Long rainy ride!

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Sharky1948, May 4, 2009.

  1. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

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    This past weekend I rode in a Memorial Ride for the 32 victims of the massacre at Virginia Tech two years ago. My daughter was a freshman at the time and fortunately was not among those injured.

    I rode from Connecticut to norther Virginia on Friday...9 hours in the rain. Fortunately we have a nice day for the run on Saturday and the service was inspiring. The ride back was 12 hours in the rain. In total over the three days I rode about 1250 miles, of which about 1100 were in the rain!

    Thankfully, between my inexpensive HD packable rain pants and jacket and the Aerostich boot and glove covers, I remained totally dry (not to say warm though) for the whole ride.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    You took that new bike out in the rain? :lolrolling
     
  3. Sharky1948

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    Looks like a rat bike now. And, the Neutral light doesn't work. Guess the switch got wet. But, that's what new bike warranties are for.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Well christened for sure. Typical with the neutral light. Just be careful when starting it, if it is the switch that is causing the problem it will start in gear unlike when the system is working right and you have to pull in the clutch to start.
     
  5. WHM1

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    Good for you... I do not like riding in the rain... but if we have a destination already and plans we RIDE. We had an overnight trip planned for this week-end with another couple. They were late meeting us and could tell something was up. The forecast called for showers and late afternoon thundershowers. The weather for Friday was good with a chance of showers late afternoon. They asked me what I thought about the rain and my answers was.... I think we will get there before the rain and would most likely get wet on Saturday. THEY BACKED OUT AND DID NOT WANT TO GO !! We ended up having to pay for the room because of the 24 hours cancelation policy. We ride with another couple and never have we backed out of a planned trip. If this ever happens again wife and I decided we would continue with our plans with or without the the couple. We bought our bikes to ride not to keep garaged and afraid to get them wet.
     
  6. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  7. Darmon

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    It (EDIT) they left you holding the bill for the hotel! Dr. Doolittle said it best:

    On the other hand, they should have never left you with any financial responsibilities due to their backing out of the trip - simply not cool.

    I don't particularly like to ride in the rain either but sometimes it just happens and if you have the right gear it can help. My husband and I took an advanced rider course a few weekends ago and it was nice the first day and pouring rain the second day! It was a great experience for me as I was previously afraid/nervous to ride in the rain and now I can make excellent/comfortable quick stops and I know HOW to ride in the rain so no more fears!

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  8. WHM1

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    Let me say it this way... WE DO NOT LOOK TO RIDE IN THE RAIN.... on the way up I felt confident that the rain would not start until we were safely at the destination. The next day was for scattered showers... means we may get wet but usually we're suited up and look for cover if it rains really hard. Once the shower passes we start out again. We have ridden all day in rain but not a frog strangler... if it rains hard we find cover and wait until it slows down.