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Riding in the rain

Postby HillVR » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:26 pm



As a new Goldwing rider I am looking for tips on riding in the rain. Rode for a few minutes yesterday and did not like it. The wife and I are going on a 5 hour trip and I want to make sure I have everything in order. Thanks!



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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:48 pm

I have been in the rain many times. Once all the way from Akron, Ohio to Sarasota, Fl. That ride took me 22 hours. There areb a few things that you can do to make it a little easier. Make sure you have good rubber on the bike, slow down. leave a lot more room between you and other vehicles, easy on the gas and brakes when changing speed. Most important, if you start to feel uncomfortable PULL OVER!! Let the rain subside and then start out again. I have spent my time under cover, bridges, bank drive thrus etc more than once.

You might get used to riding in the rain but you will never like it.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby rono24 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:20 pm

I raced bikes for many years sliding around and down the track was part of life did not bother me but riding in the rain scares the H out of me. I ride very cautious in the rain and stop if I think I need to. Spent a lot time under overpasses also and time waiting it out at a gas station. Take it easy and do not get brave use your head.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby keithg64 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:06 pm

along with all of that, a good rain suit, riding boots that is waterproof, good set of gloves and when its raining I have a full face helmet.
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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby riffraff » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:26 am

The best advice for rain riding I can give you besides "don't if you don't have to." is get a good rainsuit, mink oil your leather goods, put plastic bags on your feet then your boots . Latex gloves then your riding gloves. try to stay relaxed. If you feel yourself getting tense and tightening up, pull over and rest a bit. Just do everything slower& smoother. Don't rush.Where ever you're going will still be there.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:04 pm

Good advice by all the posts. The only thing I have added to my equipment is those Hand warmers. the one's that you can find in any sporting good store. "Hot HandsS-2, many different brands you will find and very cheap.I have several in my bags at all times
It's when you get wet you seem to get very cold, well at least I do. Also great for cold weather riding, can place in your boots.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby wayne ian » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:41 pm

I am a new wing owner 2006 As for rain I have logged many many miles in rain KEEP YOUR FEET DRY wet feet will ruin a day.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:26 am

I would also suggest riding in the tracks left by cars, often the middle of the road is higher than where the car wheels run (Due to less wear), so the water is less deep and it is tempting to ride the bike on that section of the road. Unfortunately due to the lack of use, that part of the road also contains oil and debris, so you usually get more grip by riding in the sections where the car tyres have run..

The best advise is to slow down and leave more space, or if possible just stop until the rain has passed.. You do get more comfortable riding in the rain over time, but it's best to avoid it if you can!! :)

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby dingdong » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:04 am

All good advice previously just not all necessary. Especially in the hot summer months. I find it best to at least have a rain jacket. I have a full suit but rarely put the bottoms on. The upper body is where most of the body heat will be lost causing you to get cold even on a hot day. I have never been on a long trip that I didn't get caught in the rain. I actually like riding in the rain but it is a matter of having done it so many times. I won't postpone a trip because it is raining. Just have to be extra careful. The worst period for riding in the rain is when it first starts. The oil on the road is very slippery then.
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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:14 pm

My regular everyday gear is water RESISTANT. If I were to be stopped in a downpour, I would get wet. But the combination of the Wing's fairing and my water resistant gear keeps me dry.

Two exceptions: boots and gloves. My regular everyday riding boots are waterproof (but breathable), and I have separate waterproof gloves for rain (if it's cold, I wear my heated gloves).

That said, in the summer, I've often taken off my jacket's outer layer leaving behind the armored mesh, and I'll have on my mesh overpants, neither of which (obviously) are waterproof in any way. But if I'm wearing the mesh, it's because it's so hot that I actually welcome a shower to cool me off!

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WA9FWT » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:11 pm

WingAdmin wrote:My regular everyday gear is water RESISTANT. If I were to be stopped in a downpour, I would get wet. But the combination of the Wing's fairing and my water resistant gear keeps me dry.

Two exceptions: boots and gloves. My regular everyday riding boots are waterproof (but breathable), and I have separate waterproof gloves for rain (if it's cold, I wear my heated gloves).

That said, in the summer, I've often taken off my jacket's outer layer leaving behind the armored mesh, and I'll have on my mesh overpants, neither of which (obviously) are waterproof in any way. But if I'm wearing the mesh, it's because it's so hot that I actually welcome a shower to cool me off!


How do you get heated gloves ?

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:03 pm

WA9FWT wrote:How do you get heated gloves ?

WA9FWT Phil


I don't know about most people, but personally, I just rode down to Cyclemax Ohio (it's 10 minutes from my house), tried on a few pair until I found some I liked, paid Gary some money, and took them home. I wired a switch in to turn them on and off, and that's about it!

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WA9FWT » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:33 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
WA9FWT wrote:How do you get heated gloves ?

WA9FWT Phil


I don't know about most people, but personally, I just rode down to Cyclemax Ohio (it's 10 minutes from my house), tried on a few pair until I found some I liked, paid Gary some money, and took them home. I wired a switch in to turn them on and off, and that's about it!

ok , I get it.....was just wondering how many watts it takes to heat those gloves.Will have to look into that.Not often I need heated gloves, and whenI do, I use those " Hot HandS-2 " Tnx. Phil WA9FWT

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:50 am

Ah. 27 watts, or 2.2 amps for the gloves. Not something you probably want to have on sitting in traffic at idle, but the bike can more than easily power them when at normal riding speeds.

I have changed all of my lights to LEDs, I have quite a bit of auxiliary lighting on the back (also all LEDs), I have two 35-watt driving lights up front, plus assorted electronic gear, and I still have more than enough power left to power the gloves.

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:10 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Ah. 27 watts, or 2.2 amps for the gloves. Not something you probably want to have on sitting in traffic at idle, but the bike can more than easily power them when at normal riding speeds.

I have changed all of my lights to LEDs, I have quite a bit of auxiliary lighting on the back (also all LEDs), I have two 35-watt driving lights up front, plus assorted electronic gear, and I still have more than enough power left to power the gloves.


Thats some thing I haven't done yet is install Led lights. Now that I installed a Trike kit which does not come with lights, going to install
LEDs on the InstaTrike.Thanks for the info on the gloves.
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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby RexAubrey » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:16 pm

LEDs are the winter project for my wing.

WA9FWT,

Training wheels:?: :?: :?: :?: Just kidding. :D Nice 4 wheeler. :lol:
Sorry i could not resist. ;)
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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby thrasherg » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:33 pm

RexAubrey wrote:LEDs are the winter project for my wing.

WA9FWT,

Training wheels:?: :?: :?: :?: Just kidding. :D Nice 4 wheeler. :lol:
Sorry i could not resist. ;)



That's exactly what I thought!! :) I assume the outer wheels can move up and down? Or put another way, how does the rear wheel maintain contact with the road when on uneven surfaces?

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:38 pm

thrasherg wrote:
RexAubrey wrote:LEDs are the winter project for my wing.

WA9FWT,

Training wheels:?: :?: :?: :?: Just kidding. :D Nice 4 wheeler. :lol:
Sorry i could not resist. ;)



That's exactly what I thought!! :) I assume the outer wheels can move up and down? Or put another way, how does the rear wheel maintain contact with the road when on uneven surfaces?

Gary


Gary, the outer wheels are independent of the back drive wheel.The axels that hold the outer wheels are whats used on all kinds of trailers.They can be set to your own preference and are in contact at all times, no matter if the road is uneven or not.One thing I did notice was driving on gravel.I didn't even know I was on gravel it was so steady ......going up uneven drive ways at very slow speeds is also
a dream now.Driving around other bikes in a parking lot and you feel like the bike is going to tip like on two wheels and you excelerate to keep from falling.Well that will never happen with having the two extra wheels. Five minutes time to remove the outer wheels, and back to a cycle. I sure like it... WA9FWT Phil

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Re: Riding in the rain

Postby RexAubrey » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:38 am

Phil,

I really was kidding. I like it. There was a goldwing that was being sold on ebay that said it was a trike but actually had what looked like training wheels on it they were slightly forward of the rear wheel and were only about 10" wheels set to ride just above the pavement just like the training wheels on my kids bikes.

Yours looks much better and ride stabilization must be amazing.

Rex


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