Riding in the rain

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by astauff, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. astauff

    astauff n00b

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    is it especially dangerous to ride a scooter in the rain? more dangerous than in a car?
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  2. mjhoward

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    yes. You only have two wheels on a scooter and its much harder for other drivers to see you in the rain. Theres also more potential for your face sheild to fog up or just hard to see because of the rain. Those painted markings on the road can get really slick as well. If you decide to ride in the be careful making those turns... go straight as much as possible and take wider softer turns to keep from sliding.
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  3. Blacknblue

    Blacknblue "I'm outa' here."

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    Let me rephrase the question:

    Is it more fun to ride a scooter in the rain, more fun than in a car?

    Yes.
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  4. ernest t bass

    ernest t bass Been here awhile

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    Rain Riding requires you to be twice as observant and twice as careful.
    Turning,Braking and Everything else must be done extra smooth.

    A good rainsuit is worth the money.

    I only rode in the rain in the years when I only had a Bike for transportation.
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  5. notdave

    notdave gets bored easily

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    everything is more dangerous in the rain.

    i only ride when there may be light sprinkles cause i dont have free parking at work. my feet stay dry on the scoot but get soaked on the ninja.
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  6. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    I'm coming back from the YMCA on my Honda Helix It begins to rain Like a cow peeing on a flat rock. At a stop a truck pulls up beside me and the woman has her jaw on her chin staring. I was doing Great I had my Carhart rain slicks on and truthfully I was reasonable dry when I got Home after 20 miles. It is our nature to remember the rainy day rides.
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  7. Dabears

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    Since you've asked the question I'll mention something that is common knowledge to most who have ridden cycles and scooters in the rain; It's very slick just after the start of the rainfall due to the oil and gunk on the pavement that haven't been washed away.

    I much prefer to ride in a steady downpour then drizzle for that very reason. And of course stay the heck away from the center of the lane.

    I do love the stares from people in cars when you sit calmly at a stoplight with the rain pouring down. Good Times.
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  8. GSXF

    GSXF Been here awhile

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    Also the manhole covers and those road lines/markings become very slippery when wet.
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  9. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    rain it depends? Are dogs ,cats coming down? hogs flying through the air? that can be more dangourous because you re not seeing as well out of your faceshield. Is it night or day. You can get or make a wiper that fits on you glove. When did last rain? The longer without rain the longer the oil build up. Don't in the rain ride the center of the road. Oil . In the rain I would wear a safety vest. Car, trucks can throw the water up at you blinding you for a 20 seconds. I guess it comes down to how you drive. Where you are driving, in town, highway. it's no different for a scooter or a motorcycle. It's all the same.
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  10. pampine

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    Beg to differ. On a scooter I'm much closer to the ground with much less ground clearance, thus more subject to getting bogged down in tiny bodies of water and harder/more voluminous waves of water.

    Pam
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  11. iamtheric

    iamtheric Machinists Mate

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    try to avoid routes you know will have puddles, even if you think they may not be too deep, they will be.
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  12. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser

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    Amen!
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  13. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    My biggest rain complaint is my helmet. If I crack the visor to keep the fog away I get a nose full of water. Or maybe it's my fault for having a stubby nose.
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  14. mjhoward

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    I have Shark RSX helmets and they are fog treated and I have only had them fog up on me once and it didnt fog much. They work very well and are extremely comfortable.
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