'd go with the one that has the features you want most.

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Whip, I've got a JR textile jacket. I wear a 46 snug in a A* leather jacket and I'm a medium on a JR. I can fit into a L but it's loose to the point where unless I have layers it causes a lot of flap in 60+. Might want to try a Large locally first

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Whip, I've got a JR textile jacket. I wear a 46 snug in a A* jacket and I'm a medium on a JR. I can fit into a L but it's loose. XL might be too big for you even if you have layers.
Thanks bro, but I'm 6' and 230lbs, my XL is a little snug with a sweat shirt

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Now that I think about it, my A* jacket has a chest protector so that makes sense that you're an XL.

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Originally Posted by Whiplash97 View Post
Thanks bro, but I'm 6' and 230lbs, my XL is a little snug with a sweat shirt
You should be fine, I have an Olympia in XXL, we're about the same size. I can tighten it up enough for warm weather riding and let it out to layer up.

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