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heavy rain?
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:44:17 am »
Trip from Tampa, FL to Columbia SC today.  Heavy rain projected 70% of the trip. 

Teressa advises don't be silly and insists drive my Tundra truck.  I say I'd rather push my bike to SC in the rain than drive a cage.

What say you!?
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 11:58:25 am »
Severe weather?   I'd take safety over the brute macho "I can do it".  Personally, every time
I try that kinda stuff... I end up lickin' wounds....

I did the last 85-90 miles of my ride to the Spring Rally in some pretty bad rain, and as much as
I love to ride...  I was kinda jealous of them cagers through the real heavy stuff.  Kinda hatin' them
too as they boat sprayed me in ponding water.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 12:10:25 pm »
Cages are for going to Home Depot or pulling a trailer. You got the right gear? Tires? You wanna ride? Ride.

From a safety standpoint consider it practice for the times you are going to get caught in it no matter what.

I have a small car and a big 4x4. I don't use the truck unless it's absolutely necessary. Big, heavy, boring.



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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 12:26:40 pm »
I'm with Marty. Heavy rain = reduced viz. Being CAUGHT by adverse weather is very different from INTENTIONALLY going into it. :o

Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. Cage drivers already don't readily notice motorcycles, why put yourself in an even more dangerous position. What are you trying to prove?  ::)  More importantly, why give Teressa the additional worry?  ???
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2015, 12:30:57 pm »
I wouldn't go looking for heavy rain. Cars act too stupid in heavy rain. However with the right tires the C14 is incredibly stable in heavy rain. I would never let my Wife worry all day. Ride another day. Its one thing to get caught in rain.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2015, 02:09:35 pm »
I'm with Marty. Heavy rain = reduced viz. Being CAUGHT by adverse weather is very different from INTENTIONALLY going into it. :o

Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. Cage drivers already don't readily notice motorcycles, why put yourself in an even more dangerous position. What are you trying to prove?  ::)  More importantly, why give Teressa the additional worry?  ???

You may have already left, but +1 to what Jim said. I'm sitting here looking at weather radar out of Atlanta. BAD rain today moving east. Good luck.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2015, 02:14:49 pm »
Rain doesn't bother me at all.....it's the crap coming up off the road behind trucks and cars that I hate, especially when it has just stopped raining. No more of that if I can help it.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2015, 05:51:01 pm »
the adventurous side of me would be right there with you but the problem will be the cages going too slow to keep rain from coming in on me.  That means getting soaking wet.  Ugh...

but the real question is what did YOU decide???

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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2015, 05:20:29 pm »
Thanks guys, good tires and rain gear and I made it up her to Columbia just it fine. Truly crazy storms, but not quite as bad as the monsoons I got caught in out west.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2015, 05:41:36 pm »
Thanks guys, good tires and rain gear and I made it up her to Columbia just it fine. Truly crazy storms, but not quite as bad as the monsoons I got caught in out west.

what gear did you use and how did it hold up?

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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2015, 06:58:51 pm »
Glad you made it safely.

I'm not afraid of rain...what scares me is lightning and old windshield wipers.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2015, 07:35:23 pm »
Glad you got through it ok. Never doubted the bike. Did your Wife did not worry all day?
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2015, 12:26:04 am »
Glad you lived to tell about your adventure!  Not sure I would of done it.  I know for sure that SWMBO would of of nixed it first time out of my mouth.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2015, 03:53:51 am »
It's not the lightning that scares me.  The thunder is an entirely different animal!!!   Thunder has scared me enough to make me swerve twice.  Both times, it was too close for comfort!!
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2015, 08:05:49 am »
I don't go out riding in the rain for pleasure, but I wouldn't have let it stop me.  I once rode from New Orleans back down to Tampa in rain that pounded on me for about six hours.  I was glad when it eased off to a light rain around Tallahassee, but the only really bad part was the I-10 bridge across Escambia Bay at Pensacola.  It was about a year after Hurricane Ivan and, though the bridge was open to traffic, it was metal grating all the way - in bumper-to-bumper traffic while I was pulling a trailer in high winds.


I've noticed that thinking about riding in the rain is a lot worse than actually riding in the rain.  Glad you made it without incident.

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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2015, 04:43:57 pm »
Thanks guys, good tires and rain gear and I made it up her to Columbia just it fine. Truly crazy storms, but not quite as bad as the monsoons I got caught in out west.

what gear did you use and how did it hold up?

Hi, I used a klim badlands jacket and frogtogg britches. Jacket was epic and all I'll say about the frogtoggs is OK for the price, 90% effective, but my jeans we're damp in little spots the wind was constantly blowing against the frogtoggs.
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2015, 05:43:36 pm »
I've been happy with frogtogs until the Pensacola trip... they pretty much gave in to wind driven rain.
I had the jacket, and HT Air 2.0 w/liner.  My bottom was bone dry, the left arm of my jacket got pretty
much soaked...  time to look into some 'dedicated' rain gear.

Glad you made it safe and sound Steve.   :beerchug:
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Re: heavy rain?
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2015, 11:24:21 am »
I've been happy with frogtogs until the Pensacola trip... they pretty much gave in to wind driven rain.
I had the jacket, and HT Air 2.0 w/liner.  My bottom was bone dry, the left arm of my jacket got pretty
much soaked...  time to look into some 'dedicated' rain gear.

Glad you made it safe and sound Steve.   :beerchug:

Thanks!  And yes sir, "dedicated" rain gear is best but the thing is its hard argue the breathabilty of the Toggs.  The Gortext breath but still tough in the heat  :great:
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