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Old 10-18-2012, 12:46 PM   #76
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Most has already been gone over but for the love of bob, stay warm. My worst time in the rain is when i don't have appropriately warm gear (it's San Diego, i shouldnt have to ) and my whole body wants to move slower.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #77
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Has anyone ever hydroplaned on a MC?

I've ridden awful fast in A LOT of "REAL" heavy rain (referred to as Toad Stranglers here in Floriduh) and I don't think I have ever felt that happen.
No, and I've ridden fast in heavy rain too, only we call them turd floaters here in Texas
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:04 PM   #78
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Feather the throttle, clutch, brakes. Use rear brake a little more than usual. I corners/turns stay on top of the bike more than usual, ie less lean angle. Increase eye lead. Expect even dumber actions from cage drivers. Painted lines and crossings can be like ice.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:26 AM   #79
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Tall waterproof boots like Alpinestars Scout. Nothing worse than wet feet.

Well, except wet hands. So waterproof gloves too. (Although I find muffs like Hippo Hands do a better job of keeping hands dry).
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:43 AM   #80
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Tall waterproof boots like Alpinestars Scout. Nothing worse than wet feet.

Well, except wet hands. So waterproof gloves too. (Although I find muffs like Hippo Hands do a better job of keeping hands dry).
Well, I came to the determination that since waterproof boots are generally too hot for summer wear, I'd rather have boots that let the water back out / drain well for warm weather riding. I don't mind wet feet at all during rides as long as the temps are acceptable.

I used to show up at work with somewhat rain-proof boots full of water... then puddle (or lake) it all through work until I got changed. Again, wish my Alpinestar boots had actual drains on them - I wear the same boots for water-crossing when riding the Corbett wildlife area, so they're under water enough that it would just make sense to have drains in them.

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I have a rain liner to my Joe Rocket mesh jacket that works on very light, non-continuous rains for commuting, but my 3/4 jacket made for rain riding certainly works better... yet I don't think any suit in a price range I can afford would work for a 200-mile Florida rain ride, so I don't go chasing that level of dryness.

Instead, wool and fleece under-layers just help keep the warmth in even if they are wet (as long as there is a wind-blocker layer on top of them).

Large black (or, really, any that fit over you) plastic garbage bags - I'll use one as a rain layer under the jacket just to keep warmth in if I'm caught out without my jacket liner. Poke holes for my head and arms to fit through and at least I have that.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:41 PM   #81
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Well, I came to the determination that since waterproof boots are generally too hot for summer wear, I'd rather have boots that let the water back out / drain well for warm weather riding. I don't mind wet feet at all during rides as long as the temps are acceptable.
I've recently discovered the magnificence commonly known as Gore-Tex, which keeps you dry and cool at the same time.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #82
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I've recently discovered the magnificence commonly known as Gore-Tex, which keeps you dry and cool at the same time.
What I know of Gore-Tex is that it can be waterproof, and will keep you dry... but sweat will pool in it and not really get out. And have no doubt about it, Gore-Tex lined boots are hotter. Maybe it doesn't make as much of a difference in motorcycle since we don't walk much in those boots, but I was never a Gore Tex guy for hiking boots.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:50 AM   #83
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I find that Gore-Tex claims are a bit overdone. They are waterproof, but I have not found them to be more breathable than anything else, I hate the clammy sweatiness it induces.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #84
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I find that Gore-Tex claims are a bit overdone. They are waterproof, but I have not found them to be more breathable than anything else, I hate the clammy sweatiness it induces.
The problem with all waterproof footwear is the giant gaping hole in the top.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:57 AM   #85
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The problem with all waterproof footwear is the giant gaping hole in the top.
Don't tuck your pants in the top.......
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:43 PM   #86
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Don't tuck your pants in the top.......
I need some pants that zip to my boots above the ankle somewhere. I always manage to get the water pushed up my boots and then it runs down into the damn things.

Get home, take off boot, Empty 3 gallons of rain out of boot, squish inside in frozen socks.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:47 PM   #87
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Another concern when riding in the wet is the temperature. If it is below freezing, well, that's obvious. However, yesterday I was riding the 20 miles home from work in 42 degree light rain. It was raining just enough to make things slippery but what was worse was the cold temperature. I was taking the corners carefully but was suprised when the rear started to slide around. When I got home I felt the tires and they didn't even feel warm. I think the problem was that because it was so cold the tires never got up to the temperature that they should for proper adhesion and that combined with the slippery roads made for a interesting ride home yesterday.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:29 PM   #88
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I need some pants that zip to my boots above the ankle somewhere. I always manage to get the water pushed up my boots and then it runs down into the damn things.

Get home, take off boot, Empty 3 gallons of rain out of boot, squish inside in frozen socks.
Cut a couple heavy rubber bands from an old inner tube and slip them over the pants bottoms to seal the water out.

I've also used the plastic boot covers made for pesticide applicators. They have an elastic top and come up over the calf.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:33 AM   #89
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Don't most pants have Velcros on the bottoms to cinch the pantlegs down? Mine do....

Comments on GoreTex are interesting. My Dainese non-GT boots lasted less than a year before they started leaking, so I'll likely be upgrading to the GT version in hopes tha they last a bit longer. Either those or the spiffy Daytonas I like.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:50 AM   #90
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Cut a couple heavy rubber bands from an old inner tube and slip them over the pants bottoms to seal the water out.

I've also used the plastic boot covers made for pesticide applicators. They have an elastic top and come up over the calf.
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