Riding florida under thunderstorms watching.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Kmendez, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. Kmendez

    Kmendez Adventurer

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    How ones feel about riding on knowingly bad weather and expecting thunderstorms?, as is expect today and this week in the entire east florida including Georgia.
    I personally has hyped but watching a video from central florida from yesterday dissuaded me of riding and actually I chicken out completely.
    Any comments recommendations or tips


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  2. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    Having been in a few lightning storms in Florida Bay on a small skiff, I can safely say that I hope to never have to go through that again either on the water or on the road for that matter.
    I don't care about the rain, other than the idiot cagers around me, but I draw the line at lightning...:uhoh
    When you're caught on the road the only option is often to seek shelter under an overpass and stand behind the concrete barrier if there is one, or stop at the nearest gas station etc... Not much more you can do...
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  3. codpilot

    codpilot Been here awhile

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    Eh unless it’s brutally horrible I just ride.


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  4. Fosters

    Fosters Been here awhile

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    I ride 80 miles daily right where the seabreeze storms fire up on a daily basis...dress for the occasion and do my best not to get killed by tourists and idiotsbehind the wheel...the weather don’t scare me so much
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  5. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Lightning is not to be messed with! I don’t want my epitaph to read” he died doing what he loved”!!
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  6. lhendrik

    lhendrik Putins Puppet

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    Getting hit by lightening while riding a motorcycle? I'm gonna say that is a pretty low probability.

    Having a really unpleasant ride in heavy rain and wind? Pull off the road and wait it out. Riding not worth crashing.
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  7. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Google "lightning striking motorcyclist", and you'll find many examples. Still probably a low probability as you say, but the odds go up in Florida.
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  8. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

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    I really never have concerned myself with it. Most of the time they are little popcorn storms of short duration and maybe localized heavy rain but you are out of them in a couple of miles. Lightening is rarely cloud to ground in these things, mostly cloud to cloud. Now, large storms, tropical waves or storms are a different matter and mostly the biggest dangers are high winds and maybe the occasional tornado hiding within the storm. Those, I avoid if I can. I mostly just press on regardless, I'm 76 and something is probably gonna kill me in the next 10 years anyway. a quick flash and some vaporization may not be the worst way to go.
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  9. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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    Lightning, while you ride in urban areas where there are many commercial buildings with lighting rods, will not be attracted to you.
    However, you may become a rolling lighting rod yourself while riding along deforested flat rural areas.
    Thunderstorms are especially dangerous at night because lightning striking in front of you completely blinds you for a few seconds.

    Almost half of the USA's fatalities happen here.
    You can find additional information about lightning in Florida here:

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weat...t-for-lightning-fatalities-in-the-us/70004543

    "While Florida leads the U.S. in terms of annual lightning fatalities, the Sunshine State ranks fourth in the nation for lightning flashes behind Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas."
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  10. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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  11. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Are you suggesting that men don't know enough to come in out of the rain ? :dirtdog

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  12. windmill

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    Honey, I left the car windows open and it's starting to rain........Yes dear, l'll close them for you.....

    Or maybe we don't have a choice......
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  13. cyclopathic

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    I met a rider who had been struck by lightning and actually survived. Still riding but all kinds of health problems
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  14. cyclopathic

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    Probably job related more than anything else. All those jobs laying roofs, fixing electric wiring, etc feminist're raging to get hold of.
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    PA1018 Been here awhile

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    On average men are taller.

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  16. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    "Riding 6%" So that's 10 fatalities in 8 years. EDIT unless "unknown" has riders too.

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  17. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I have ridden in thunderstorms and I have pulled over when the road is broad and higher than the surrounding fields. I look at them individually instead of a rule for all thunderstorms.

    One very beautiful ride was mostly dry but there were big thunderstorms many miles to the north. It was a night ride and when I crested each mountain ridge through New Hampshire I could see the lightning in the distance illuminating the underside of the clouds and the tops of mountains.
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  18. windblown101

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    If there are severe storms in the forecast and the odds of them occurring are high I usually pass on riding the bike or plan to be off it if possible before the storms hit. The exceptions are if I'm on a multi-day trip or I simply get caught by a storm that I thought I would beat. Storms are cool, but I don't go out of my way to be out in them. ;)
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  19. Dan Diego

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    There is so much lightning in the Tampa area, especially this time of year.

    I don’t mind riding in the rain, but when thunder roars, go indoors...because lightning will soon follow.
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  20. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Back in the early 80's, I lived in the Keys (Marathon) and my girlfriend lived in Miami. Well, I had the weekend off and nothing was going to stop me...not even an approaching tropical storm. I made it to Plantation Key and that was a far as I got. Couldn't even see the road. Pulled into a bar I could barely make out and wouldn't you know, there were about 8 other motorcyclist stuck there. We partied until the storm blew over and then headed on our merry ways!
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