Freeway Rain Ride - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Rider Reviews Give a review of the KLR in your opinion.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Mr. Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 62
Freeway Rain Ride

I left work yesterday to see that it'd been raining out for a bit, so the roads were proper-soaked. What I figured was this: I'll be sliding around a bit on my ride home, so take it slow. I rode about 20mph less than my usual cruising speeds on 101.

While it wasn't an enjoyable experience, I was impressed with the way the KLR stayed tight on the pavement. I was expecting a hydroplaning feeling from the bike itself, since you ride so high up, but I never really felt it. The front wheel did feel squirly at times, but the sheer torque from that rear wheel kept everything righted.

Also, Michelin Anakee II: FANTASTIC RAIN TIRE. I have them both front and rear.

And you know what else? the cowling actually kept my rain gearless legs dryer than I anticipated. I love this bike.
Mr. Junior is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 01:55 AM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,611
Garage
I just rode from downtown Sacramento to Roseville in the pouring rain. It was a driving rain, but I had rain gear on.

With the right gear I think riding in the rain is a hoot, and you get used to it.

Most people don't believe it, but wet pavement has 80% of the traction of dry pavement. Most of the time on a normal motorcycle ride you are probably using no more than 60% of the available traction so, in truth, there's plenty of traction in the wet.

All the usual admonitions apply - watch for large painted strips, metal surfaces, train crossings and the like, and keep out of the oily sections of the roadway during the first rain.

Most of all, have fun! Dintcha stomp in puddles when you were a kid?

T

Tom [email protected]

“The kid poured him another straight rye and I think he doctored it with water down behind the bar because when he came up with it he looked as guilty as if he'd kicked his grandmother.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #3 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 02:18 AM
2nd Gear
 
tractorking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: San Jose CA
Posts: 482
Rain is no issue with the right gear.

Get some pants, even the yellow rubber ones and a decent jacket, even the yellow rubber one.

Back in the day before all this high tech stuff, we used to buy thin wool gloves and put
cheap dishwashing gloves over them, yup you guessed it, the rubber yellow ones.

Rubber boots are the best footware but you can use plastic bags over your socks and stick em
in the boot...those paper/plastic like fedex envelopes are great for this, grab a stack from
any supply box and your good to go. They also make great insulation on your chest if your
getting windchill through the zippers.

I was a motorcycle courier during the El Nino winters back in the early 90's.
10hrs a day in 40 degrees and raining constant all day long. If you need any
advise on tips and tricks I'm happy to help.

Rain gear doesn't have to be expensive, just drop by the hardware/surplus store and
grab a cheap set of foul weather gear, you'll be very happy you did.

Tractorking
Sitting on a dock of the Bay
Redwood City, California

“Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic.”
Robert M. Pirsig

Last edited by tractorking; 10-05-2011 at 01:35 PM.
tractorking is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 08:23 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 257
I've been stuck in extreme down pours only acouple times but what it did for me was convince me even further that all autos should have their headlights on no matter time of day. Especially on two lane when my visor is being blasted with rain and its all i can do to see the road directly in front of me, and then to be frightened half to crap from a truck coming directly at me in the other lane doing 90mph. I would have pulled over and let the rain storm pass me by but that was not an option.
Please everyone, drive with your headlights on.
basement is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 11:45 AM
1st Gear
 
speedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: 100km north of the Golden Gate
Posts: 65
rain gear

Got caught in the rain going home on Monday
even though I had on rain gear ( GILL sailing gear is excellent ) the front tire still kicked up water and soaked my RedWing boots and lower portion of my jeans underneath
Tuesday I switched bikes ...
my Silverwing is much better in the wet stuff ... heated grips, more complete fairing, dry trunk ... forgot how much faster it is too ... albeit at a price, almost 1 gallon more for the daily commute (140 miles)
speedy is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Mr. Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
Most people don't believe it, but wet pavement has 80% of the traction of dry pavement. Most of the time on a normal motorcycle ride you are probably using no more than 60% of the available traction so, in truth, there's plenty of traction in the wet.
T
That's interesting, I had no idea. I think the lack of visibility heightens my awareness of the road more than usual. Anyway, time for some rain gear!
Mr. Junior is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 12:06 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,611
Garage
My Gaerne Explorers were not really waterproof and would let water in if there was prolonged exposure. Sno-Seal helped a lot.

T

Tom [email protected]

“The kid poured him another straight rye and I think he doctored it with water down behind the bar because when he came up with it he looked as guilty as if he'd kicked his grandmother.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #8 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Mr. Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by tractorking View Post
I was a motorcycle courier during the El Nino winters back in the early 90's.
10hrs a day in 40 degrees and raining constant all day long. If you need any
advise on tips and tricks I'm happy to help.
Hey that sounds pretty rad actually. Thanks for the tips on rain gear good sir!
Mr. Junior is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 01:27 PM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NW MO
Posts: 5,344
I wear the standard .035mm yellow vinyl "construction workers'" rain suit and it works pretty good. I found a 6x online that fits quickly and easily over my regular 3x riding gear.Only problem is my torso is so long I can't use the suspenders on the pants so I just wrap them around my waist like a belt and tie them in knot. It would also be nice if they had a zipper instead of buttons on the jacket.

I spray my Rocky boots with that camping waterproofing spray and if I intentionally ride in the rain, I've got a pair of waterproof socks that work well.

I would look for some more "motorcycle-dedicated" rain protection, but it's hard to find it in sizes that big and if I can't get it on over my regular gear, it does no good. Even the 6x jacket is snug when worn over a bulky 3X riding jacket with pads.

I was thinking about getting one of those little "visor wiper" things that's basically a short little piece of wiper blade you affix to your hand. Anybody ever use one of those?

http://helmetsuperstore.com/pgroup_d...ip_Over_Finger




Last edited by planalp; 10-05-2011 at 01:29 PM.
planalp is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 10-05-2011, 01:57 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,611
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Junior View Post
That's interesting, I had no idea. I think the lack of visibility heightens my awareness of the road more than usual. Anyway, time for some rain gear!
While I generally enjoy riding in the rain (I enjoy pounding nails into my forehead, too) I don't like it so much at night. Last night's ride was typical.

Asphalt turns black and sucks up your headlight and you can see nothing. Rain beads up on your faceshield (turning our head from side to side blows it off) and makes it hard to see and each bead becomes a lens for the oncoming headlights. Cars kick up a mist that can be like riding through dense fog.

But what a rush! You become atuned, your senses are heightened, your awareness of everything hits 100%. You are alive.

And, of course, with good gear you are warm and dry and can enjoy the experience.


T

Tom [email protected]

“The kid poured him another straight rye and I think he doctored it with water down behind the bar because when he came up with it he looked as guilty as if he'd kicked his grandmother.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Tom Schmitz is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the best tire for many miles & rain? Tifford 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 7 05-12-2009 01:18 AM
2008 tail pipe-muffler-fell off on freeway Greg 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 15 04-14-2009 12:19 PM
Rain Problem???? eric70412 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 7 08-18-2008 09:02 PM
Rain Gear rmcnabb Bike and Rider Gear 2 07-02-2007 10:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome