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post #1 of 35 Old 08-20-2013, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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riding in the rain

OK, so I got caught riding in my first major hardcore raining sheets downpour!!! Cars were putting on hazards going 20mph and such... However I was having a really unbelievably easy to control during experience except for the fog on my visor and the rain squeezing thru the visor seams and running down the inside!! I mean it was pouring but my motorcycle didn't have a bit of problems. Lol I've ridden in the rain a maybe 10 times but nothing like this. There was like an inch or two of water running on the road and I was cruisin' had to get home. I didn't want to wait it out. I saw how big it was on doppler before leaving work. I even passed a Sheriff who was probably wondering how I was cruising so well. He was going like 25 as well. Lol I was even getting up to speeds as high as 60+ mph.. at times it seemed it was skipping across the water.. which Google says is aquaplaning lol?!? It was an awesome ride and I have a much higher respect for my motorcycle in the rain she handled like a champ!! Cleaned the air filter in the morning and the water didn't even make it past the air filter! Good design anyone ever rode in a storm and wanna share

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I want to know how you see thru all the rain drops on your visor?

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I want to know how you see thru all the rain drops on your visor?
Rain-x. Not the regular kind. There is a formula specific to motorcycle visors that you can get at your local motorcycle shop. They cost about a buck each and can get two applications out of each.

Rode in the rain all the time so I'm used to it. The key to riding in the wet is to be smooth in all your inputs.

There are various solutions to the fog issue such as foggy mask, pinlock, etc.

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I want to know how you see thru all the rain drops on your visor?
Put rain gear on, take gloves off, and use left hand as windshield wiper.

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Put rain gear on, take gloves off, and use left hand as windshield wiper.
That's just silly. How about instead, keeping your gloves on so you don't rash up your hand in case something happens and use the glove as a windshield wiper? Worried about the armor on the gloves messing up the shield? Then wipe using the palm or finger side of the glove.

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or buy a decent pair of waterproof gloves that come with a windshield wiper on the index finger!

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That's just silly. How about instead, keeping your gloves on so you don't rash up your hand in case something happens and use the glove as a windshield wiper? Worried about the armor on the gloves messing up the shield? Then wipe using the palm or finger side of the glove.
The glove wasn't getting it done. In a downpour I couldn't see a thing when I used the glove (Which is sketchy in twisty mountain roads at night). My bare hand was working better.

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or buy a decent pair of waterproof gloves that come with a windshield wiper on the index finger!
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I want to know how you see thru all the rain drops on your visor?
Plexus plastic cleaner. Works great and have had a few opportunities to test it out. It's basically a plastic polish that provides the same results as Rain-X.



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Two out of thousands of rain riding experiences stand out for me:

Entered in an endurance race in Colorado more years ago than I care to count, I was co rider on a Monotrack Kawasaki H1, and during one of my stints it started to rain, then hail, but the thunderstorm that caused it all never got there. It was announced that as long as there was one bike on the track the race would continue regardless of the weather. Well, I decided to stay out for as long as I could and see what happened. 1 1/2 hours later I had put 42 laps on the rest of the field despite a destroyed windscreen, cracked face shield, and all the paint on the front of the fairing and my helmet blasted off by the hail. During that run I was radar clocked at 128 miles per hour, and I never used the rear brake once.

I was at work and intended to ride to my brother's house, about 26 freeway miles distant, when I got off. Naturally it started to rain a 1/2 hour before I left, and by the time I left it had attained Biblical volume. Cars were going 30 MPH max, except for the carpool lane which was inexplicably empty so I got myself over there and dialed up the throttle to about 70 or so. Even had to dodge around a car that was surprised by seeing a motorcycle out in this weather.

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or buy a decent pair of waterproof gloves that come with a windshield wiper on the index finger!
Now that's a decent idea, I had no idea that type of thing existed! My only problem with that will be having gloves with me when the storm rolls in

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Yep, gloves were my windshield wiper lol It was an experience like your ride home from work for sure but the racing blows my mind 100+ with hail wow bro crazy sht!!! I never thought of rain-x I will get some for sure..... I need some windshield wiper gloved too lol

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I tried to find your ditty on here and the link was wanting me to log in and I forgot my I'd and password lmao but ya I'll get u started lemme hear our diddy bout snakes on the wet tar lol

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Your diddy lol typo

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Now that's a decent idea, I had no idea that type of thing existed! My only problem with that will be having gloves with me when the storm rolls in
is it me???? or does anyone else here imagine they are thinking these "windshield wiper gloves" have a real windshield wiper feature?


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Yep, gloves were my windshield wiper lol It was an experience like your ride home from work for sure but the racing blows my mind 100+ with hail wow bro crazy sht!!! I never thought of rain-x I will get some for sure..... I need some windshield wiper gloved too lol
DO NOT USE REGULAR RAIN-X. It will permanently damage your plastic visor, been there done that.

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As it is humid regularly here Pinlocks are the best. No fogging. They are great things.

We also have a product here called Pledge, its a furniture polish. I spray my visor every morning before the ride to work to clean it. And if it rains just turn your head to one side and it flows away. Amazing stuff. Ive been using it for years.

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I like furniture polish trick too - not sure if other brands besides PLEDGE work, but pledge is great.

The only wiper on a glove that I've used is when they have a terry cloth back on the index finger to clear your screen - its not terrible but I avoid riding in rain at all in Midwest...used to get caught pretty regular in Seattle area - rainstorms are different here than there.

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Man has an inherent desire to conquer things - like the elements. Wet road stability on rain tires is better than one might think. Hydroplaning is unheard of. Frequently turning your head side to side helps rain run off the visor. The Respro Foggy is great for controlling shield fogging by directing your hot breath out the bottom of the helmet. I wear mine all year. Rain is insidious and good gear ain't cheap but well worth the price.
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I now want rain gear! lol

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I still got soaked last week using my frog togs.

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Now that's disappointing lol you in Austin too???

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Wow thanks for the links!

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Used a rain suit I have and pretty amazing that I was completing dry at my destination.


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Pretty amazed to hear that hydroplaning doesn't seem to be an issue or even a concern. I know what it feels like in a car and don't ever want to go there again. Even if actual hydroplaning isn't the same concern as with a car, traction has to be reduced on a wet surface compared to a dry one. I know what a bitch visibility can be though. Not fun.

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I rode back from Wellsboro PA in the rain, and I mean RAIN, on PR3's. Never an issue at the posted speed limit, i was quite impressed.

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A lot of people have the misconception that motorcycles lack grip when it's raining but as long as you aren't looking for traction on slippery things like man hole covers you'll most likely have more traction than you can use. Look on YouTube for videos, you can lean way over when it's wet. Visibility (yours and cagers) is way more dangerous.

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+1 to what crime dog said. More traction there in the wet than you'd think.

Wether driving or riding, the key is to be smooth with your inputs. Commuted on the 919 daily in the rain in Oregon with zero issues. In fact. Riding in foul weather/night is safer than broad daylight apparently. Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are much much lower compared to accidents that take place during broad daylight.

As to visibility, you get used to it if you train yourself. Meaning, don't have your wipers at full speed for just a sprinkle. For motorcycle helmets, there are things similar to rain-x that work really well.

For hydroplaning, it's all about the appropriate speed in response to the driving environment and whether tires are correctly treaded for wet conditions.

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Yea after that one day at the track where it was raining and somewhat cold I'll never look at wet traction the same again. Although rain usually means riding well within your means in traction in case of being to maneuver or sudden traction lost from oil or slippery road paint.

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