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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Severe thunderstorm

So im a new rider, got 130 miles ever on a bike. I decided to take the bike to my inlaws 30 miles south while my wife took our daughter in the explorer. Well Alž (my daughter, she's 1) got fussy mid way through the cowboys game and my wife asked if we could leave at halftime. I said sure cause I had just looked at the weather app and it was looking like it might get nasty back up by our house. By the time half time rolled around a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued and it was heading towards our house. So I asked if we could wait to let the storm blow over. Well I'll be damned if that stupid storm cloud didn't just park its butt where it formed. After the third quarter I got tired of waiting for the storm system to blow through and told my wife screw it, I'll just park the bike in the back yard and come back for it next week. It was dry but ominous all the way home. I know if I had ridden the bike back home Murphys law would kick in and I'd be stuck in a severe thunderstorm. Here's my question: how bad are severe thunderstorms? Did I do the right thing or should I just have pushed through? Ive got a helmet, water proof MC jacket and gloves, blue jeans and hiking boots for gear, if that matters.
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.smart decision...one never knows what the extent of any storm will bring...you had a safe place to leave the mc...common sense dictates why chance it if you don't have to. You also have little riding experience, plays a big factor in how you will react to road conditions...doesn't hurt to get out in a light rain and familiarize yourself with how the bike will handle on wet roads...experience is priceless but common sense overrides riding in unsafe conditions.

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It's no fun riding in any rain (imho) let alone a severe thunderstorm. You made the right choice!
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Thanks, I was thinking the same thing, but I wanted some people with more experience to chime in. It just kinda sucked that after I made the decision to leave the bike I drank a beer with the father in law and looked at the radar and you could kinda tell the T storm's in that area were breaking up.. then on the way home it was obviously dry.. ugh.. I get along well with my inlaws, but I don't want to be forced to have to go back to get my bike.
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I wouldn't have ridden in it. Anything that requires more than delay wipers on a car, I'll stay out of. Visibility is low, traction is low. Pardon the pun, but it's a perfect storm of problems. The stakes are too high. You did the right thing.
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Yes, you made the right decision. Why risk it when you had an alternative?

I've often chosen to make riding choices based on what I see coming up on the weather radar...
Hanging out for longer than I intended at a diner waiting for a big storm to pass over, for example.
On a camping trip: Seeing indications of a powerful nasty-looking storm coming up fast, sight unseen over the tree line just as I was going to break camp. I crawled back into my tent and ten minutes later it hit...hard. I got on the road later than I planned that morning, but it was the right choice.

It doesn't always work...storms come and go, and sometimes they just develop overhead, but forewarned is still forearmed.

Truth be told, If you ride long enough, sooner or later you're going to end up riding through darn near everything.


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With your riding experience and available gear, you made the right choice. It all depends on you and what you are comfortable with when riding. If you don't ever plan to ride in the rain, it's your choice. If you plan to ride in rain or shine, get some experience riding in light rain as was mentioned. Then, get some experience riding familiar roads in the rain. When properly geared, rain isn't a big deal. (I would also take into consideration the amount of traffic in the storm as people tend to get stupid when driving a car in the rain. I don't know why.)

For me, I ride in a lot of different weather. Motorcycles can easily handle rain and wet roads. Some places offer high speed motorcycle track days, rain or shine. Imagine going 160mph on a bike in the rain on a race track; operators teach it and students do it at the track.

I've ridden through a few heavy storms on familiar roads. Ride smooth and avoid pools of water. Look and plan ahead. I tend to move toward the middle line where there are less potholes. Earlier this year, I was riding in traffic going about 5mph with about 4 inches of water on the freeway and heavy rains. It wasn't the most fun I've had on my bike but the storm popped up and I was out in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. Had I pulled over to wait in the rain, I would have been sitting on the side of the road for hours. Instead, in about 45 minutes, I was out of the heavy rain. Then, when I got to Texas, it was more thunderstorms and tornado sirens going off...lol.

Enjoy your bike when and where and the in the weather you want to enjoy your bike in; it is a personal decision for everyone.
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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.

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as for the in-laws...I'd like to think you gained a token of appreciation and respect for doing the safe thing and making sure you get home safe with their daughter. One other thing, also check the condition of the tires, not knowing what the condition is, tires will react differently in how they stop with the tread available on them...have found myself fishtailing in the past when tread life was low versus great ability for the tires to grab the road when they have better tread. My rule of thumb in riding in the rain...drop your mph by 10...allow more stopping distance, and avoid puddles if possible.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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Another good reason why I ride a modern bike with ABS and Traction Control...

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