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Old 11-14-2012, 10:30 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm not talking about rides in a frog strangling downpour though.
This summer that seems to have been my luck... all or nothing. Nothing like seeing a wall of friggin water walk across a field and nail ya. Rain happens, it is what it is, just skip me on the waterfalls.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:25 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I personally don't purposely ride in the rain. I have a truck with a roof, windows and a heater. Like another posted...If I get caught in it that's one thing. This time of year it tends to be COLD when it rains. I work in an office, and showing up for work soaking wet would be frowned on.

To me the ride is supposed to be a pleasurable experience, and riding in the rain is not pleasurable. On my bike I have zero protection. No fairing or windshield. I get all mother nature wants to throw at me.
I'll go with this. ^^^
To me commuting is not motorcycling... its commuting (sorry). Commuting is just blah. Not a way to use up your freedom machine!
But thats just me.
I don't go for a ride in the rain, but if I'm on a trip or just caught out of course I do.
Don't we all grumble when the rain clouds start dumping on us?
In the PNW I use heated gear. It makes cold days or wet day go by MUCH easier.
I have never had a bike fail due to rain.
I drive a cage in the cold/wet - I'm not that dedicated.
My bike was my sole transpo from 18-25 years of age but not since.
And to me a bike stays much newer fresher cleaner when its not worn on with commuter miles.
Just my way of going about it and nothing against m/c commuters.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:45 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I'll go with this. ^^^
To me commuting is not motorcycling... its commuting (sorry). Commuting is just blah. Not a way to use up your freedom machine!
But thats just me.
I don't go for a ride in the rain, but if I'm on a trip or just caught out of course I do.
Don't we all grumble when the rain clouds start dumping on us?
In the PNW I use heated gear. It makes cold days or wet day go by MUCH easier.
I have never had a bike fail due to rain.
I drive a cage in the cold/wet - I'm not that dedicated.
My bike was my sole transpo from 18-25 years of age but not since.
And to me a bike stays much newer fresher cleaner when its not worn on with commuter miles.
Just my way of going about it and nothing against m/c commuters.
I just don't see it that way at all. To me it isn't a chore to go out in the cold or rain, it is a choice, a want, a desire.

And I don't see how commuter miles are wasted miles at all. Commuting turns blah into the best part of the day.

Your entitled to your opinion, I just don't agree.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:06 PM   #24 (permalink)
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And I don't see how commuter miles are wasted miles at all. Commuting turns blah into the best part of the day.
I'll agree if you have a blah, in a rut job, the commute to work on a bike could be the best part of the day.
All sorts of ways to look at it.
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I'll agree if you have a blah, in a rut job, the commute to work on a bike could be the best part of the day.
All sorts of ways to look at it.
OK, so if you have a great job why not enhance your day more with commuting??
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:40 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Actually many days esp in the summer I'd love to be able to commute.

My particular job however, requires that the company provide me with a service body vechicle or suitable van. One nice thing is I've used someone else's fuel to cover almost every road in my State.

Makes it a lot easier to decide where to head when heading out for a ride.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #27 (permalink)
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OK, so if you have a great job why not enhance your day more with commuting??
For me, my prized ride is not going to get miles racked up commuting.
Not to mention the PNW is cold & wet a lot.
Me commute in the rain? ...No.
I don't have to be on my bike all the time. Keep it fun.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:49 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Interesting. If I had the choice, I would probably LIVE on my bike and think of going home as a "chore" and then again, "home" would be wherever I happen to roam on the bike. so maybe not.

this is not just a matter of opinion, it's a matter of life style, mindset, heart feel. I look forward to every morning because I know I'll be riding my bike. if it happens to be raining, I will be riding in rain. put on the rain gear, turn on the music and let the fun begin. each day is a different challenge, and I am blessed to be able to meet them at full speed. I have a job, my health, a Harley in working condition and gas in the tank (very, very important indeed)

some ride to live, some live to ride, and some like riding when they feel like it. it's all good in my book.

but I do reserve to grin a bit when I hear the words "dude, it's raining || it's cold || there is no sun || it's windy || there's a thunderstorm || a blizzard || nor'easter || it's dark || traffic lights are not working... how can you ride in this?"

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I don't mind the rain. It gets so hot here that rain is a godsend.

Everytime I work on my bike when I unplug any electrical connector, I put dielectric grease on the connection.
Full face helmet, full rain gear, waterproof boots and gauntlet gloves.
Bring it on.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:25 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I've had my Harley for seven months, and in that time I have ridden through three MAJOR rain storms wearing my leather jacket and jeans. My Ultra keeps every part of me dry except my upper chest and my knees. At least while I am moving. Once I am stopped at a traffic light things get a little damp....
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