Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I ride in the rain quite a bit. I don't LEAVE when it's raining, but I tour on my bike and commute on my bike, and that often means getting wet in unpredictable midwestern weather. I've also been caught in some nasty nasty thunderstorms. I don't have a tool kit! Instead, I have a non-waterproof, non-marine amplifier for my stereo where the toolkit used to be. And that thing (waterproof speakers) pumps through the rain splashing water out of the speaker cones like nobodies business! Never had an issue. Amp doesn't get wet at all. It probably gets more moisture from dew and condensation than it ever will in a rain storm.
The only catch to that would be going through a big puddle or something. You should go slow anyway, but, that IS all open. You can, in the right spot, drop a bolt and it'll fall all the way to the concrete. So I imagine you could probably splash water up IN to the toolkit area. But, in my experience, that doesn't happen just riding on wet roads or in the rain, but probably could barreling through a thick puddle.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT