Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Glen Alpine, NC, USA
As far as protection at 75 on the LT, today my wife and I were heading west on I-40 in a solid downpour at 73 Deg. indicated temp wearing, like it or not, shorts and short sleeve shirts. Traveling at 80 mph we were waving at all the east bound riders on everything but Beemers, and we were laughing as you could see how wet their rainsuits were! As long as your moving at plus 55 mph in my experience you will stay pretty dry. In fairness, my Cavalcade kept us pretty dry also.
Hydroplaning - bottom line - stay with your comfort zone.
I have never had a hydroplaning issue on a motorcycle. Planing is a product of contact patch, therefore 4 wheelers are more likely to plane before bikes. I probably have hundreds of stories where the cages are pulling over and we just keep pounding down the road. Anytime I've hit deep enough water to plane, the bike actually slows down like it hit sand. What scares me is the light, just barely damp roads where the rain channels in the tire can't do their job. In addition turning in town with slightly damp roads makes me more nervous than 80mph down the freeway.
One more note, just to put things in perspective, racetrack conditions in the rain mirror the experience on the street, except for a little more glycol and oil on the streets. I've run on banked tracks on DOT tires in full downpours and have not had to slow down on the banking due to hydroplaning. Here your talking well over 120 mph. That's good enough to make a believer out of me. Remember, on DOT tires, not full racing rains!
2004 - LT - Anthracite