Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Re: Mesh Riding Gear
[QUOTE=Enduro]I'll just comment on the not getting wet part. I don't find that at all. On the LT I get a strong back wash, you can easily feel it pushing on your back. What this means in rain is the water is thrown against your back and forward around you against the inside of the windshield, then it sprays back against you. In heavy rain I have to lower the shield completely so I can see over it because I get water on the outside of the shield, inside of the shield, and a misted spray on my helmet shield, too difficult to see through 3 sections of water droplets, safer to just look over the top looking through only a wet helmet shield. QUOTE]
If you are experiencing a pushing feeling on your back, your windshield is too high. Normal riding position for a windshield would be when you can just see over the top. I know that some people like to have a big protective shield in front of them when they ride, but it doesn't always provide the best envelope for air flow. The beauty of the LT is the adjustable windshield, you can set it for optimum positioning/airflow for speed and conditions. Rain is an issue for any rider of any bike. We don't have wipers, so stuff gets raindrops on it and makes it harder to see. By setting the windshield at optimum height/angle, you can reduce the amount of water you have to deal with while riding. While riding in the rain at times I will drop my windshield down to the lowest position which also gives it its greatest angle, which causes the raindrops to blow off quickly, giving me some increased visibility, at the same time the increased airflow to my helmet also blows off the drops on my visor...Kind of an air blast windshield wiper of sorts...Then back up for protection. The LT is the driest ride I've ever experienced on a motorcycle in the rain. Living in Washington State makes that a major plus. Oh and living out here in Western Washington, we only hope it gets hot enough to bake in our riding gear!!!
2000 K1200LT "a great ride"
2002 GL1800 powerful, but boring..(gone)
1979 XS1100 (gone)
1986 VT500 Ascot (gone)
1972 Honda 500-4 (gone)
1961 Lambretta (way gone)
1962 Allstate Compact (gone but not forgotten)
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