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post #1 of 9 Old 04-05-2017, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Riding in the Rain. Thunderstorms?

I grew up racing Enduro's and Moto X so I have ridden in every kind of miserable condition the southeast has to offer.
When I lived in Cali and used to commute by motorcycle, I rode in the rain all the time. I moved back to Florida in the last few years and now commute more often than not by motorcycle. Now we are coming into the rainy months with afternoon thundershowers developing around the same time I head in to work (2nd) shift. Florida is the lightning capitol of the world and I must admit it really scares me.

I have had a really close lightening strike when riding in a storm in the past, close enough that I was shocked up both of my arms. I am pretty chicken and head for cover when it starts to thunder. So I was just curious how you guys treat Thunderstorms and rain.

Do you ride in the rain, or opt for a cozy commute in the car? If you do not ride in the rain is it due to the added dangers associated with it or is it more due to a hate to get the bike all filthy? Thanks in advance and ride safe.

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I actually enjoy riding in the rain sometimes, especially if its been a hot day, I can get out into the country and away from traffic. I can't really show up at work wringing wet, so I'll almost drive in if its raining in the morning. If its nice in morning, and I get soaked on way home ... no biggie.
Lightning concerns me a little, but I've never worried about it to the point that it kept me from riding or caused me to get off the road and wait under a bridge or something like that.
That said, I know it can happen, and will not end well for me if I get struck while riding through the woods at 60 mph....
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I generally don't mind the rain so much, but I live in SoCal now where it doesn't rain much - so when it does, the roads are really slick. Or, the stock front tire REALLY 5ucks when it's wet. I had the front end lose grip and I was taking it super easy, so that spooked me a little. I've ridden my GS1100 in the rain a lot and the bike doesn't seem to notice the difference.

I don't know about lightning - it's probably a good idea to get some cover. I imagine there could be an internet war over whether or not you're insulated from the ground or whatever, but for the lack of 100% knowledge why not just be safe?
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I rode in all weathers pretty much every day between the ages of 17 and 25, that was when I got round to passing the car test.
These days it's good weather only on bikes, don't like the reduced grip and visibility but the worst thing is all the work getting the bike clean and shiny again.
As far as getting away with a lightning strike due to being insulated by the tyres goes I'd say you're being very optimistic as the huge voltage would get to ground through whatever it hit, just the general wetness would work fine.
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I rode in all weathers pretty much every day between the ages of 17 and 25, that was when I got round to passing the car test.
These days it's good weather only on bikes, don't like the reduced grip and visibility but the worst thing is all the work getting the bike clean and shiny again.
As far as getting away with a lightning strike due to being insulated by the tyres goes I'd say you're being very optimistic as the huge voltage would get to ground through whatever it hit, just the general wetness would work fine.
+1. Riding in the rain makes a real mess of your detail job. This motivates me more than other fears to take the car to work on rainy days.

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I rode in all weathers pretty much every day between the ages of 17 and 25, that was when I got round to passing the car test.
These days it's good weather only on bikes, don't like the reduced grip and visibility but the worst thing is all the work getting the bike clean and shiny again.
As far as getting away with a lightning strike due to being insulated by the tyres goes I'd say you're being very optimistic as the huge voltage would get to ground through whatever it hit, just the general wetness would work fine.
I agree. Your fairly well protected in a car from lighting as the car acts as a Faraday Cage and directs the lighting to the ground. But you have no such protection on a bike. That said worrying about getting struck by lighting is like worrying about being bitten by a shark while swimming in the ocean. Yeah its possible but its a rare enough occurrence that you shouldnt waste any of your time worrying about it.
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Rain riding blows.

If I get stuck in it on my commute so be it. But if I wake up and it's coming down...the car it is. Coffee, satellite radio, heated seats...****, even the steering wheel is heated, haha. No brainer.


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dont mind getting stuck in rain.....just hate when my underwear and between my legs and xss get soaked....need to keep some light riding gear under my seat
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technically speaking lightning comes from the ground not the sky acording to boaring physics stuff the sky bit just equilaizes the charge based on the fastest route to earth. Agreed no Faraday Cage protection such as you get by being in a metal box however with the big rubber tires lightning would rather hit a nearby tree, lamp post or building etc.. Having said that i would not want to ride my bike in a storm holding a large metal rod and dragging my feet on the floor now that would be just asking for trouble. I mean how many people get hit playing golf thats the same principle.

Avaoid being the highest un insolated conductive point and you will be ok
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