I have looked at the rain fall in Melbourne and it looks steady. The reason was; I suspected that it was drier there than I thought; not the case. I've been told that dry places like in the South West US, collect lots of oil. etc. on the pavement in dry periods and when it rains the surface becomes emulsified with that and it is [death] to motor cycle riders. . Sorry if I went off-topic but this occurred to me and I thought it prudent to pass on.
This is terrible news! With the record rainfall predicted here in CA, I was hoping to just dig out the rain gear and keep riding to work. If the bike isn't stable, it won't work for me in Los Angeles traffic.
i have done alomost 1000 kms on it, so they should be worn in by now, i know harleys are not big for riding in the wet but i had no other choice as i didnt have my car. i was very disappointed about it and its the only thing i dont like about the bike.
I ride each and every day to work on the bike, riding a few times in the rain. I haven't experienced a feeling of it being unsafe, though I also take extra precautions when it is wet. I would also love to hear about everyones rainy day experiences.
I have not shared that feeling. I know I had a week of straight rain and flooding at one point. No issues through standing water and such, either. It's trained the last couple days here and today was mostly fine must. No issues, but you do have to take extra precautions and not ride the same as you would if it were dry.
I rode 750 for about 1,000 miles. Almost every day to go to my office. I drove it many times in the heavy rain. Of course it takes a bit longer distance to stop, and I need to be careful to avoid slippy part of the road. However I don't feel that street 750 is weaker for rainy conditions than other bikes that I used in the past 40 years.
years ago, on the m109r I had, I would purposely spin the rear tire in the rain while riding on the streets around san Antonio >
shoot that bike would do that on dry streets just under acceleration.
even my ST will do that too on some streets.
but on my HD street, I don't even try.....
like others have mentioned, I hadn't noticed any difference as far as riding in the rain with this bike. just use a bit more caution when riding in the rain, unless you want to play with a lil danger....>
When I first bought my 750, it was not my intention to ride year round or in the rain. Then about a month ago I had my car stolen from my apartments parking lot. It was found a few miles down the road a couple days later. Well I did not feel like letting whom ever stole it, have a free ride when ever they needed it. So I sold it. And now my only transportation is my 750. So I bought rain gear, and have had to use it four times so far this year. I have not had any issues with riding in the rain, at least not with how the bike handles. I try to use as much caution as I can when its wet like SLOWING DOWN, avoiding standing water, painted crosswalks and arrows, and the reflectors in the middle of the road. I am a very new rider, only been doing it for 6 months or so, and I want to keep it on two wheels.
Riding in the rain sucks. I have done it on several bikes. I just had the opportunity to ride my STREET in it. Other than the complete un-fun of rain I didn't have an unusual issue with it. Maybe it's a pavement issue.
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