Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Como, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Yup, other than track, roundabouts and wet weather have caused all my off's - does a bit of damage bouncing off curbs horizontally ... it's the oil / diesel that cars / trucks drop at even low speed and moderate lean angle. I now put one foot out, motorcross style on really small roundabouts in the wet, to catch the front washing out - but slow WAY down and keep bike as vertical as possible.
Hypersport tyres like Pirelli Diablo Rosso II's are not overly helpful in wet conditions either, the stock tyres are better with the bigger blocks. I've also read the suggestion to pull in somewhere for the first 30 minutes of rain after a dry spell. If you can see suds on the road the rain still hasn't washed off the top layer of slippery road grime.
Outside of cities - you should find road more pleasant re oil, but watch out for those rainbow filmy patches - try and stay in either car track - especially around corners, (which is hard) - think about road camber too.
Also take plenty of spare cloths to dry / clear visor - I take the nikwax spray stuff in my tank bag and in heavy rain, maybe reapply every hour, or when it stops beading. Yeah fog is bad, it takes quite a while to bead and run off, and visibility drops. I found once the beading starts, it improves marginally.
In the countryside, away from civilisation, the cold / wet is an issue, if you get soaked, how far do you have to ride to find somewhere you can dry out & warm up? How much will you become extra cold getting there? For wilderness stuff, it'd be similar to bush walking, take a space blanket type shelter bag, or a cheap bivvy bag for when it all goes tits up and you want somewhere to escape? Change into wets before you get drenched - in another 30 seconds you will be wet through. I have some great latex overboots from the US, they are 100% waterproof and keep my feet toasty with windchill. Can also wear a more comfortable touring boot under it.
I'd consider heated grips or bark busters as essential for even short touring in cold climates - your hands will get very cold.
Oh and how about something for your bum, AirHawks are great (small pillion fits well) I get around three hours between tank refills, and my entire lower half goes numb without an AH after about two in that saddle.
Last edited by Phat3R; 03-01-2013 at 09:13 AM.