I've been there. Rode thru Oregon and it rained the whole time. Thank goodness for the freeze out gear I bought at Cycle Gear. Kept me warm and dry. My Valkyrie got wet but ran really good in the rain. It still isn't my idea of a good time
oh god no! death grip anxiety in traffic plowing thru puddles at speed, worried the nit behind me isn't paying attention and somehow...will miss the illuminated bright green and white bike in front of them, light rain I smile like an idiot to make cagers think its fun, those downpours with no place hide..ugh
I've never rode the new 1800's, but the driest bikes I've EVER got caught in the rain were my old 86 wing and 2000 wing... got caught in a Kaw concours...gah..soaked, then cooked.. worse than had i been in a standard of some kind
I've ridden more than a few times in rain on naked bikes I've owned. Gloves, FF Helmet and I am good.
Back in about June or July 1995, "Wife Unit" and I took a trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, only planned for two days out, on my 1974 Triumph Trident 750 (I had built an easily attachable / detachable combo back rest for her with small rack extending over rear for small bag, etc).
Lunch at Mabry Mill, motel at Rt 52, guy in room next door had a GL1500, asked me how two people could ride "that itty bitty bike" (as he called it) so far. LOL, the big dummy was more crowded alone on his GL I figured. LOL.
Second day out we stopped at Bluff's for lunch, wife asked if we could spend night at the lodge, so I said yeah. Was two HOT sunny days so far (85-90 is hot on BRP) We rode on to Grandfather Mtn. … then rode back to Bluff's Lodge & checked in. No TV in room,nice evening, so we enjoyed a fire on the large communal patio that night chatting with a LEO's young widow and her 11 year old son … and there was another couple there who were touring two up on a Honda ST1100.
Awoke next morning, rain & foggy, & just 56 degrees. Bike started easily as always. Unpacked rain gear as it was then, wrapped camera in plastic well, off to breakfast.
We headed the 200 plus miles north to home. It rained the whole way, she wore a rain slicker. Made stops every 10-20 miles when chain got noisy crying for some chain wax, chain would be hot, wipe dry, bike on C-stand, rotate wheel, spray liberally, let wax dry, off again. Had to slow a little to weave our way through group of HD riders & co-riders hiding from the rain (sissies) under the overpass at Va. Rt 89 (ONLY double arch bridge over the BRP). Tis a wonder they didn't get hit, must have been 10-12 bikes and near 20 people under there.
Was "Wife Unit"s first long overnight ride and she was very happy when I found us the '85 GL1200A later that August.