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Sep 8th 2019, 07:29 AM   #1
 Riki5156's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Rainy days

No today’s ride cause of rain. Looks like maybe this Wednesday or Thursday is the best shot for the next 10 days. I see some people riding when wet and they may be commuters but I wonder how many recreational riders actually like to ride in rain? I hate it myself and my bought new 83 Suzuki has never been rained on. What’s the word everyone? Like it or not?
Sep 8th 2019, 08:18 AM   #2
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
If it's showers and the cells can be tracked on radar, I'll sometimes dart out around them for supplies or whatever.

When thick gray blanket frog stranglers cover the PNW, "Eh, think I'll do that later."
Sep 8th 2019, 01:33 PM   #3
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
I rode to church this morning in the rain. No problem. Rain doesn't stop me from riding, but it does put a damper on things. My gear is waterproof and the bike is waterproof.

Rain though poses some unique challenges...even after the skies dry up. That rain from Saturday night will have washed mud and debris out onto the roads. And it'll continue to be that way till next May.

Chris
Sep 8th 2019, 02:22 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
if you've got some good gear it isn't bad...rain on the visor and fogging up glasses are the worst part for me...I don't look out the window and see it raining and think "hey good day for a ride" that's for sure...
Sep 8th 2019, 02:40 PM   #5
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
Try RainX for the visor. I've used it since 2006 with no issues with my visors. Water just beads up and sheets off to the side.

Supposedly, there's a version made for plastic, but I've always used the glass version.

Chris
Sep 8th 2019, 03:10 PM   #6
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Today’s ride

I can ride in the rain,the issue is it deteriorates the motorcycle terribly. Gets it filthy and motorcycles are hard to get really clean. The only time I had to ride in the rain was in 74-75 on my 74 Suzuki GT 750 when I rode daily from Milwaukie to downtown Portland for work.It really did a job on the cosmetics of the bike.Ive never ridden in the rain since.
Sep 8th 2019, 03:47 PM   #7
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
As a Majesty scooter lady rider stated, "If you don't ride in the rain in Seattle, you don't ride."

Chris
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Sep 8th 2019, 05:59 PM   #8
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
I don't ride "in the rain" but there are many riding days that will have an early morning mist or that you might hit a brief wet spot now and again, and it really helps if you don't mind getting a little wet. If your bike is an objet d'amor then you miss a lot of riding because of fearing that little wetness. I'm on the hunt for a KLR so I can pick up those additional riding days in September/October, and then in Spring in like March and April when it sometimes gets warm early. It'll be nice to have a bit longer season.

I think the discussion of riding in the rain goes a lot to what people think of their bikes. There are some art-pieces that you dust off after every ride, wax the tank, and fret over, and then there are bikes people treat like cars, the commuter BMW's and ADV bikes with the Aerostich dudes who are always wet and dirty. The guys who like to get in the front of the ferry line, for example.

Edited by Sentinel on Sep 8th 2019 at 06:01 PM
Sep 8th 2019, 06:03 PM   #9
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
I ride sport-touring bikes with lots of plastic. They help keep you from hitting the rain directly and aren't a problem keeping clean...or letting them get dirty.

Chris
Sep 8th 2019, 06:22 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riki5156
I can ride in the rain,the issue is it deteriorates the motorcycle terribly. Gets it filthy and motorcycles are hard to get really clean. The only time I had to ride in the rain was in 74-75 on my 74 Suzuki GT 750 when I rode daily from Milwaukie to downtown Portland for work.It really did a job on the cosmetics of the bike.Ive never ridden in the rain since.
so I knew a guy like that...on an everyday type of ride he said he spent 30-45 minutes cleaning his bike..a sportster...he rode in the rain once like you and said he had to spend an hour and a half cleaning his bike..and that was too much even for him...he also would not for the life of him ride on gravel..that might take two hours to clean...I've got to wonder..if rain (water) is bad..deteriorates it..for your bike..what do you wash it with?

Edited by chadams66 on Sep 8th 2019 at 06:25 PM
Sep 8th 2019, 08:09 PM   #11
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
What concerns me more, is the lack of experience a rider has who only rides in dry weather. At least in the Pacific NorthWet. There's only so many rides a rider like that gets in the available days of a year.

I've heard it said that someone like that can claim to have 20 years of riding experience. But in reality, they have 1 year repeated over 20 years.

Chris
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Sep 8th 2019, 08:51 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
I like a clean bike. Doing that cosmetic maintenance is a good way to keep an eye on things that might come loose, chain tension, tire damage, leaks, etc. Of course I have a Harley so things coming loose is not unusual.

And yes, I have ridden this bike on dirt and in the rain sometimes, some things are hard to forecast in the NW. I have also ridden in hail and light snow although that time was not intentionally.

Nothing wrong with cleaning your bike. Zen, ya' know.
Sep 9th 2019, 08:24 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
I think that everyone needs to get some foul weather riding experience, if for no other reason than they will have a feel for it when they get "caught out" in the nasties.

The decision process for foul weather riding, at least on Planet Texasl:
  • Will the gearing up and ungearing take almost as much time as the ride?
  • What is my destination, motorcycle related or routine?
  • Distance in rain vs dry, i.e. am I going to the "dry side?"
  • Temps?

After 40+ years of chasing the front tyre, I don't have to impress anyone, and my Tacoma has a heater and a cup holder.
Sep 9th 2019, 08:46 AM   #14
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
My criteria tends to be...
  • Will it be freezing? 35F and rain is fine. With the gear I have, it is comfortable.
  • Can I take my gear off and put it on out of the weather. I don't mind wearing my gear into a store to buy something and coming back out.
I'm going to the prison tonight in Monroe. (I lead a seminary class in there.) I already know I'm driving the Subaru. The first criteria is no issue. But I have no where to change except next to the bike and I know it'll be raining with thunderstorms in the area.

On the other hand, yesterday I went to church. And while it was raining, the temp was no where close to 35F. And I can wear my gear inside the church, and hang it up inside. So I rode. And the parking area that was jammed through the warm sunny summer months only had my bike and the bike of one of the worship team members. It'll be that way till next May probably.

Chris

Edited by Daboo on Sep 9th 2019 at 08:50 AM
Sep 9th 2019, 11:05 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I have always enjoyed riding in the rain as long as it is not super cold. Or I pick the wrong gear to put on for the day. A perforated leather racing suit is NOT a good choice when you get caught in a rain storm and it is 60 degrees out. That wind chill wicks all the heat away, and quickly.
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