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Join Date: Feb 2014
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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.
Plan for tomorrow and live for today.