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Hello again, any tips for making riding in the rain any easier and safer? How do you see thru a windshield and glasses in the rain? Also how do you keep the rain from stinging your face at higher speeds? I could see using a helmet shield, but that adds another layer of plastic to see thru. ( I am not a tough as I used to be in my middle age)

Rain is forcast for the next 2 weeks and I wanted to do a few trips.

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First and foremost is good tires and rain suit, I always enjoy riding in the rain as long as I am dry and warm. Ideally you should belooking justover the top of the windshield. I always ware a full face helmet in the rain cuz I cant stand the rain hitting me in the face. The wind coming off the windshield keep the visor quite clear. Slow down and don't lean to far into turns and all should be good.. Good luck

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I have been reluctant to chop off the windshield for fear I would regret it later. Does it make any difference in wind blocking ability?

I guess just saw it off neatly with a band saw and belt sand the edge?

Are there products that allow the rain to not bead and slide off better?

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Use the search for windshields for some ideas, Silverfox has a real good detailed method. I used a drummel tool to cut, then a Friends table top belt sander for the rough sand and then worked up to a 1200 grit wet dry to finish. looks pretty good to me. Make sure you use a sanding block for the hand stuff or you may slip and scratch the shield.(don't ask how I know) Remember to make sure when you cut it that it's so you can just look over, so if it gets real nasty all you have to do is shrug down a bit and your covered. Yes it does change the air envelope around the driver and passenger, but not really badly, seems the passenger gets the worst of it. Another suggestion I got from here was to take a piece of 3/16 tubing slit it down on side and push it on to the edge of the screen, will stop the water from flying off and hitting you in the face. I haven't tried it yet but will this week. Apparently we are in for a week of rain and I am just getting my baby down off the lift for the first time in 3weeks, so a little rain is not going to stop me. The other point to mention, is you use the tubing idea make sure it's long enough so the water can't come on to your knees.


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Hope I'm not too late to be helpful.
Use good rain gear that seals well at cuffs and neck.( Some of the waterproof gear really isn't and some of it can get very heavy when wet. I use First Gear products and like them but I still wear rain gear when I know that it's going to rain)
Wear rain boots of some kind.No leather boot is waterproof forever. Wear rubber or nylon overgloves.( I really like the triple digit raincovers from Aerostich)
If you have an electric vest/jacket liner use it.
Wait a hour after the rain starts before heading out. Let some of the road oils dissipate.
Stay on the major roadways (Completely opposite of riding in good weather)
Slow down. Slow down more!
Don't be tempted into drafting behind a truck. It's dry but EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
Allow a lot of extra time to slow down or make turns. (If you miss a turn or POI JUST turn around when you can.)
Don't press too hard for mileage. The extra concentration needed to ride in the rain is VERY tirering.
Eat meals more often. The cooler air drains you quickly.

I've ridden thousands of miles in the rain, I do not like it at all but I'm going when I'm going and that's all there is to it.


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Rich is right and to add to that: when the rain begins the center of the highway; where the oil accumilates, becomes quite slippery, I ride to the left or right of center to stay out of the oil.

Also in stop and go city driving be careful when putting your foot down at an intersections. The surface is often quite oily from car that stop and your foot could slip. Once you get off balance the true weight of the wing can be felt and is often difficult to recover - and you cannot help but drop the bike.

My helmet has a face sheild so when it rains I just lower the shield a bit and I have no problem with the water off the windshield. However today I was wearing my half helmet and got caught in the rain; it was quite uncomfortable having the rain beat me in the face. If youdo not have aface shield, a wide pair of shades, glasses, or goggle will help.

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These are all excellent suggestions. I hadnt thought of the oily road hazard. I am sure glad I posted this question.

What about windshield treatment like rainx? Work on motocycle winshields?

http://www.rainx.com/BB/default.htm

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In a pinch I've slipped a couple garbage bags over my boots and tucked the open ends up under my Frogg Toggs. Not pretty but it kept my feet dry. I really like the Frogg Toggs so far. They look like paper but I haven't managed to tear one yet, they don't cause a sweat build up and they do a good job of keeping me dry. I also like the small package they stuff into, I keep them in the bike all the time unless I'm wearing them.

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Exavid are these the ones that fit over the front portion of your shoe?

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