G'day all, I just thought I'd let you know that I am sitting at my desk in gently steaming pool of water, freezing cold, battered, and quite relieved to be alive, I have just ridden through the most amazing thunderstorm of my entire life. I have ridden in storms before, but not like this'n. I left home expecting rain, it was forecast after all, and I was suitably kitted out. For the first 20 mins it only threatened me, I could see lightning a few k's distant, hear almost continuous thunder, and see huge green/black towering cumulo nimbus clouds that must have topped out at 10,000 feet or more. Above me was clear sky, a few wispy streaks of stratus only, when suddenly, and I do mean suddenly the sky fell on me. I have only ever seen rain like that once before, up at Kakadu in the wet season, it hit me like a physical blow, and I felt the bike decelerate as it hit, I was doing about 80, and had no forward vision at all, it was like a constant waterfall running over my visor. I lifted my visor and the rain immediately beat it closed again. I opened it again and held it open with my left hand, giving me about 3 seconds of vision before my glasses were smashed against my face by the driving rain, hard enough to leave a bruise on the bridge of my nose. I managed to pull over to the verge and stop, but cars were going past me without slowing down at all, and even with wipers they couldn't have been able to see much past their bonnets. It was madness, if one had rear-ended another it would have caused a chain reaction involving dog knows how many cars. I felt that their was a real possibility that a car might pull over and hit me as I stood there, so I climbed up the embankment a bit and waited. It only lasted a few minutes, but in that time a huge area of topsoil was washed into the road and became a sea of mud. I got back on the bike, soaked to the bone, every inch of me dripping, and carried on to the office. I have no spare clothes, I have meetings all day, and I am like a wet dishrag. I have a fan heater going at my feet in a desperate attempt to dry out, but it is creating so much steam I don't think it's helping one iota. Ahhh the joys of the motorcycle eh.......one day I'll learn...one day.....surely.....please.