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Offline ColinM

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Riding in the Rain!
« on: June 29, 2015, 01:14:59 pm »
Im not used to riding in the rain as we probably don't get as much as in England, but being an x Yorkshire kid I do remember the rain.

I'll be going on a couple of long trips this summer and undoubtedly I'm going to hit the rain. It was raining in Toronto yesterday pretty steady but not particularly heavy so I went out and tried to get a little used to riding in the rain. the big thing was the fogging of my full helmet - what do you use to keep the fog off ?

Anyone have any tips on how the TTSE performs on wet roads?   I've read a few things like avoid the white lines if you can and the manhole covers.

Do you ride in the rain purposely or just get unexpectedly caught in it?

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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 01:43:27 pm »
Hi

I ride all year come rain or shine. Yes you can by and anti fog coating for your visor. Or just smear with a light coat of washing up liquid.

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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2015, 02:10:28 pm »
I ride in all weather conditions and have the equipment for it, waterproof boots, rain suit etc.  We don't get rain often here in Texas, but when it comes it's often of the tropical variety.  I've learned that it doesn't make a difference what kind of rain suit you have, if it rains long enough, you'll get wet.

The best riding tip I can give is to not make any abrupt steering inputs either through the bars or by shifting weight.  Modern tires have an amazing amount of grip in wet weather and you can ride to surprising lean angles. 

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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2015, 02:41:48 pm »
What Ernest T says just ride smoothly and you will be OK. The only solution I have found to stop my visor misting is the Pinlock insert.
Most major helmet brands are Pinlock ready just by the visor insert about £16 in the UK. Instant double glassing  :152:

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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2015, 02:59:47 pm »
Pinlock visors are included with a number of premium helmets these days, my old Schuberth, Nolan N102,  and my latest Nolan N104 for example.  I've only installed a pinlock once, but should probably use one more often.  Most of the time I just crack the visor to the first opening unless it's raining really seriously, which of course lets it rain inside too!
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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2015, 03:05:45 pm »
The only thing I found to make your faceshield fog proof is to get a faceshield that has a pinlock inner shield. I have tried probably all the little home remedies and some of the supposed sure proof high dollar stuff, but find that a pinlock inner shield is really the best and truly fog proof way. Some manufacturers pinlock shield are not that expensive anyway. As far as the weather protection of the Trophy, it is one of the best of any of the bikes I've ridden. I do tend to slow down a little from my normal riding when the wet stuff hits just to err on the cautious side. Good luck on your trips! :152:
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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2015, 09:35:48 pm »
Hi Colin

Ill third Earnest T. Riding in the rain needs to be smooth and systematic. Plan ahead. Be confident in your tyres. The bike is capable of alot more than you are in the wet or dry. Moet of all enjoy your trip to the UK. Also the Pinlock visor system is the way to go to stop the misting of your visor. I ride in all weather all year round. The TTSE is my only mode of transport. Pinlock to me is the best thing.
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Re: Riding in the Rain!
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2015, 10:52:55 pm »
When a new rider/driver is receiving advice on what to consider could constitute a hazard when riding in the wet, is if it hasn't rained for awhile, probably a week  :008:, that the oils and greases will be lifted off the road surface by the rain so initially it will require more care braking and changing direction and you can usually see the rainbows ahead of you on the road in these conditions.

 



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