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Advice for cornering in the wet

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by sonicbaz, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. I've been on my first proper ride since I got my license yesterday, did over 100km varying types of roads, excellent time, still quite nervous though.

    Unfortunately today in Brissy I got caught in the wet, and ended up going very slowly. The rain completely stuffed my confidence, is there any easy rules or advice for cornering in the wet? :?


  2. exactly what you did, slow, and upright as possible.

    And while your "learning" force yourself to get out into the rain, much better to experience it when your prepared than wait until you're caught in it unexpectedly.

    so says JJ who just threw his bike down the road in the wet :?

  3. Get BIKE magazine (UK) January edition, and check out the 'riding in the wet' segment. Lots of good advice.

    But smooth, deliberate and no sudden imputs is a good place to start....
  4. Easy on everthing.. brakes, throttle, allow bigger gaps b/w U
    & vehicle in front.
  5. Yep you did the right thing - only real difference between riding in the wet and the dry is the level of grip between your tyres and the road. So just remember not to lean the bike over as much and allow for the fact that your stopping distance will increase. Also remember that painted lines or arrows on the road can often have virtually no grip in the wet - oil on the road can also be an issue, usually worst between the wheelmarks of cars. If possible try to stick to the "dry line" generated by the wheels of the car ahead and be careful when putting your foot down when stopping (especially if there's one of those stupid arrows painted on the road).
  6. The best rule I can give you is "don't NOT ride just because it's wet."

    Of course you've gotta be a lot more careful - take into account the following:

    - Less traction means you'll slide much easier under acceleration, braking or cornering. So go slower and don't lean over so far.

    - The first rains after a long period of dryness will lift up any oils that have leached into the road surface during the preceding dry spell, and wash them across the road. So the centre of your lane around intersections will be very slippery. And be careful when you put your foot down.

    - White line paint, mushed-up leaves, shitty patch-up road repairs and metal manhole covers become extra-slippery in the wet. Be very aware of your line and remember, if it's shiny, it's your enemy.

    - Drivers can't see or hear you as well in a downpour. And, as the average driver's vehicle control is pants, they are prone to sliding and swerving due to poor vision themselves. Expect the unexpected even more than in the dry.

    - As in the dry, if you lose traction, try to relax through it and don't grab or push on any of your control inputs, that'll just upset the bike further.

    At the end of the day though, riding in the wet will do wonders for your confidence in the dry... And riding a set of twisties in the wet, gradually learning to trust your warmed-up tyres to stick as you lean it over further and further, is a great feeling.

    I got caught in the rain yesterday too. And it reminded me how long it's been since I had a good bit of wet weather practice. Keep at it!
  7. I found the same thing, i had my lisence and got caught in the rain, 2 days later. I got all nervous and tried to be really carefull, but found that was bad. I got caught out thurs, and found relax, leave a bigger gap. and just got 60%. And its the same with the car or bike, smooth, power, brakes inputs...
  8. i did my L's test in the rain for the whole first day... that was probably the best way to learn to ride
  9. Wot the others said
    Slower and more upright,
    Allow larger gaps between other vehicls but be prepeared for idiots to jump into those gaps.
    Easy on the throttle and the brakes.
    No sudden movements.
    Stay within the wheel tracks and not the centre of the lane as thats where most gunk and oil is and is slipperiest.
    Go easy over white lines.
  10. It's wet... most people are slow in the wet!

    This is your chance to be a wet weather specialist... while all your mates are tippy toeing around worried they will fall off you can be leaving rooster tails of water as you power past... ;)
  11. Unless the road surface is completely screwed as Whitehorse road once was.
    The surface was that badly worn that you had to be in the middle of the lane to get any traciton at all. There and in between the lanes, riding on the white lines.

    White lines.........B A D!!!!!

    Keep well clear of them.

    One key word though for wet weather riding.

    S M O O T H
  12. Tram tracks . Bloody lethat. I still don't know why my CB honda fell over that day. THe angle was good.. the bike upright.. I said to myself "Wath the trA....Fawwwwwww"
  13. Great thanks for the help!
  14. I got a wet weather question?????

    when you hit a pool of water on a bike say 10cm+ ,
    What happens ??????

    ,do you aqua plane ????
    or atleast ,feel the bike hit the water and feel resistance of the water ,as you do in the car.
    I was in my car last night and it was pissing down ,if i hit any of the pools of water on my bike ,i think i would of gone down for sure
    Its there any tricks or tips ,besides{ try not to hit them} ,easy to do if you could see them first.
  15. well i went through a ginorums puddle last night and all I felt was wet feet :(
  16. :LOL: :LOL:

    Least ya got clean boots again :)
  17. I have ridden in a couple of torrential downpours with huge puddles / water flowing across the road (highway speeds). I found that the bike handles big puddles better than my car. I found it was best to slow down (duh!) and to hit the puddles upright with a little power on. The bike seemed to slice through the puddles with little lateral movement. I could feel the drag but didn't really worry me too much. In my car in the wet I seem to get much more latteral movement. I reason that this would be because of the drag difference between the different side wheels / depth of puddle etc.

    Another thing is to dry your brakes after puddles. No sense in reaching for the stop lever to find that little is happening!

  18. With big puddles, it's not aquaplaning that's the problem (the "sharp" profile of bike tyres are much better than the flat car tyres for cutting through to the tarmac) - it's that the water off the front wheel can fling up with considerable force.

    I've had my feet knocked off the pegs a couple of times hitting big trenches of water at 60-80k. So careful of that. The bike didn't seem too fazed by it.

    You've got to be extra watchful of cars too in this regard, whether they're in front, beside you or coming the other way, because when they hit a big puddle at speed, a wall of water rises up and smacks you right in the face if it's timed right.

    I remember coming down King st. in the floods last Feb and a truck going the other way kicked up this f*cking tidal wave. I saw it coming, Cheng was hanging on behind me for dear life, and I sort of yelled "AAAAAAARRRRRRRR SHIIIIIIITTT" as it belted me square in the face and chest.

    It pushed me backwards so hard I nearly knocked Cheng off the back seat, and my hand rolled back on the throttle with such a jerk it was probably the closest I came to achieving a crap wheelie on the ol' 250 cruiser.

    So now if I see that situation coming, I take immediate evasive action, either powering on and accelerating past the puddle before the oncoming car hits it, or slowing down as early as I can to miss the hit.
  19. What about visor up vs visor down?

    I find with the visor up I get rain hitting my eye balls with force, visor down I steam up.

    So whats best?
  20. #1 - get an antifog visor insert or treatment.

    #2 - open it up just a crack, then open fully when stuck at the lights. Although this lets water down the inside of the visor, which sucks arse.