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Lightening danger

Car drivers are immune to lighting. Motorcyclist are not.
I, like most of us, got caught riding into a lighting storm trying to find shelter.
I knew the danger is out-there but not much I could do.

In the last few days we had torrential rain coming down along with thunder and lighting.. It is welcomed since we need our aquifer refilled.

This tragedy happened within a few miles from my house

May the rider rest in peace.

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I have heard of that once before, in Kansas I think. I have ridden in storms but only when there was nowhere to take shelter. I worry about hail more than lightning.

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I have heard of lightning striking the antenna,which to me is just a lightning rod,I have been known to fold mine down when there’s no cover like Dave said,which I think is wise decision,not in rain but lightning.

Love chasing white lines but they are difficult to catch.Hate drivers with no STOPLIGHTS.

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Somewhere buried in the forum is a clip of what I recall was a BMW rider struck in the helmet. He was amazingly lucky, and was able to pull to the side and put the side stand down. He didn't remember much but survived. That was the day I stopped riding in lightning storms!

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If your lucky enough to find a bridge to take shelter under don't sit on the guide wire waiting for the storm to pass. Guy I worked with did that and got what he called an electric enema, he didn't get hurt but said he never stood up so fast in his life.
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Like Dave said, hail is just as bad, maybe worse, than lightning. It not only beats you senseless, it covers the roadway with tiny marbles. Or, in some cases, big marbles.

Around here the hail doesn't get too big, but in the mid west it can be big enough that a direct hit could be as lethal as a lightning strike.
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I recall in Az while I lived there people were struck by lightning and there was no storm in the area,there’s so much ore in the ground that attracts lightning that one never knows where it might strike.

Love chasing white lines but they are difficult to catch.Hate drivers with no STOPLIGHTS.

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I've wondered about lightning being a danger motorcycle riders. I never heard of it happening until the news article from Florida. My wife and I ride for pleasure and the pure fun of it. When we are on the road, I'll look at the radar map for the area will be riding. If the weather looks nasty, we'll change the route or stay where we are another day. Rain is ok but lightning hitting all around you takes the fun out of the ride.
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Having lived in Florida I hated getting caught out in a storm. I'm not a fan of lightening as it is, all I have to hear is thunder in the distance and off goes the computer and internet, stuff gets unplugged. A week ago a storm came through Lovington and the strike was close by it took out the transformer on the pole.


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I had to explain to my co workers it's not rubber tires protecting occupants in a car struck by lightning, it's the metal frame and body around them creating a faraday cage. I said think of lightning jumping 20,000 feet from could to ground... Is it logical to think 6 inches of wet or dry rubber tire is going to help? Seriously tires have nothing to do with it, to that kind of voltage they're electrically none existent. Now put metal arch front to back over there too of you and the bike and some means to keep it constantly in contact with the ground you'd look wierd but would probably be protected (you'd still have to change your pants). My said boat is bonded that way and it's saved my fanny more than once.

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