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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in the rain?

I'm supposed to be riding from Texas to Arkansas this weekend to ride the Talimena Drive but there is a strong chance of thunderstorms in my area on Friday. The weather forecast clears up mostly in Arkansas. Sould I risk it and go or just cancel my trip? What's your opinion on riding in the rain?
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 03:30 PM
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I personally think it depends on a lot of things:

In no particular order...
1. How confident are you in your riding abilities?
2. What kind of rain gear do you have?
3. How bad is the storm going to be? Long heavy showers or short heavy showers or light rain all day or...?
4. If you do get caught in it will there be somewhere to wait out the worst of it?
5. How badly do you want to do the ride in Arkansas?! Will it still be fun if it's wet?

I got caught once on an interstate in torrential rain... idiots in cages speeding past, nowhere to pull over (not even a curb lane) and I could barely see 100ft in front of me. Scariest ride of my life and not something I would ever tempt fate with again.

Go with your gut and be safe
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I'd go if I were you. I get soaked in heavy rain numerous times every summer as there is always a chance of thunder storms during the dog days of summer here. The worst is riding at night in the rain, I can certainly do without that ever again. That happened to me on a long trip out to Nova Scotia, I checked into my hotel, dripping water all over the hotel lobby. Every lamp in my room was lit all night but with my riding gloves and leather jacket draped over them to help them dry. On the way home, guess what? yep, more rain.

But if you see professional storm chaser vehicles on the same road your on, get the hell outta there fast.

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I started riding more when there is a risk of rain because i want the experience 'under my belt'. I plan on doing some road trips in the future and i want to be prepared. The way i see it, i get the experience and i get to start working out the bugs in my rain gear (among other things). Sometimes it also makes for an interesting stories around the campfire

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If your tires are good and have a full face helmet and shield then go for it.
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It may dampen some of the enjoyment, but I'd go anyway. Been in rain plenty. Not on purpose, but we can't control mother nature when we are miles from home. Slow and steady as she goes.

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that's a looooong trip to be in the rain the whole way

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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 06:26 PM
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M'Lady makes some good points. I just came back from a road trip and did some riding in the rain. My gear is great. I felt comfortable. My bike road very well too. Minimal traffic to worry about on the roads I went on. I had a full face, but no shield, and even wore fingerless gloves. I felt fine.

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Riding in the rain with good tires is not a bad thing. Have ridden in many storms.
the more protection you have the better. Road snakes could become an issue. You
Cant see them in a heavy storm. So ride safe, but don't miss out on a great time because
of some thunderstorms

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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 10:50 AM
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Jack_2bad - What are road snakes? Are they literally snakes on the roads or is it another name for something else???

For me, I've always shy'd away from riding in the rain (coming from the world of sport bikes where I only rode within town). But I do plan on doing much longer rides at some point and I know I'll be hitting not so ideal weather down the line. I'd say go for it and pull over somewhere safe when it gets too much for you and just wait it out. And don't ride when it's dark and rainy.

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