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Old 04-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Misty conditions riding for a newb

Rode in today expecting clear skies till late tonight. Greeted with a white out at the 36th floor and general dampness outside.

I'm a cyclist so I generally understand riding on this mist slickened roads, but anything special to know about doing it on a bigger bike? It's a 6 mile ride home on mostly asphalt. Should I stick with side streets or get in the main lane?

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Old 04-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Rode in today expecting clear skies till late tonight. Greeted with a white out at the 36th floor and general dampness outside.

I'm a cyclist so I generally understand riding on this mist slickened roads, but anything special to know about doing it on a bigger bike? It's a 6 mile ride home on mostly asphalt. Should I stick with side streets or get in the main lane?

Thanks.

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Just ride slower if you don't feel your bike or are anxious. If you have good tires wet or slick roads aren't a problem. If there is much mist out there I ride with my warning lights on so that cars can see me but other than that I don't see what kind of advise I could give you. A bit of offroading would help you knowing your bike better and handling it well on any terrain. That said I get back to my first point, better to ride slower and taking 5 minutes more to get home than having an accident. If you do mostly on road, the TR91 from dunlop have an excellent grip on wet!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Rain is usually better than mist.



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Old 04-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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My rule of thumb is to ride the inner side of the road where a car would be driving, particularly at intersections as Fredrydr pointed out a little bit of rain creates an oil slick. The middle of the lane is where oil drops accumulate from poorly maintained autos. Just take it a little slower, watch out for slicks, pooled water, and painted portions of the road (particularly in turns).
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:29 PM   #5
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watch out for man hole covers, wet leaves as well. Ride with your high beam on. Easy turn ins on corners, easy throttle hand. Extra vigilance riding defensively.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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Light on throttle and be mindful when downshifting. I live in Oregon and don't really think about it anymore. Just ride more defensively.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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Visibility is down watch the multiwheelers as they are not as attentive as we need to be in the rain.tapp'er gently you'll be fine,follow previous comments.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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Rode in today expecting clear skies till late tonight. Greeted with a white out at the 36th floor and general dampness outside.

I'm a cyclist so I generally understand riding on this mist slickened roads, but anything special to know about doing it on a bigger bike? It's a 6 mile ride home on mostly asphalt. Should I stick with side streets or get in the main lane?

Thanks.

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watch out for man hole covers, wet leaves as well. Ride with your high beam on. Easy turn ins on corners, easy throttle hand. Extra vigilance riding defensively.
Good points - except the high beam which seems to be an american/canadian phenomenon (you'd get done by the police in most countries)... the last thing you want to do is glare other motorists, particularly in misty conditions when their often ill-maintained wiper blades are already smearing their vision. Far safer to have dipped driving/auxiliary lights fitted - much more conspicuous but without the glare.

Also try to stay in the positions where car tyres run - that way you avoid surfacing oil/petrol/diesel in the centre of the lane.

After a few hours of a good rainstorm, on a modern bike with quality tyres you'll have about 80-90% of the traction of a dry road so presuming you're riding smoothly and sensibly you're unlikely to slide/skid/spin. Don't forget a motorbike weighs 10-20x what a bicycle weighs so you have a lot more pounds per square inch pressing your tyres to the road.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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Good points - except the high beam...
I agree wholeheartedly. High or main beam simply dazzles the driver/rider from reflection off the fine droplets of fog and mist, thereby reducing visibility.

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Old 04-17-2013, 06:53 PM   #10
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Painted lines become VERY SLICK with just mist, long before the asphalt with deeper texture begins to get slick. Think water on a painted floor...
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Don't forget to avoid turtles. You know the things in the road with reflectors built into the sides? Hit a few of those dry is an awakening experience, hitting them wet will make your butt pucker up.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:48 AM   #12
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watch out for man hole covers, wet leaves as well. DO NOT ride with your high beam on. Easy turn ins on corners, easy throttle hand. Extra vigilance riding defensively.
Good advice!
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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What they all said.

I think it helps to use some form of beading agent on your visor, but make sure whatever you pick is compatible, I hear that some of them make smearing a problem. Look into keeping the inside fog free as well, thousand different opinions on that.
All of the above is moot if you can't see properly.

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:25 AM   #14
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All good advice guys! Mist is usually much worse than a nice "cleaning" rain. The pic above with the oil is the perfect reason! If it rains hard or water is flowing over the road it may deposit debris and such. You do NOT want to hydroplane on a motorcycle. NOT good! Just use your head and you will be OK. Understand the cages ability to see you is reduced considerably!!!! Bucky
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:53 AM   #15
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if you wear glasses, try to keep your shield as tightly closed as possible. Mist and fog are 10x worse than rain for giving you 3 trillion little droplets on your lenses.

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