when the rain gets too intense, I pull my arse off the road somewhereWell I got my first dose of a nice little thunderstorm. Was a learning curve for sure. Out on a semi-country busy road, speed limit 55. Looked to my right and could see it heading across my path. It was moving right to left across the road. I tried to out run it hoping to get on the other side of it. I could see the storm and the wall of rain across the fields.
First lesson was the high wind prelude at 55. Crap I thought I was gonna be blown right into opposite traffic. Slowed down to 40 just to maintain my lane. Then the down pour hit and the rain was blowing. I went as far as about a mile. I had to stop the rain hurts and couldn't see well.
After I pulled off I noticed even cars where pulling over. I watched the rain blow across like curtains in a breeze. Didnt last long, and I pack extra cloths.
The bike impressed me, handled really well during the down pour never felt it slip. After on the wet pavement, I remembered someone mentioned here to be careful of the road paint. So that helped, and using calm and steady, riding on the wet pavement wasn't a issue even at posted speed limit.
The worst part for me was cleaning the dang bike. But I'm glad I got the experience.