Planning for rainy weather

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by cydisc, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. cydisc

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    I've been riding for about 2 years now and about to embark on my first long-ish solo moto-camping trip around Lake Michigan later this week. I very carefully chose the last week in July for the statistical probability of warmer temps and improbability of precipitation. Of course, the extended forecast calls for rain for most of the days I'm on the road. This isn't going to deter me, but I'd like to be prepared.

    I have a rain suit, water proof boots and gloves and a large dry sack. Any advice for additional gear or general tips for dealing with rain?
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  2. Yooper_Bob

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    A small portable tarp can be handy...both for being able to set up your tent out of the rain, and also a place to sit under and watch the rain come down.
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  3. nickguzzi

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    That sounds like a normal week here in the UK.
    I have had torrential rain so hard I had to stop, and ridden from a hot and sunny Med with rain starting as I left the coast, to a dark and foreboding English Channel (800+miles) with rain and cross winds all the way.

    Always on the bike: rain suit. overshoes and over mitts. Also something to cover my neck - a bandana or muff.
    A Veewipe, a sort of over the finger windscreen wiper, only works with gloves.
    Other than decent tyres and a realisation that riding in the rain requires more caution...


    Have fun.
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  4. cydisc

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    Good idea. What would you suggest as a good size to be large enough to be useful, yet small enough to be packable?
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  5. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Nothing beats a large vestibule on the tent in rain. It gives you a place to store all the wet gear and cook. Look at the Big Agnes Copper Hotel. Bring a book or ipad for movies. Tarp: look at a 10x10 silnylon tarp for covering the bike when you park or need to work on it. It will fold up into nothing. Bring a towel to dry off before you get in the tent. As mentioned above, get dedicated rain gear.it doesnt need to be expensive...so, frogtogs ish. Also, definately bring some kind of neck gator. Use rainex on your windshield and helmet visor. Also, multiply by 10x how stupid other drivers are in the rain.
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  6. Yooper_Bob

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    I use a 12'x12' chill gorilla brand tarp I got off amazon. Packs small but has plenty of coverage.
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    If you are expecting scattered storms (as opposed to all day unavoidable rain) then having the Accuweather app (or similar) on your phone is helpful so that you can check out the weather radar. Sometimes if you can see a front moving through quickly you can plan a stop somewhere dry for a while and avoid it.
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  8. cydisc

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    Covered. Hopefully, I only have to deal with the scattered variety.
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  9. cydisc

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    BTW, Yooper_Bob, you got any recommendations for pastys along the US-2/US-41 corridor through da UP?
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  10. Yooper_Bob

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    Can't say I do.....'cause, as a true Yooper, I never buy pasties, da' wife makes 'em at home.

    A good place to eat along the Lake Michigan shoreline is the Nahma Inn...in....you guessed it...Nahma! Has great food and is a unique location.

    If you have time, make sure you run down both the Garden and Stonington peninsulas. Some great riding and great scenery on both of those.
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  11. usgser

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    I would carry an extra pair of dry gloves. or for long spell rain I use a pair of aerostich's lobster/crab over glove covers, work well. I also have an empty zippered mesh duffle for stowing wet gear. If the weather cooperates the wind blowing through the mesh gets rid of most of the wetness.
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  12. tlub

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    Carry a few extra dry socks. If your boots soak through, and it stops raining, put on the dry socks to help dry out the boots. Stop and change them in about a half hour. Do it again. By the time you stop for the night, you'll have a few pairs of wet socks, but also boots that may dry overnight.
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  13. bikerfish

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    I camp 90 percent of the time, but if rain is coming down, I look for a cheap motel, nothing better than being able to dry everything out for a bit. I also carry a small packable rain jacket, not a motorcycle rain jacket, but one for hiking and such, folds up very small, is very waterproof, has a hood, and is much more comfortable to wear around camp than a motorcycle jacket.
    also, tuck your waterproof gloves inside your jacket sleeves, water has a tendency to run downhill off your arms and into your gloves, unless you are going 200mph!
    If the weather looks really grim for the area I want to visit, I simply pick another destination, no need to suffer if you can ride somewhere else where the sun is shining.
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  14. boatpuller

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    Simple complete answer; wear GoreTex head to toe. Done.

    The tarp idea is a winner, you can set your tent up under it and keep it pretty dry.

    I like wind deflectors for the hand grips, as they help keep gloves dry.

    Heated gear under a rain-covered coat is darn nice, even in the summer.

    Make sure your tires have good tread, and reduce your corning speed and lean.
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  15. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    A compact umbrella is nice in camp, so you don't have to don and doff rain gear for every little thing.
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    Take a breakdown pole for that tarp. When you pull into camp you have everything to make shelter. No looking for that "right" set of trees to use for the tarp tie downs.
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