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'11 Suzuki GSX1250FA
Date Joined Jun 2011
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| Posted 7/8/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -7) |
|My first rain ride I will never forget. It was late October 2010, my mother had just passed away and I was coming back from Dad's house just south of Shasta to the Bay Area. It was very cold that day and there was already some light ice on the road. I was on my Spyder. I don't even remember the first part of the ride home but when I got to I-505 the sky just opened up. The only thing that made that ride tolerable at all was the fact that I-505 is 35 miles long, pretty straight and has very low traffic volume in comparison to the freeways it connects to (I-5 and I-80). It was the perfect place to experience foul weather for the first time. And I was anticipating this weather so I was already geared up. The rain just hammered me as I made my way south to I-80 but I didn't even care; that is until the first hydroplane ocurred. That got my attention. From then on it was an abrupt lesson in learning how to employ proper technique to stay safe. I never even thought of pulling over. And I learned quickly how to be extra smooth, keep the revs down, short shift, and so on.
The rain continued the whole rest of the way home, and I-80 got really gnarly because of decreased road quality and bad traffic. The trucks were by far the worst aspect of it. But the Spyder held up well and the lessons learned that day were quite valuable and have stayed with me ever since. Rain doesn't scare me any more, but you can bet that I give it the respect that it is due. I know I am just a newbie but the things that others here are saying about being extra smooth resonates with me; I found that to be critical in every foul weather scenario I have encountered since. And having the right gear. If you don't have the right gear things will get miserable (and dangerous) very quickly.
Play Hard, Ride Safe
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