Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
+1 on ANY good rain gear. It's invaluable.
Bottom line, rain gear is one thing you just can't skimp on, and every biker who rides more than just on 0% chance of rain days should have (on the bike all the time if possible). Being drenched and cold is miserable. It might be 100 degrees out there but the temp drops quick when the rains come in, on top of that cold water pelting you.. it's just miserable, AND distracting without good gear.
I dedicate one of my hard saddlebags to 'incidentals'. I have a first aid kit, rain gear, change of clothes (gym shorts and a t-shirt, if I ever really got stranded and had to find a motel I'd have something to sleep in, or change into when it's done raining if I got wet), some shop towels, and a few tools/odds and ends. Not everyone needs that but since I do a lot of long distance riding, including one-day long distance rides where I come home, it's invaluable. Don't have to think about it, it's just always there. So if I'm two hours from home and the heavens break loose, all I have to do is pull over, throw my rain gear on underneath my riding gear, close vents on my riding gear, and keep on going.
I ALSO keep hand warmers, and plastic rain-ponchos in there. The ponchos work in a pinch and if you're riding with a group, you can pass them out to the less-prepared folks. Like 85 cents at wal-mart. The hand/boot warmers are useful when the temp drops severely. I've been out riding on an 85 degree day and it suddenly drop to 50 or even 40 degrees along with a HARD rain, those hand/boot warmers are invaluable. 50 isn't bad but it is when it's pouring!
"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