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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Niranjan Paul View Post
    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.
    Thanks jon. That surgical gloves option is very helpful. I must say that i always go gentle with breaks but my last trip,the truck is suddenly took turn and i m at 80 kmph,i just applied both breaks and bike slides. Although still in control but that much effect is decrease in rain as there are oils and petrol of trucks on road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kundanghanekar View Post
    Thanks jon. That surgical gloves option is very helpful. I must say that i always go gentle with breaks but my last trip,the truck is suddenly took turn and i m at 80 kmph,i just applied both breaks and bike slides. Although still in control but that much effect is decrease in rain as there are oils and petrol of trucks on road.
    the surgical glove will do more bad than good. you will sweat like anything and will prefer getting wet by rain rather than stinky sweat inside.
    i have used them extensively...
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    Any tips on how to avoid fogging of the visor? I read some articles online, and found two practically doable solutions :

    1) Buff the inner side of the visor with dishwasher soap. But be warned, this might remove the fancy anti-glare , anti-scratch coating if any. Also people claim that this technique will make the visor brittle and it'd shattered on impact, something you don't want to happen.
    2) wear a breathing mask that will direct the air one exhales downward, away from the visor.

    Is there a spray/solution available in our market to stop fogging (something that'll actually work)?
    Has anyone tried the dishwasher method? Please advice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ags1773 View Post
    Any tips on how to avoid fogging of the visor? I read some articles online, and found two practically doable solutions :

    1) Buff the inner side of the visor with dishwasher soap. But be warned, this might remove the fancy anti-glare , anti-scratch coating if any. Also people claim that this technique will make the visor brittle and it'd shattered on impact, something you don't want to happen.
    2) wear a breathing mask that will direct the air one exhales downward, away from the visor.

    Is there a spray/solution available in our market to stop fogging (something that'll actually work)?
    Has anyone tried the dishwasher method? Please advice..
    I follow a rather simple approach. Keep the visor open by a few millimeters. Visor doesn't fog up. And as speeds reduce, say slowing down to 1st gear traffic or standing still for a traffic signal. Open the visor some more to half.

    Never had a problem with fogging visors with any amount of rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    I follow a rather simple approach. Keep the visor open by a few millimeters. Visor doesn't fog up. And as speeds reduce, say slowing down to 1st gear traffic or standing still for a traffic signal. Open the visor some more to half.

    Never had a problem with fogging visors with any amount of rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    I follow a rather.... with any amount of rain.
    The problem with that is rain drops enter and settle on the inside of the visor (even if I'm careful and close the visor before spending up, this eventually happens).

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    Been riding to office daily in the rains.... Raincoat, gloves, covered crocs on the feet (I store my formal shoes in the office locker😁, open face helmet with the visor forming a canopy just above eye level, 100% clear goggles for unhindered vision... The goggles work perfect during the day as any water droplets accumulating on it simply stay 'invisible' due to being outside the minimum focusing distance of the eyes.... Although night driving is a pain as the droplets magnify the glare from headlights of oncoming traffic. And I have a mesh honeycomb seat on my FZ which somehow never gets wets or accumulates water. I make it a point to not exceed 45-50kmph even on empty stretches and keep the bike upright at all times. Not had any heart stopping moments yet and hopefully that continues!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theironhorse99 View Post
    the surgical glove will do more bad than good. you will sweat like anything and will prefer getting wet by rain rather than stinky sweat inside.
    i have used them extensively...
    Thanks for bringing that up! I forgot to mention, i also use some talcum powder applied on both hands to atleast make it a bit better. It does help with the sweating.

    And the surgical glove in question, is not the tight fitting one that the doctors use, it's kind of like a loose fitting one, that doesnt cut off all air supply. It's called latex gloves if i'm not mistaken. Anyways, i get it in a medical store next to my place, so sourcing them is'nt a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by kundanghanekar View Post
    Thanks jon. That surgical gloves option is very helpful. I must say that i always go gentle with breaks but my last trip,the truck is suddenly took turn and i m at 80 kmph,i just applied both breaks and bike slides. Although still in control but that much effect is decrease in rain as there are oils and petrol of trucks on road.
    When traveling at 80kmph, and to avoid any collision with a vehicle in front of you, always make sure you maintain a safe distance. For example, in dry weather, an ideal distance of 50-70 meters distance with the truck would do. In rains, try maintaining a bit more, so that you do not become unsettled or panic even if the truck does a stupid maneuver, and also that you have enough space to bring your vehicle gradually to a stop rather than punching the brakes which will definitely make the bike to skid.
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