Re: Sac Bee - on risky motorcycles
It would be nice to hear some of the misconception about motorcycleing cleared-up.. but I supose that wouldn't sell newspapers. Most people don't really want to hear the truth.
I was riding in heavy rain 2 weeks ago on a 7 day trip, but still had good visibility. There was water on the road, so cars were slowing to 50mph. I suspect many of them would be hydroplanning at 55-60mph. However, from my experience (I've been on the racetrack in the rain, on DOT race tire with little rain grooves), motorcycles hydroplan at much higher speeds and I know how hte bike feels when its's on the edge. All is good and I'm carefully cruising by in the left lane at 55-60mph.
Most of the cagers, probably think I'm riding wrecklessly and should just sit in the right lane with the rest of them... mind you with reduced visibility from their spray.
No thank you!. I did at least turn off the cruise control... and liek I said, I slowed down to 55-60mph. In the light rain, I still humming along at 70-75mph... like everyone else (speed limit is 70).
The point being that the misconception is that it's unusually dangerous for motorcycle to be riding in the rain, and they need ot slow way down...perhaps sloer than cars because they only have 2 wheels. While I would agree for ice and snow. Wet pavement, when not oily, only gives up 10-20% traction with sticky motorcycle tires with small contact patches and generous rain grooves. The same would be for a car with rain tires.