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Hello fellow RT riders. I've been pondering which ESA selection is best for rain soaked roads? The Sport mode should stiffen the suspension, which will improve tire contact with the road?

Please share your thoughts.

Thanks.

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I doubt if ESA has much affect on handling on wet roads. In the rain you are interested in traction and not suspension. Most of us slow down ib thr rain anyway.

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I am in no way a suspension expert, however, I would think that you would want to keep the ESA off of the comfort mode as that mode will allow the bike to "wallow" if you will and if traction is any issue I don't think you want the weight of the bike going up and down, especially around a wet curve.

I have Todd Thompson's book on riding in my library and every fall pull it out to just get a few reminders on riding in the rain. The book is "Rain Riding Techniques: A Guide to Wet Weather" (no affiliation).
 

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FWIW Formula One cars go to softer settings for running in rain.

I think I would on an RT as well, as I'd want tires on the road and not bouncing and skipping, which would lead to spinning.

Having written that, I don't have ESC and I'm for sure not stopping to manually adjust my shock for rain.

Best approach to preparing for rain IMHO would be installation of ASC if not already installed.
 

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lkchris said:
FWIW Formula One cars go to softer settings for running in rain.

I think I would on an RT as well, as I'd want tires on the road and not bouncing and skipping, which would lead to spinning.

Having written that, I don't have ESC and I'm for sure not stopping to manually adjust my shock for rain.

Best approach to preparing for rain IMHO would be installation of ASC if not already installed.
+1 ABSOLUTELY, Having spannered for a privateer in British Superbikes, if it rained we always softened the suspension off and put a few extra psi in the tyres (to open up the tread)
I too don't have ESA and I AINT stopping to adjust it either.
FWIW MOTO GP soften off as well!!
 

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yo1200yo said:
{snip}...I too don't have ESA and I AINT stopping to adjust it either...{snip}
+1 on the softened damping.

One good thing about ESA is the "on-the-fly" damping adjustment; no need to stop.

However, I've found it impossible to adjust tire pressures without stopping... ;)
 
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