I rode today in the rain, just couldn't force myself to take the truck, but only had a 14 mile commute to work! I wore my HD rainsuit, but it wasn't raining real hard. my shoes were a little damp but thats it. And I take it easy in the rain, the roads get slippery when wet!!!
I have a First Gear jacket and pants that I pull over my leathers. Work great, cost virtuallly nothing, fold up to two small packages when not used, and look cool, too. So cool, in fact, that I've been known to use the jacket as a rain jacket off the bike as well.
Haven't found a solution for wet gloves or boots yet, but I'm looking into it. I've also been flirting with the Widder vest and gloves but need to pick up sport touring more before I can justify that expense.
I used to have a Belstaff jacket (a million years ago), but it was the 'modern' nylon variety - no armor, and a stupid belt that just got in the way. I like waxed cotton stuff, and have a Barbour jacket for off the bike, but for wet riding I am a total zealot for the Aerostitch stuff. It is incredibly well designed - obviously refined over a lot of time - to do what it does well.
-The "belt" is velcroed, and cinches the waist, but never needs to be fastened when you're zipping up the jacket.
-The flap that stops the rain from entering the front zipper never gets caught in the zipper
-The wrists have a velcro tab that lets you adjust size, and a zipper that makes it easy to get on and off. No dumb snap at the cuff
-The neck closure uses a velcro tab also, which allows you to adjust the neck opening depending on whether you're wearing a neck tube & turtleneck or not.
-There are hand pockets you can just slip your hands into without unzipping anything, but the rest of the pockets are zipped and flapped to keep stuff secure & dry
-There is a chest pocket that is big enough to store a folded full sized map. Plus a sandwich. Plus a small child I think.
-The right sleeve has a small zip pocket that is just perfect for carrying bridge toll money
and on and on... you get the idea. Good stuff, well made. Costs a fortune, but lasts forever.
I ride in the rain. The biggest problem I have riding in the rain is visibility, when both sides of my glasses and faceshield are covered with water it sucks, this usually only happens in slow traffic when I
There aren't too many days I ride that it doesn't end up raining on me at some point. I would say I get precipitated on about 75% of the time during a ride (and my rides are only for fun - no commuting). That being said - some of those ride could just be 20 minutes of sprinkling. If it is pissin I try not to go out - but sometimes you just get caught.
I wear a Richa Curdoroy armored jacket if I know it is gonna rain. Always wear my Dainese cordoroy trousers and Hein Gericke waterproof boots. Gloves are not waterproof - they are just crap.
I generally can stay dry like this except obviously the hands - and that water that always - and I mean always comes down the back of the neck from the helmet when stopped. If anyone has any great ideas how to prevent that - it would be much appreciated.
Additional question : What is the best way to remove water from visor while riding? I use horizontal strokes with my index finger (hopefully on a straight) - and haven't treated the visor with anything. Any tips on that?
I am a fair weather rider now that I have the Duc. If I am caught in it, it usually isn't that far to get home and out of the rain.
When I used to do a lot of touring on the Road King, heading for home wasn't an option when the skies opened up. I just had a rain suit that had elastic cuffs and nice closures that I would grab out of the saddle bag. Nothing fancy and probably not that safe if in an accident but I never pavement surfed in it and it kept me dry enough.
For some reason I always manage to ride in to some rain storm, no matter how sunny it is when the ride starts. So, although I dislike riding in rain, I've started perfecting it.
I bought a Marsee two piece rain suit and it does wonders to eliminate water and wind/cold from rides. Suit cost me $100.
I put RainX on my shield, and between that and rotating my head slightly to the left and then the right, it clears most H2O from my visor at speeds over 40mph. Otherwise I just leave it there.
I'm saving my $ for an Aerostitch. Those things are amazing. Shame I sold my last Aerostitch to someone in SF for $200 when I decided to never ride again. DOH!
I love wind and rain.....especially thunderstorms.....
I found a great deal at BCM on a Ducati rain suit...I opted for the one piece.
They may still have some left. Closeout I think.
Use it when it gets cold also, fits well, rides well, stays dry in downpours...folds small....
and most importantly the suit is red and my bike is yellow, and I feel so wonderfully crayola.....I wait for it to rain.
I'll admit it. I do not ride in the rain, the thought of water getting on my dark is horrible!
I hate driving my car in the rain, but sacrifices have to be made.
Sadly its the other drivers not necessarily the weather that makes me want to avoid it. Around here (Atlanta) a rain drop hits the windshield and cars ignore their drivers commands, swerve into the nearest other object and burst into flame.
I'm an all-year round rider. I always carry rain pants (gore-tex - wind/water proof military over-pants - $20). My jacket is a Joe Rocket Ballistic touring style jacket which I really like; it has good removable armour and lining. Venting is so-so. My regular gloves are by Held but my rain gloves are Joe Rocket Ballistics which are water-proof with a cuff that you can pull tight with a cord. I use Daytona-Frey boots; Very Comfortable!!!! Sometimes I forget I'm wearing them.
My commute is 38 miles one way and I'm bone dry when I get to work or home. Don't have a problem with water down the neck. I just make sure the collar is snapped tight. A scarf might alleviate that a bit.