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I check the forecast this morning and the forecaster is giving it a 50/50 chance of rain. And being the moron that I am, I decide to take the chance and ride my new bike.

So I take off and 1/4 of the way down the mtn, it starts pouring, really hard. My visor has rain/mist on it, visibility is down to 25-30 feet, no where to turn around, and the Interstate is several miles away. I'm going down these mtn twisties (real slow and careful) and several times I feel my rear tires sliding out - I'm thinking "please don't let me drop my new bike!!!" I make it to the Interstate and head home.

I HATE riding in the rain! I will never go out riding under conditions like that again.

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and the 10 day forecast for our area is all rain and no sun! Its only september, its supposed to be nice still, I'm not ready for the rainy season!
 

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and the 10 day forecast for our area is all rain and no sun! Its only september, its supposed to be nice still, I'm not ready for the rainy season!
You're singing to the choir here - I really feel that we got ripped off this summer, remember we got 3X the normal amount of rainfall for August - This whole weather deal has made me sooooooo cranky!!!

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Rain riding is no fun at all. And the first 30 minutes of rain is the most dangerous time since the road is getting washed of gas and oil. Whenever possible, take cover when the rain starts. That's when the road is most slick.
 

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mikimoto said:
spok said:
and the 10 day forecast for our area is all rain and no sun! Its only september, its supposed to be nice still, I'm not ready for the rainy season!
You're singing to the choir here - I really feel that we got ripped off this summer, remember we got 3X the normal amount of rainfall for August - This whole weather deal has made me sooooooo cranky!!!

Miki

Just one more reason for why I left Oregon!! I don't mind the heat here in Phoenix, and the winter (if you want to call them "winters") are awesome here.....75 degrees in November!!! :D 8)
 

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Just one more reason for why I left Oregon!! I don't mind the heat here in Phoenix, and the winter (if you want to call them "winters") are awesome here.....75 degrees in November!!! :D 8)
I'm not throwing stones here, just my personal preference - I lived in Phoenix for ten years, and the summers are so brutal. I remember once we were riding down the Superstition Hwy, it was so hot, it felt like we were being hit with a blow torch. The summer's there were too hot to ride. We rode in late October thru April there.

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When I took my safety class it was a hour long down pour, at the begining. Besides the fact that the rain on the visor was terrible, I enjoyed the rain riding.
When I got stuck out in a drizzle, I was terrified of other cars and just thinking how little traction I actully had.
 

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you have more traction than a car in actuality just not 4 wheels, and the chances of hydroplaning a moto are very slim, so some drizzle every now and then is good to heighten your senses.
 

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you have more traction than a car in actuality just not 4 wheels, and the chances of hydroplaning a moto are very slim
I'm realizing that you're wanting so badly to "teach this little lady a lesson in traction" but I am aware of those facts. And I posted this in the LADIES ONLY forum because I wanted to hear from other LADIES, if I was interested in hearing from guys I would of posted in the Main Forum.

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mikimoto said:
I'm realizing that you're wanting so badly to "teach this little lady a lesson in traction" but I am aware of those facts. And I posted this in the LADIES ONLY forum because I wanted to hear from other LADIES, if I was interested in hearing from guys I would of posted in the Main Forum.

Miki
Alrighty then. Apologies. I'll steer clear of here from now on. :shock:
 

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There is nothing to be afraid of riding in the rain. I have done it alot. I carry a rain suit around with me all the time, because you never know what the weather is going to do here. The only difference is that I take things slower and easier in the rain. Remember that stopping distance will be increased some....easier to go into a skid if you hit your brakes too hard, so brake gently and pump if necessary. Jamming your brakes will throw you into a skid.

Also be more aware of the road surface....stripes, lines and other markings on the roads are very slick sometimes. If you come up on a large puddle in the road slow down a bit and maintain a steady speed before you go through it.

That is my 2cents on rain riding.....I enjoy it until it turns to hail or sleet!!!!

Heather
 
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