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Old 11-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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So, I am planning a trip next year around Lake Michigan. I'm planning on taking a week to do it. I think it will involve riding a well-packed bike in the rain at speed. I have rode in the rain before, but at low speed and for short distances.

I'm am asking for input on a couple of things and would appreciate the comments of some of our more sport-touring types of riders (Ibex, you paying attention? LOL):

1. Gear: not limited to apparel. Extra items I should bring in case of rain, bag recommendations, packing items related to a week long trip (not camping though) or related to changing weather conditions.

2. Thoughts, warnings, and/or encouragement about riding in bad weather.

3. Any specific comments about the trip itself from anyone who may have made it.

Thank you in advance
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:34 AM   #2
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socks/underwear, in a zip lock bag.

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Bag recommendations: if a sleeping bag you want a synthetic fill that insulates when wet like hollofil II; if luggage you can use regular bags with either dry bags in them or get ortlibb bags View Ortlieb Products \\ Motorcycle Bags at http://www.ortliebusa.com.

I've been reasonably happy with frogg toggs as an inexpensive rain suit. You will want waterproof boots. I like my Sidi Adventure Rain boots but I'm sure that there is something less massive and that is better to walk in.
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I meant luggage and thanks!
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Rode 14 hours a few days ago, the last 5 hours spent in heavy rain. Can't say it was pleasant riding in the rain, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Gear: Make sure you are waterproof. At high speed for long duration, water can find ways to get in. That includes your luggage. So like someone mentioned, pack the stuff you want to keep dry in a ziploc bag, then make sure your luggage is waterproof too. If you're using a tinted visor, bring a clear one.

Riding: Be even more vigilant around cars. I prefer the left most lane, less people merging in and out. But I was on a more powerful bike so it wasn't hard to keep up with speed, might be different on 250. Keep a big gap between you and the front car. Turn head side to side (when safe) to clear water from visor.

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Try out your gear in the rain before you go.
rain off over gloves are good in heavy rain.
Rain Off Gloves: Farkle Masters
consider a top box and heated gear.
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I wouldn't go without a pinlock shield as fogging can be a real problem in the rain, bring a sqweegee for the outside and a cloth in case you get water inside your helmet. Oh and remember to have fun...
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- double braking distance to vehicle in front to 4 seconds minimum.

- smooth control inputs when braking, opening throttle, shifting

- increased use of mirrors to check braking distance of vehicles to rear

- pay attention to chill effects - numbness in fingers, fatigue, slower reaction time, tiredness. Pull over if necessary
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- oh, and watch out for road surface gotcha's like painted markings, tar snakes, man hole covers, and reflection from oncoming vehicles with lights set to high beam
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You should look into one of these helmet skirts....I plan on one for next Spring and next Fall as well.


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