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What is wrong with riding in the rain?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by PranK, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Besides safety concerns, whats the big deal? I see so many ad's for bikes where people state 'never ridden in the rain' .. Makes me think that there is a mechanical reason for not riding in the rain... Is there?


     
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  2. Maybe they just want everyone to know they are softcocks :)
     
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  3. A bike ridden in the rain has the habit of getting dirty in hard to reach places. So the trick is to buy a clean one and dishevel it with your own riding road grime.
     
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  4. Rust. Dirt. That unloved feeling :wink:
     
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  5. Maybe thats it. :)

    Is that really it? While I can see that as being a selling point on some collectors bike or cool old vintage thing, its hardly a big deal for a daily rider, surely?
     
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  6. I get the feeling the bike would feel unloved if you *didnt* ride it in the rain. :)
     
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  7. Moving parts that are dirty are more prone to wear. Things like suspension are a biatch to clean. Some people like to keep their bikes looking pretty. Other like to ride them. Some have the time for both.
     
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  8. :shock:
    :LOL:

    I guess the more exposed to all elements, the more likely to look less than pristine. Then .. do you buy a bike to just admire? I prefer to ride mine, although I will admit I like to keep her relatively clean, especially when the two of us are alone in the garage right after I've washed her down ...
    ... but that's another story :oops:
     
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  9. It's actually an underground dating thing.

    "Never ridden in the rain" lets viewers of the ad know that the seller is a flaming homosexual and interested in some action apart from just flogging a bike.
     
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  10. Love riding in the rain, especially with my new PR2s. It's even better if you can crack a vent open without getting too much water inside the helmet, the fresh air, the smell of hot bitumen and that unseen bloated corpse of a roo :sick: :LOL:
     
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  11. Why some ads say: “ Never ridden in rainâ€.

    Well it’s kinda sounds like the bike is only used is ‘ideal conditions’ & it’s also difficult to disprove.
    Scored brakes disks & notchy steering bearings (before time) might be some side effects to lots of mud/rain riding.

    Always check a bike out though. Red flag for me is a bike with 20,000kms & brand spanking panels etc.

    Like the comment ‘never crashed’ makes me look extra hard for crash damage ( on the frame & difficult to spot places that don’t get replaced in a crash repair) because most crash reapirs involves replacement parts (brand new) & a lot of sellers reckon you can’t tell that the bike ever went down.
     
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  12. I ride rain or shine, and in canberra, rain clouds usually follow me.

    Fogging visors are about the most irritating thing.
     
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  13. What Bonk said :LOL:
     
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  14. nothing sexier than suds dripping down the curves of a tank ;)
    people tend to judge me when i say that, until i show them the wedding photos of us out in international waters on that boat we hired. then they usually go silent, which i interpret as acceptance and probably just a little bit of marital jealousy.

    in all seriousness, rain-dodgers need to harden the fcuk up. sure, due care must be taken in the wet, but like all other aspects of life, it's important to focus on the positive.
    i believe police LIDAR is useless in the rain ;)
     
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  15. haha, i just sold a bike last week and the guy looking at it asked 'has it been ridden in the rain', i said of course mate, why wouldn't i ride in the rain? he didn't really have any response and bought the bike anyway.
     
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  16. [quote="loki]nothing sexier than suds dripping down the curves of a tank ;)
    people tend to judge me when i say that, until i show them the wedding photos of us out in international waters on that boat we hired. then they usually go silent, which i interpret as acceptance and probably just a little bit of marital jealousy.

    in all seriousness, rain-dodgers need to harden the fcuk up. sure, due care must be taken in the wet, but like all other aspects of life, it's important to focus on the positive.
    i believe police LIDAR is useless in the rain ;)[/quote]

    LMAO
    sometimes you don't get a choice about riding in the rain... unless you can fit an umbrella on the bike
     
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  17. Id prefer to buy a bike never ridden in the rain, so it would last longer when i did.

    As someone mentioned rain is dirty, it gets in to small places hard to clean out and increases the rate of ware. So i want the bike to last as long as possible and one that has stayed out of the weather is going to be a better choice.

    So im happy knowing there are people that keep their bikes out of the rain . :)
     
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  18. Maybe they just want everyone to know they are softcocks :)[/quote]


    I'll second that :grin:
     
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  19. who wants to hear of my plans for MotoGP DOMINATION?
    (it involves a learner bike limited to 154km/h and a SuperSoaker sponsership deal ;) )
     
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  20. Personally, I dont mind riding when it is constant rain - actually like it. What I dont like is those days where its dry and wet through the day - hard to keep a rythm.

    Anyway, some reasons why people dont like riding in the rain - in no particular order:
    Can be dangerous
    Everything is dirty
    Getting wet and cold - expecially in winter
    Visors fogging
    Wet down the middle of your back
    wet crotch
    Exposed wires on slightly older bikes can be a concern
    tyres dont work as well :LOL:

    Apart from that. Riding in the rain is fun. :)
     
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