What is it about a rain ride that just seems to put a smile on my face. It seems lately that I can’t ride enough when it’s raining. It has turned into an almost cathartic experience allowing me to shrink my sense into my helmet and focus on the ride and what’s happening in my little bubble. The rain pelting my helmet sounds amazing and even though the road is slippery, and certainly more dangerous than riding in the dry, I can’t help but smile.
Some tips for riding in the rain:
Tip 1: Get some good rain gear. Nothing will ruin the experience of riding in the rain faster than being wet and cold. Frog Toggs makes great rain suits, many jackets and pants come with waterproof liners and of course there is the top dog, Gore-Tex.
Tip 2: Slow down. I can’t stress this point enough. The friction between your tire and the road is greatly diminished when water enters the equation. Couple that with the need to still brake and turn, and you quickly run out of available traction in the rain.
Tip 3: Make sure your bike is well maintained and your tires have enough useable tread to displace the water. Tires that are worn will not work as well in the rain.
Tip 4: Relax. Seriously. Just relax. The more you tense up the harder riding in the rain becomes. Your inputs need to be smooth, easy transitions from throttle to braking, and smooth inputs for cornering.
Tip 5: Remember to still enjoy the ride. You are on a motorcycle after all.
There are more tips and tricks to riding in the rain. So many theories and techniques you could go crazy reading them all. These are the 5 tips I use the most, everything else is adjustable for situations that arise as I ride.