Riding in the Rain – Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

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Tips for Riding a Motorcycle in the Rain

In the December 2012 issue of “Motorcycle Cruiser” Magazine, Mark Zimmerman writes a great article with some solid tips for riding a motorcycle in the rain.

Mark’s take on riding in the rain is pretty fairly balanced, with a look back on youth and “invincibility” making riding in the rain less frightening and a look to today with more caution and care, but certainly no fear of riding in the rain.

Some of the funny comments from the article:

While I’d never suggest that riding in the rain is as pleasant as riding in the sunshine, I can tell you that it’s not particularly bad, at least not unless you’re riding through a real frog strangler, and under certain conditions, like when it’s 110 in the shade and you hit a cooling shower, it can be downright pleasant.

I’ve been caught in the rain on every motorcycle I’ve ever owned many more times than you can count, and I’ve yet to see one melt, or even suffer irreparable damage.

But he’s also got his good advice hidden in a few “tricks”:

Most importantly you need good rain gear. Riding in the rain takes some concentration, and that’s tough to come by when you’re wet and cold.

[Good rain gear . . .] provides an acceptable level of protection against road rash should the unfortunate occur, which is something that can’t be said for you average plastic rain suit.

During the first few minutes of rain, all the debris and gunk floats to the surface, making the pavement as slippery as a greased hog, so you have to tone it down some in the beginning, and be particularly cautious about riding in the middle of the lane, where all those leaky cars and trucks have been depositing their oil. It’ll take at least a half an hour of steady rain to wash it away, so treat the throttle with caution, especially if the roads have been dry for a while.

. . . adding a few extra pounds of air to the tire will help prevent aquaplaning, which occurs when the tire rides on top of the water, rather than push it aside. Increasing the tire pressure by 3-5 pounds narrows the tire’s foot print, and helps the tire’s rain sipes squeegee the water out from under the contact patch, enhancing traction.

This article is a great little read about riding in the rain.

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Author: Mark Zimmerman

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