Misty conditions riding for a newb

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mattlikesbikes, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. mattlikesbikes

    mattlikesbikes Been here awhile

    Feb 12, 2013
    Sorry for the lack of update. I made it home no problem, though it was a bit puckier than normal.

    I think it was interesting I kept naturally tending to move to the center of the lane but had to fight that, I think the reason that the center appears to be a higher crown. But I had to fight that and instead take the potentially puddled left wheel groove to avoid oil drips and other slicks in the center.

    Not sure I am ready for full on rain, but I'll not be afraid of misty days and light drissel

    Thanks friends.
  2. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

    Jan 28, 2012
    Battersea (London) UK
    Proper rain is preferable to mist - there is enough water on your visor for the airflow to push it off, even more so if you have a peak (enduro style helmet) which creates something of a vortex around the visor area pushing off even more water. And enough water to clean foreign substances off the road surface. With a safe amount of tread, motorcycles won't typically aquaplane/hydroplane because the tyres have a round profile (unlike the squared off profile of car tyres) which cuts through standing water more effectively. I did 400 miles across northern Europe last year in one of the worst rainstorms I can remember with no near misses, although the crosswinds coming off the North Sea in Belgium was off-putting since it was strong enough to nearly push me into the next lane.
  3. troidus

    troidus Long timer

    Sep 1, 2010
    I stupidly got into a hydroplaning situation in Florida once. Running along at 90 with a group of cars and hit heavy rain about the same time as I came up on a semi. Changed lanes to go around him and got squirrely, but had to stay on it because of fast movers behind me. I was plenty ready to change lanes and slow down once I cleared the truck.
  4. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

    Dec 31, 2008
    Wellington,New Zealand
    in misty conditions i find that water may build up on the visor that will blow away if you turn your head to the side a little..