Originally Posted by painlessbob
What are recommended ways to safely figure out how far to push the LT on wet roads? I am very, very uncomfortable doing turns on wet or even damp roads. I'd like to get over my fear, but don't know how to practice it. Just going faster until something bad happens doesn't seem like the best option.
My first suggestion is to never feel like you are pushing the bike on wet roads. I am also quite uncomfortable doing turns on wet roads and I have a very healthy fear of it. This is one of those fears that you should thank God you have. As everyone else has said, the tar snakes and oils in the road are the worst hazards to watch out for. The oil drippings from cagers are going to hit the center of the lane and on most roads the oil will wash off to the right. Keeping to the high side, left of center, will avoid a lot of the slippery mess. Speaking of tenseness, there is a certain relaxation or good feeling that comes over you when you know you are going slow enough for the conditions. I've never had any desire to see how far I could push it in the rain. This is my top ten list that has worked for me for the last 34 years ...
1. Gullywashers ... find an underpass and let it move on through
2. Tarsnakes ... stay as vertical as possible, slow down ahead of time in curves
3. Parallel tarsnakes ... stay off of them if possible, if necessary for lane changes, cross at biggest angle possible
4. Oil ... keep to high side of road if you can
5. Diagonal railroad crossings ... slow down and try to cross at 90 degrees
6. Metal grate bridges ... keep enough speed for stability and stay as vertical as possible
7. Turns ... make major bank angle reductions by slowing down ahead of time
8. Following distance ... triple your normal limit
9. Defensive scan ... remember, you're even harder to see now
10. Temperature ... beware of ice on bridges