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Join Date: Jul 2008
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I'm going to go to the opposite camp on this one. If you're not willing to ride in the rain, then you're really never going to ride your bike much at all.
I was introduced to riding in the rain, by taking my MSF basic rider course in the rain, in April, in Pittsburgh. The class was only canceled for lightning or for ice on the practice course. Otherwise, we were expected to be there. It taught me real quick about the importance of the RIGHT gear at the RIGHT time.
Since then, I've ridden in all conditions, including snow without much of a concern.
The "severe thunderstorm warning" is a general alarm for a general area about conditions that may or may not exist when you get there. Last summer in DC, we had severe weather all around us, including back at our hotel, but when we rode back, it was dry except for remaining water on the roadway.
Current Bikes -->
-1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
-2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present
Past Bikes ----->
-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
-2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to 06-2017