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Purchased my first bike in April and I have had a fall ride planned for the past 6mos with my brother and bother in-law. It will be our first overnight trip and we were planning on 600-700 mile trip (2 1/2 days) the weather forecast has turned for the worst with lots of rain and highs in the 40s pretty much all weekend.

For you seasoned riders would you postpone the trip or say screw it and ride? I would have to push the trip 2 weeks later and still gamble on the weather.

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I believe we will have our indian summer yet. It's a gamble as you have said. I guess I'd take the chance and wait, but, be ready to go if it turns for the better. 700 miles isn't much for 2.5 days so I imagine you have other stops on your journey. If that's the case and they are all outside, it might be a cruddy trip. Or, it may be a lot of fun anyway. Depends on the crew. JMO.
 

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I would postpone, 40's and rain you would not enjoy the ride. Two weeks at this time of year could get you into the mid 60's and sunny.
 

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Purchased my first bike in April and I have had a fall ride planned for the past 6mos with my brother and bother in-law. It will be our first overnight trip and we were planning on 600-700 mile trip (2 1/2 days) the weather forecast has turned for the worst with lots of rain and highs in the 40s pretty much all weekend.

For you seasoned riders would you postpone the trip or say screw it and ride? I would have to push the trip 2 weeks later and still gamble on the weather.

Thanks!!
If your riding a geezer-glide ........what be the problem ? LOL
Your weather is only going to get colder so just suck it up & carry a good rain suit . You'll enjoy the trip even if it rains !
Ride Safe & Ride Righteous ! :2cents:2cents
 

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If you've got the time and can push the trip to the right, I'd wait a few days/weeks. If not, saddle up and ride in the rain. Either way, it'll be an experience that you will talk about for years...
 

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If it's gonna rain hard for most of trip I would put off. If it's rain here and there I go. Riding in heavy non stop rain does suck but your not doing that many miles and they have rain gear and plenty of bars to stop at. You will remember and talk about it more if you ride through a little rain. Flip the coin and have fun.


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If you're dressed appropriately, riding in the rain can be fun.
 

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40's and rain is a tough haul. The cold is bad enough, but moisture just makes it miserable.

I'm not usually one to shy away from any ride, but I would push that one off if you could. Without heated gear, a full face helmet, and a few pair of gloves that are "waterproof", it may make for a miserable trip.

Riding in the rain is fine, but cold and miserable can lead to making a mistake.
 

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40's and rain is a tough haul. The cold is bad enough, but moisture just makes it miserable.

I'm not usually one to shy away from any ride, but I would push that one off if you could. Without heated gear, a full face helmet, and a few pair of gloves that are "waterproof", it may make for a miserable trip.

Riding in the rain is fine, but cold and miserable can lead to making a mistake.

I'm impressed and a little surprised by your prudent advice.

I'd still go. :)
 

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What happened to Stangs? I thought he would have said.........you know what you have to do.
 

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Don't cancel the ride, just change the destination. Head to where it is gonna be sunny and 75!
 

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Well we didn't cancel but it was cut drastically short. It was me and 2other bikes, 2 of us (including me) were well prepared for the rainy cold weather and the 3rd WAS NOT!!!. Left Friday evening and returned home Saturday afternoon instead of Sunday evening like planned.

Rain and 60 Friday evening wasn't to bad. Rain and 45 on Saturday was a bit harder to handle.

I normally wear half helmet but decided to wear my full face snowmobile helmet. BEST decision I made!!!

Thanks for all the advise and safe riding to all!!!
 

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Good for you! That adds to your experience as a rider, and that's valuable. Now you have a better idea of what you're willing to deal with and hlw to cope with it. As for your 3rd guy, you learned that your ride is only as strong as your weakest link. I learned that back in dirt riding days. Rain and cold kills "macho".

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Glad you got a ride in thats the main thing. Good on you for being prepared. I will battle one or the other, cold or rain, but both... thats a miserable ride. I have heated gear, I ran 400 miles one way in 50 degrees, that was a challenge.. on the way back 40s... I think of 12 hours of riding I really enjoyed about 2. I was running slab, that didn't help, but I do feel that I am pushing my limit as an older rider, thats one thing that I can't change. Just my .02. Above all, no matter how miserable, stay safe out there.
 

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Good for you! That adds to your experience as a rider, and that's valuable. Now you have a better idea of what you're willing to deal with and hlw to cope with it. As for your 3rd guy, you learned that your ride is only as strong as your weakest link. I learned that back in dirt riding days. Rain and cold kills "macho".

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That's a GREAT quote Silverback !
"RAIN & COLD KILLS MACHO" ! :laugh:think:rofl:
 

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we used to bundle up get cold and wet anyway miserable - most of the boys and girls around here have gone to heated gear - I use heated vest, gloves and socs put a rain jacket over makes for a comfortable dry warm ride with hands/feet/body toasty warm now the decision is never rain or temp just icy spots. ice = no go, we do ride with a foot on snow on sides of road just watch for snow and ice on road in the shadows. I keep my rain suit/heated gear rolled in one of those plastic vacume bags keep on bike you never know when you will run into weather on a long ride now we are never cold or wet ever!
 
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