It’s happened to everyone who has been riding for any length of time. You go out to take a nice relaxing ride. The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky, and then it happens. Your miles away from home and it starts to rain. What do you do? Panic? I hope not!!! It’s ok, really. You can get through this. You really have 2 choices when it comes to riding. You can either sell your bike because you can never trust the weather, or you can accept the fact that sometimes you will get caught in the rain and it’s ok. We have put together some tips that you may find useful if you are ever caught in or are preparing to ride in the rain.
At this point, I will say that we at travelingadventuresonwheels.com are not a training school or certified trainers. The following tips are based completely based on our own experience.
Here Are Our Tips
Tip #1- This is done before you even get on the bike. If you have not read our page on the pre-ride checklist, click on this now to read. If you have read it already, then you would know that your motorcycle should be in good mechanical condition especially when it comes to your tires. If you have bald tires, stay home. It’s that simple.
Tip #2– This is another tip that starts before you even get on the bike to ride. It has to do with gear. Having the proper gear can make a world of difference. It’s bad enough to get caught in the rain with no gear, but getting caught in the cold rain with no gear is the worst. Trust me. I have been there. There is nothing worse than riding wet and being cold at the same time. A good set of rain gear, either 1pc or 2pc is a start. Waterproof gloves and boots are also good to have. If you ride with a full-face or 3/4 face helmet, putting a little Rainex or some kind of fog/water-resistant covering will help keep the water off your visor.
Make sure you check with the helmet manufacturer before using anything on your face shield. Different Manufactures use different types of materials for their face shields. Always use what the manufacturer recommends.
Tip #3– Ok, you and your bike are ready. Time to ride. First, take a deep breath. Relax. Don’t tighten up. Remember, approx the first 15 minutes of rain will produce the most slippery conditions. During this time the oils in the road are brought to the surface. If you see a rainbow in the road, there is no pot of gold at the end. It is more than likely oil.
When vehicles stop at stop signs or intersections for any length of time, that is when the best chances for fluids to leak onto the ground. In other words, be careful at stop signs and intersections. Always look in your mirrors to make sure other vehicles coming up to the intersection or stop sign have time to stop. They can slide too. Leave yourself a way out in case the vehicle coming up behind can’t stop.
Tip#4– Accelerate slowly with a smooth motion. The same goes for braking. Start braking a little earlier than you usually would so you won’t have to brake hard close to the stopping point. In general, ride at a slower pace. Try not to lean too much when coming into your turns. Tailgating is never acceptable but is especially dangerous with wet roadways. Leave a little extra room in the rain.
Tip#5– If there is a dry part of the road, obviously ride on that part. Watch for puddles. Although it might seem fun to ride through a puddle, it can also be deadly. You have no way of knowing if that puddle is 3″ or 3′ deep. Watch for manhole covers and road sealer (also known as tar snakes.) Railroad tracks are metal and very slippery. Be careful at railroad crossings.
Tip#6– Last but certainly not least. If you are riding in the rain and you see lightning, pull over immediately. You are not as safe as you think. Do yourself a favor and pull over and get yourself away from the lightning. By the way, don’t go under a tree!!!…lol.
Hopefully, I have not scared you so much you will not ride in the rain. It might sound a little overwhelming but if you think about it, these are really all common sense tips. Some of my best trips have either started, ended, or rained at some point during the ride. I wouldn’t have missed those rides for the world. A little common sense and cautionary riding go a long way.
Now get out there and ride!!!
If you have any questions, comments, or even a tip I might have missed, leave them in the comment section below.
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