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Havn't ridden for a while. Gonna forget erverything I learnt on the MSC. April showers brings May flowers. Well it's May "SO STOP"! I'm either working or it's raining.:mad::mad::mad:
 

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Dontcha hate it?

We finally get a few days off of the rain and I've been riding. But yeah, April is a cruel month. It's finally consistently warm enough to ride all the time but it won't quite raining long enough to let you! Just teases you!
 

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Take the opportunity to "learn" about riding in the rain. Better to do it under controlled circumstances than getting caught unprepared later on. Sooner or later you're going to get wet so learn to deal with it now.

When I took the MSF experienced rider course years ago, and recently a trike course, it rained on us most of the day. While I thought it was really bad news at the time it turned out to benefit me.
 

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It's been raining here off and on for the last week. My wife and I would prefer not to ride to work on days when it will rain so we don't.

The other nuissance about the spring is the road construction! There is a stretch of about 2 miles on the main highway to work that is all torn up now and almost a death-trap for bikes. We stumbled on it last week when riding in and almost had to change my pants when I got to work.
 

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Havn't ridden for a while. Gonna forget erverything I learnt on the MSC. April showers brings May flowers. Well it's May "SO STOP"! I'm either working or it's raining.:mad::mad::mad:
If it's raining and not freezing, ride! I rarely let rain stop me from riding as long as it isn't cold too. I just slow down A LOT and thank the Lord for the badly needed moisture.

I DO understand your frustration, though. I LOVE me some sunshine!!!
 

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Take the opportunity to "learn" about riding in the rain. Better to do it under controlled circumstances than getting caught unprepared later on. Sooner or later you're going to get wet so learn to deal with it now.

When I took the MSF experienced rider course years ago, and recently a trike course, it rained on us most of the day. While I thought it was really bad news at the time it turned out to benefit me.
Not a bad idea. I got on the first course of the year and pictured us riding into snow banks, but turned to have an early if short lived taste of spring. Had beutiful sunny weather, I kinda would have preffered the rain if only for the experiance. Before the (monsoon) season started I was trying to perfect the art of manuvering a busy parking lot. Figure its foolish to go somewhere if you can't control the bike when you get there. Wouldn't hurt to get out and practice in the rain too. Except it gets dark early in the rain and we're on a graduated licensing system and can't do dark riding till late June. I know guys who gave up there position on their courses as they were calling for rain. Shows they just wanted to pass the course not neccesarily learn anything. Maybe I'll comit Saturday rain, or shine.
 

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I love riding in the rain ... as long as im warm and it does not last for days .. touring coat and pants, over boots, waterproof gloves, the worst thing for me is cleaning the bike afterwards.
Once the greasy stuff is washed off and the roads just wet, not slick, you loose around 8% of your traction ability, cornering angles and speed need modifying to suit the conditions along with balanced front and rear braking.... just stay away from the lane centers (oil ) and painted Lines.

Everybody should do the Riding Course in the rain, it makes riding in the dry just that much easier.
 

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Decided to go out Saturday rain or shine to practice riding in the rain, and the weather was warm and sunny. Went out Sunday, and found out the rain suit works good. Just went out for a short time to see how stopping was effected. Brought the brakes just past threshhold a couple of times at 60 KPH. Didn't notice a great difference. Slowed down considerably on corners. I'll try everything a little quicker next time I'm out in the wet.
 

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Decided to go out Saturday rain or shine to practice riding in the rain, and the weather was warm and sunny. Went out Sunday, and found out the rain suit works good. Just went out for a short time to see how stopping was effected. Brought the brakes just past threshhold a couple of times at 60 KPH. Didn't notice a great difference. Slowed down considerably on corners. I'll try everything a little quicker next time I'm out in the wet.
I always have my rain gear in my saddlebag. I've been drenched in "0% change of precipitation," so I've learned to never completely trust a weather forecast... And I've ridden for hours in steady rain and stayed bone dry. But I don't particularly like it. There are just too many things to think about... Cagers often don't see us when the sun's out; add a sheet of water to the mix, and less maneuverability on our part, and the chances of a crash go up considerably. If I don't have to ride in the rain, I won't. If I have to, I will, but I don't pretend that it's the same game 'cause for me it's not.
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I always have my rain gear in my saddlebag. I've been drenched in "0% change of precipitation," so I've learned to never completely trust a weather forecast... And I've ridden for hours in steady rain and stayed bone dry. But I don't particularly like it. There are just too many things to think about... Cagers often don't see us when the sun's out; add a sheet of water to the mix, and less maneuverability on our part, and the chances of a crash go up considerably. If I don't have to ride in the rain, I won't. If I have to, I will, but I don't pretend that it's the same game 'cause for me it's not.
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I do the same thing, rain gear in the saddlebag. But I agree, I'd prefer not to. I ride a motorcycle to enjoy it, and I dont enjoy riding in the rain. It's uncomfortable, even if I stay dry, it's hard to see, cagers dont see you, etc.

But it does happen. Weather forecasts can be wrong. I've been in 0% chance showers too! The Midwest is home to the highest paid metereologists and St.Louis had the first ever TV Meterologist (as opposed to just a weatherman who read the weather report from some national center) all because our weather is just so unpredictable.
 

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While I prefer sunny days. I've always figured that if you don't ride when it rains you don't ride. I may prolong leaving in the rain if it is gonna clear up soon. I will ahead and git gone if it's gonna be awhile. I might even hit the big roads instead of the twisties if it's bad enough. Worst part of it for me is the reduced vision. A lot of good days of dry riding happen on days with an 80% chance of rain. Just like a lot of wet riding is done on days with a 30% or less chance of rain.
 

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While I prefer sunny days. I've always figured that if you don't ride when it rains you don't ride. I may prolong leaving in the rain if it is gonna clear up soon. I will ahead and git gone if it's gonna be awhile. I might even hit the big roads instead of the twisties if it's bad enough. Worst part of it for me is the reduced vision. A lot of good days of dry riding happen on days with an 80% chance of rain. Just like a lot of wet riding is done on days with a 30% or less chance of rain.
I agree, guess I should qualify my "I try not to ride in the rain"

If I walk out the door and it's raining, I hop in the car. If it's super cloudy and looks like rain or is over a 50% chance of rain, I'll usually hop in the car (unless I'm just going for a joy ride with no particular destination). Under 50% and not too scary looking outside, I usually ride.

Got a buddy who won't ride above 20% chance no matter what it looks like outside. To each his own but he's missed out on some great rides! Stayed dry a couple times I came home drenched too, guess you gotta decide which one you want more!
 

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I agree, guess I should qualify my "I try not to ride in the rain"

If I walk out the door and it's raining, I hop in the car. If it's super cloudy and looks like rain or is over a 50% chance of rain, I'll usually hop in the car (unless I'm just going for a joy ride with no particular destination). Under 50% and not too scary looking outside, I usually ride.

Got a buddy who won't ride above 20% chance no matter what it looks like outside. To each his own but he's missed out on some great rides! Stayed dry a couple times I came home drenched too, guess you gotta decide which one you want more!
I'm with your buddy. Given the amount of traffic in NJ and the number of IQ points people around here seem to wash away with their windshield wipers, I take the car if there's a real chance it will rain. I've ridden in heavy heavy rain before, and don't have any particular fear of the ride itself, but I just can't trust the cars...

Also, I have to admit, I keep my bike pretty clean and shiney. It's easy to keep clean once it's clean, but after a rain, I'm looking at a 3 hour + project to get the bike back into shape. Gosh darn that clean bike neurosis!!!!
 
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