Posted in Motorcycle, safety, Women Riders

Riding in the Driving Rain

I recently shared the following in response to an Instagram post from @empoweringwomenriders (#followthosegals).

blurry rain
When this is the view from your visor. : /

Sometimes you have somewhere to be with no ifs, ands, or buts. In those times, when you find you absolutely have to ride your motorcycle in the driving rain (pun intended), take extra precautions.

  • Trust your gut. If it looks like rain ahead, then stop and put on all the gear before you get dumped on. Because soggy boots suck.
  • Slow way down. It absolutely does not matter how fast the cars are going. Just get in the slow lane, if there is one, and/or throw on your flashers (and leave them on) and wave the cars past.
  • Increase your safety distance by a lot and don’t let anyone tailgate you. (See previous tip.)
  • Ride in cars’ tire tracks if possible.
  • Never trust a puddle.
  • Do not slam on the brakes.
  • Rough weather can stress you out and wear you down. Take a coffee break. You deserve it.

These are only a few pointers from my experience. Here are more detailed articles on the topic:

https://www.twistedthrottle.com/blog/15-tips-for-motorcycle-riding-in-the-rain/

https://motoress.com/ride/how-to/tips-for-motorcycle-riding-in-heavy-rain/

https://www.visordown.com/features/advanced-riding/wet-weather-motorcycle-riding-tips

While not rain-specific, I want to stress the evermore critical nature of protection in the rain: wear all the gear, all the time. #atgatt #helmet #nobrainer

A closing point: rain gear and weatherproof gear can differ significantly. What you wear and/or wish to carry on your bike will depend on your needs. Read this gear guide for product specifications:

https://www.denniskirk.com/learn/motorcycle-rain-gear-guide

What experiences have you had riding in the rain? Which tips would you add to the list? 🏍🖤

 

@twistedthrottle @motoress @visordown @gearpatrol @klimwomen @denniskirk

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