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post #1 of 32 Old Sep 30th, 2010, 12:35 pm Thread Starter
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Got Caught in the Rain

This Morning I Rode through a pretty strong Thunder Storm

I have heard that you dont get too wet but i was shocked ....My Jacket sleeve got a little wet .....
I have a Nolen Helmet.....I lowered the Winsheild down and the wind blow dryed the faceshield....it was kinda fun .....i know it is not smart to ride in the rain ...but i wont be so freaked out about the thought of it next time...


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Nothing wrong with riding in the rain. Just about anytime I have been on a long trip, I always run into rain. Had a Honda Valkyrie and it would handle rain pretty good. Had to ride in the hail / rain once on that one, and that was a booger. But it handled it well. So far, on my LT, I have been lucky. So, it sounds like you don't get too wet on the LT, is that your take on it? Any feeling of hydroplaning?
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I've found rain accumulates on the seat. Good to have water-resist pants and remove puddle frequently with hand. No hydroplaning that I've ever noticed with the Metz.

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I think you guys need to live in the UK for a few months. I ride in the rain often, whats the problem? just slow down a little and watch out for the drain covers and white lines. Good tyres work well in the wet.

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Absolutely correct! If you don't ride in the rain where I live you don't get too much opportunity to ride! I swear that the collective Departments of Transportation have collaborated to make the white lines out of a material that undergoes a phase change when it gets wet. Seems to change to ice.

Be careful out there guys!

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I think you guys need to live in the UK for a few months. I ride in the rain often, whats the problem? just slow down a little and watch out for the drain covers and white lines. Good tyres work well in the wet.

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I have a wiper with delay and all... what can I say, I an Oregonian.

I get a few laughs but when your passing Semi's on the interstate in a downpour its worth the mod.


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Absolutely correct! If you don't ride in the rain where I live you don't get too much opportunity to ride! I swear that the collective Departments of Transportation have collaborated to make the white lines out of a material that undergoes a phase change when it gets wet. Seems to change to ice.

Be careful out there guys!

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Geeze Loren, I thought there was something wrong with my tires, So it is the white line...Rode home from work the other day in the rain, and got on the white line on a curve, and OOOOhh a little butt pucker, and a quick slide sideways with very cool recovery I will ALWAYS avoid those slippery white snakes from now on!!!

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Mike! Must have how to article! A wiper would be the cat's meow!

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I have a wiper with delay and all... what can I say, I an Oregonian.

I get a few laughs but when your passing Semi's on the interstate in a downpour its worth the mod.


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I'll see what I can come up with... it was awhile ago.

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Mike! Must have how to article! A wiper would be the cat's meow!

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How about a roof? and a couple of extra wheels for stability? what about a wheel instead of bars..........oh, hang on a minute........

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I think you might have sonething there. Kind of like an in-line rickshaw. Got any plans for one?

Seruously though a wiper sounds like an awesome farkle here in rain country!

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How about a roof? and a couple of extra wheels for stability? what about a wheel instead of bars..........oh, hang on a minute........

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I am new to the LT and the Forum, but have been riding a long time and lurking here for a while.

I try real hard to avoid the rain, but not because I don't feel comfortable handling the bike in the rain (+1 on avoiding paint and tar snakes). It's the other folks on the road that scare me.

My only off happened a few years ago on my morning commute when I began turning into the 2nd half of an S curve in the rain and dark and discovered a pair of headlights right in front of me. A driver coming from the other direction had lost control and was sliding across the road. She ended up going head-on into the guard rail on my side of the road and collected me on the way by.

I was incredibly lucky, as she caught my bike just right to shunt me off to the side; I basically did a nice low side and slid down the road. As I was sliding, all I could think about was getting out of the road before I got run over by the next car. I jumped up, hopped over the guard rail, and other than a couple of bumps and bruises was unscathed (I'm an ATTGATT rider). My bike was a total loss.

Anyway, I gained a real lesson in "trip management". I made a decision that morning to take the fun, curvy road that I usually used instead of the straight one that was actually shorter but boring. I remember thinking about which route to take, and thinking "I'm a good rider...I can handle the rain and I need the practice in the wet". I was right about my end of the deal, but neglected to factor in the other folks and the lack of visibility.

So thanks for hanging with the story...my takeaway from that experience is to remember that riding safety involves a lot of decisions, some of which are made when we're not even on the bike.

I promise...this will be my one and only "preachy" post.
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I think you might have sonething there. Kind of like an in-line rickshaw. Got any plans for one?

Seruously though a wiper sounds like an awesome farkle here in rain country!

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I am new to the LT and the Forum, but have been riding a long time and lurking here for a while.

I try real hard to avoid the rain, but not because I don't feel comfortable handling the bike in the rain (+1 on avoiding paint and tar snakes). It's the other folks on the road that scare me.

My only off happened a few years ago on my morning commute when I began turning into the 2nd half of an S curve in the rain and dark and discovered a pair of headlights right in front of me. A driver coming from the other direction had lost control and was sliding across the road. She ended up going head-on into the guard rail on my side of the road and collected me on the way by.

I was incredibly lucky, as she caught my bike just right to shunt me off to the side; I basically did a nice low side and slid down the road. As I was sliding, all I could think about was getting out of the road before I got run over by the next car. I jumped up, hopped over the guard rail, and other than a couple of bumps and bruises was unscathed (I'm an ATTGATT rider). My bike was a total loss.

Anyway, I gained a real lesson in "trip management". I made a decision that morning to take the fun, curvy road that I usually used instead of the straight one that was actually shorter but boring. I remember thinking about which route to take, and thinking "I'm a good rider...I can handle the rain and I need the practice in the wet". I was right about my end of the deal, but neglected to factor in the other folks and the lack of visibility.

So thanks for hanging with the story...my takeaway from that experience is to remember that riding safety involves a lot of decisions, some of which are made when we're not even on the bike.

I promise...this will be my one and only "preachy" post.
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I have a wiper with delay and all... what can I say, I an Oregonian.

I get a few laughs but when your passing Semi's on the interstate in a downpour its worth the mod.

I am still trying to figure out that seat arrangement..........

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I am still trying to figure out that seat arrangement..........
you noticed that too, eh?
looks like the pillion seat is removed and the top case is moved up against the pilot's seat.
at first I thought I was looking at an MC Escher drawing or something.

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I think you guys need to live in the UK for a few months. I ride in the rain often, whats the problem? just slow down a little and watch out for the drain covers and white lines. Good tyres work well in the wet.

What tyres do you folks find to work better in the rain? I run Metzlers and have had them scare the soup out of me more than once in rain.

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I use Plexus to clean my windshield.
I always clean the windshield before I start out, then at every stop.
On a trip in rain, I'll stop every hour or so to refuel, stretch and reapply the Plexus.
Keeps the rain from sheeting on the windshield.
Slowing down and starting up from the stop are when I can get wet,
not during the ride.
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I have heard people talk about Metzelers with low grip for years but having tried the other options, Dunlop, Bridgestone etc. I have never experienced less traction with the Metzelers than the others. I agree with others regarding paint stripes etc. but never experienced anything that I could attribute to the tires. I have never had them slip when leaned over and scraping on both sides in the dry and I don't ride like that in the rain.

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Rain? We don't get no stinking rain around here!

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it actually rained in Vegas today!!!... more like a big sprinkle

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This Morning I Rode through a pretty strong Thunder Storm

I have heard that you dont get too wet but i was shocked ....My Jacket sleeve got a little wet .....
I bought my LT on Ebay, flew into Orlando to pick it up. Met the seller at the airport, got on and rode home to Cleveland Ohio. About 15hrs.

It was HOT in Orlando, but I always wear a jacket. So I head off in jeans, leather jacket and gloves. Jacket was only half zipped because of the heat.

Within 30 minutes, I got overtaken by a tropical storm........ Rain was coming in sideways, jacket opened up nicely and filled up with water. As a long time rider, I was used to getting wet, so it didn't really bother me that much to spend the next 8hrs riding through rain, soaked to the skin.

I don't mind getting wet. I don't mind riding in the rain. What I do mind, is waking up in a hotel the next morning and having to put on a still sopping wet, super heavy, leather jacket......... doh!

7 hours of good weather later and I was home. 3 weeks later, the jacket was dry.........

I learned my lesson. For my upcoming 4200 mile trip, I have a rain suit in one of the boxes

Oh, and good move on putting the windscreen down. Not only allows air to clear your visor, but looking through two layers of plastic is a really bad idea....... unless you have that fancy windshield wiper....

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I use Plexus to clean my windshield.
I always clean the windshield before I start out, then at every stop.
On a trip in rain, I'll stop every hour or so to refuel, stretch and reapply the Plexus.
Keeps the rain from sheeting on the windshield.
Slowing down and starting up from the stop are when I can get wet,
not during the ride.
You don't get wet during the ride???
The LT is not that good....I rode thru Nashville this year during the flood and to Quebec once during a 2 inch per hour rain....you get rained on and as wet as your gear will let you...

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I just don't like the water pooling in the seat and having a wet crotch but got a pair of Tourmaster pants ( sentinels I believe ) and these solved that problem.
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You don't get wet during the ride???
The LT is not that good....I rode thru Nashville this year during the flood and to Quebec once during a 2 inch per hour rain....you get rained on and as wet as your gear will let you...
Not much.
Rode through three heavy downpours on I-85 between Gainesville, GA to Charlotte, NC.
Got wet when I stopped for gas.
Rode through three thunderstorms between Fort Bragg, NC and Tampa, FL.
Five thunderstorms on the way back.
Got wet when I stopped for gas.
Rode in rain for the final five hours on an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000.
Minor leakage, but not really wet.

I'm more concerned about visibility (both ways) and traction.
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I just don't like the water pooling in the seat and having a wet crotch but got a pair of Tourmaster pants ( sentinels I believe ) and these solved that problem.
Get a Beadrider and watch the water channel away beneath you while you ride! Plus the cooling factor of the air moving beneath your butt in the hot weather makes it priceless!

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Beadriders do stop the wet crotch syndrome.

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Not much.
Rode through three heavy downpours on I-85 between Gainesville, GA to Charlotte, NC.
Got wet when I stopped for gas.
Rode through three thunderstorms between Fort Bragg, NC and Tampa, FL.
Five thunderstorms on the way back.
Got wet when I stopped for gas.
Rode in rain for the final five hours on an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000.
Minor leakage, but not really wet.

I'm more concerned about visibility (both ways) and traction.
Don't your gas stations have a roof over the pumps? Most around here do.

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My point was that when I'm continuously moving,
I'm fairly protected by the bike and the gear.
I get wet in stop-and-go traffic
and when I'm slowing down, stopping, and starting up from a fuel or food stop.

I spent almost thirty years in Army Special Forces.
I've been wet and cold.
This isn't wet.
If conditions are unsafe, I'll get off the road and wait it out.
If not, the rain is not a deterrent.
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My point was that when I'm continuously moving,
I'm fairly protected by the bike and the gear.
I get wet in stop-and-go traffic
and when I'm slowing down, stopping, and starting up from a fuel or food stop.

I spent almost thirty years in Army Special Forces.
I've been wet and cold.
This isn't wet.
If conditions are unsafe, I'll get off the road and wait it out.
If not, the rain is not a deterrent.
Yes, I have found that in up to moderate rain I can stay fairly dry as long as it isn't too windy and I can keep my speed above about 60 MPH. I found I stay drier with the windshield about halfway down. That seems to let the water blow off above my shoulders rather than drip off the top of the shield and then fall into my lap.

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Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about my 2009 R1200GS Adventure.
Not the same level of protection.
I've gotten wet on this ride.
Thankful for Plexus, polypro, Gore-Tex and Gerbings.
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