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    Quote Originally Posted by The Art Of Safe Riding View Post

    Brake gently, using more of the rear brake than the front (just the opposite of what you would do in the dry).
    Why more rear? true even when both wheels have discs?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    3) Apply rain protector liquid on your visor (difficult to obtain in India though), else keep a separate cloth (preferable one without threads / cotton popping out) handy on the bike. wherever you slow down/stop use the cloth to wipe the visor
    Any brand in mind? Can I get here in the US? I have a everclear visor that does not fog up from the inside of the helmet. That helps for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by L.P. View Post
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    Braking: It is advisable to use Engine braking during rains, and ifyou are to use the brakes ,Be Gentle on Brakes,as harsh braking may lock up the wheels,and cause them to skid.
    I experienced the contrary. downshifting caused the rear wheel to torque and lose traction on many occasions. maybe i was doing it wrong, but on a downslope with hydroplaning kicking in, i had some rear slides...not pleasant!..but i do get your point....i engine brake in my cage many a times.

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    does decreasing the tire pressure a little help in riding in the rain??
    the tyres on the apache slip even on dry roads with small patches of water so when it rains i have to ride at speeds around 35-40
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    Quote Originally Posted by revvhard View Post
    does decreasing the tire pressure a little help in riding in the rain??
    Quite the opposite mate!
    Always assume the other guy will mess up - Ride Defensively!

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    Question Riding during rains.

    Hi all!

    First, warm wishes for the winter season just round the corner.
    Now, straight to the topic - riding in rains.
    I live in Chennai and I cross the entire length of IT Expressway daily in order to reach and return from office (Adyar to Sipcot). It has been pouring heavily nowadays.

    Lets consider today's incident; I was returning early (my luck ) from office at around 2 PM. Started well from Sipcot (One end of the expressway) I'd barely done 2 kms when it started down-pouring like anything. I stopped and put on my rain coat and continued. But boy, rain drops were hurting me. I couldn't see anything properly through the helmet visor. The road was open and there were no interceptors; courtesy - rains .

    I struggled to keep up at 45 kmph due to the wind blast from the right side when I saw a CBR 250R cross me at a blinding speed. No idea what was on the freak's mind! He was no less than 100 I am sure! But to my utter sorrow, he skid some 200 metres ahead into a pool of mud.
    God's grace he was ok. There were scratches and I could see the paint missing from the fairing on the left. I learnt he braked hard due to a dog!

    Hence, I have a few questions:-
    1. How to ride in rains?
    2. Can we continue counter steering as on a normal day?
    3. I have been practicing cornering for 3 months now, but today I didn't dare attempt any corner above 30 kmph.
    Question:- can we corner as effectively in rains?
    4. Should we ride with the helmet visor closed (poor visibility) or open (you certainly get a face wash...)?
    5. Is riding over 50 kmph during heavy rains sane?

    I request sincere help from all XBHPians. I have learnt a lot many things in the past 5 months here. Help me one more time.

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    Hi, I have put in some of my inputs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Hence, I have a few questions:-
    1. How to ride in rains? Ride normally,just be careful, cut down your speed because you don't see the road ahead as well as in sunshine. Front brakes is a no-no during rains
    2. Can we continue counter steering as on a normal day? Yes
    3. I have been practicing cornering for 3 months now, but today I didn't dare attempt any corner above 30 kmph.
    Question:- can we corner as effectively in rains? No. Not on public roads where surface condition is not guaranteed.
    4. Should we ride with the helmet visor closed (poor visibility) or open (you certainly get a face wash...)? Buy this: Moto Solutions
    Close your visor and see the rain disappear. This is not expensive and lasts a long time.

    5. Is riding over 50 kmph during heavy rains sane? If the road condition, traffic and visibility permits, sure.
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    BV - Front brakes a no, no?

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    Default Re: Riding in Rains

    Rainy season in Mumbai makes it really horrible where you merely get a chance to judge the pot holes and the morons driving the four wheeler or three wheelers. So even if you are driving slowly it always doesn't help. Another thing I have learned this monsoon. The very first day of this monsoon I was in a little hurry and was traveling at around 60kmph , I was about to take a right turn. There was a car in front of me at around a distance of 60meter he was also suppose to take that same turn. I gradually came down to 40kmph , but that car instead of turning made a dead stop on the turn. I was eventually ready to take a turn but suddenly I had to brake at a distance of 20meter from the car resulting a nice slide. Didn't hurt me much, but what I have learned from that is if possible try to keep any eye on front tyre of the car in front of you and never follow a car blindly instead try to be in line with its rear tyre.

    Experts correct me if I have nay wrong observation.
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    Default Re: Riding in Rains

    great tips from CEAT & fellow Riders... very useful

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    Default Scared for rain touring

    Hi everybody,

    last time i posted my query about jharkhan tour from pune. Uptill now, i didnt get enough time for tour as i m busy. But now mya be within a week, i have to go. But weather changes suddenly and here comes the rainy season. i m going to cover 1800 kms in 2 days, from pune to jharkhand covering three or four states.
    What are the precautions i have to take during rainy season?
    i have CBR 150r,as there are no ABS....what u suggest?
    also help me regarding riding gear( i have riding jacket with rain liner). Also i have cramster saddlebag,so do i need to cover it?

    any thing if i m missing,please inform me about that.

    rgds,
    kundan ghanekar

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    Default Re: Scared for rain touring

    Quote Originally Posted by kundanghanekar View Post
    Hi everybody,

    last time i posted my query about jharkhan tour from pune. Uptill now, i didnt get enough time for tour as i m busy. But now mya be within a week, i have to go. But weather changes suddenly and here comes the rainy season. i m going to cover 1800 kms in 2 days, from pune to jharkhand covering three or four states.
    What are the precautions i have to take during rainy season?
    i have CBR 150r,as there are no ABS....what u suggest?
    also help me regarding riding gear( i have riding jacket with rain liner). Also i have cramster saddlebag,so do i need to cover it?

    any thing if i m missing,please inform me about that.

    rgds,
    kundan ghanekar

    Hi Kundan,

    For riding in rains, this thread almost covers everything there is to be! But always stay aware of your surroundings, and be on the lookout for anything that might become an obstacle. The CBR 150 will do good in the rains, and you dont have to be worried about no ABS, just go gentle with the brakes. I recently bought a Cramster Breezer 4S jacket, it's got a rain liner and a thermal liner, does the job pretty well, and i dont have any complaints as of yet. I'm not sure about the cramster saddle bag, maybe other riders can comment on this? I use a Viaterra Claw, and it's not waterproof, but has a waterproof cover given along with it.

    If you're riding in cold climate with rain, make sure that you dont get affected by the wind chill factor, and keep yourself properly warm. You could use thermal underwear if needed. As a precaution, you can also wear surgical gloves inside your riding gloves incase they're not waterproof. I've also had to wear plastic covers over my socks during heavy rains, to keep my feet dry, but dont know if many would approve of this.

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