Hey, sorry I've been moving the last week and havent had much time online... Im in Norway. Mainly riding around Bergen, one of the rainiest cities in europe I believe.Sounds similiar to PNW. I think Seattle is a sister city to Bergen actuallyI see you are from Scandinavia, what part do you do your driving in? I've never been there but in the Pacific NW part of the USA, on the coast we get a lot of rain and the terrain is hilly to mountainous. Our roads have a lot of curves and we have a lot of hills to negotiate. For me, the most important thing for wet riding is tires and it is more important than rain gear. I try to use soft rubber tires with a tread pattern that will move the water out from under the tire's contact patch. The other thing is to slow down and maintain extended room from the traffic. You will need additional stopping room. If you ride frequently in the rain I suggest practicing stopping in the wet from about 30 MPH. That will give you a feel for your bike's traction. I ride a 1972 CB450 and a 10985 GL1200. I prefer the GL in the wet. It just feels more stable and planted in the wet.
Will definitely get out and test out some braking when I have time. Have only had the bike a month now and although I've been riding everyday, it's mainly to and from work or in between cities. Hopefully I'll get some free time soon so I can take it up into the the mountains around here and push it a little to get more used to the braking and handling. Interesting that you prefer the GL to the CB. Ive had an 82 CB400 before and a 69 CL350. Both were so small I felt the brakes and more so the engine braking were adequate. Here I notice the engine braking is really minimal and find myself using the actual brakes more.