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Old 08-06-2006, 09:24 AM   #71
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Just what I needed as I plan for some longer trips that will surely include rain.

So, where's Part II?
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:14 PM   #72
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Default Re: How To: Rain Riding Part One

Thank you for the great article! I'm glad i'm not the only one that thinks that the GI issue poncho is garbage as a rainsuit, and even worse as a tent. Right now i'm in Korea and was looking for a good article on waterproofing myself, as the rain here can be surreal. Thanks to you I found out that I needed a moisture wicking layer. Do you think that Under Armour would work?
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #73
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Default Re: How To: Rain Riding Part One

The solution to fogged up eyeglasses is contact lenses; I got them to solve that problem. Unfortunately, you cannot wait 'til it rains to put them on since you first have to wash your hands then need a sheltered place to insert them. Thus, it is necessary to put the contacts in when there is a possibility of rain.

Although contact lenses are not an ideal solution, they do work.

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Old 10-12-2006, 04:11 PM   #74
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In warm summer months, I recommend NO GEAR if you are fortunate enough to be on an ST1300 on an interstate. You DO need to be able to go 75MPH+ for the fairing to work its magic. This trick does not work at 55MPH. This summer I departed a friend's house in Cincinatti toward Louisville and donned my never-before-used yellow rainsuit (thin, cheap, PVC). The rain was just a mist and the temperature was about 87F. Stopping for lunch past Louisville, I found I was SOAKED TO THE BONE from all the sweat trapped in the bloody rain suit. The remaining 3 hours of my trek to the motherland I did without the suit, by then having escaped the drizzle.

About 30 miles from the final destination, I caught up with a NASTY thunderstorm complete with lightning and TORRENTIAL rain. Luckily no major wind - 60MPH crosswinds on an ST1300 requires nearly a full lean to drive a straight line, as I have found the hard way. Add to the excitement that every time a semi passes you, the wind is momentarily blocked and guess where that extreme lean wants to send you...

Humming along at 75+, the air around the ST's fairing creates a "watertight" bubble. I was passing tractor trailers and NOT getting drenched. Only my arms and lower legs got wet at all, torso completely dry. It was raining so hard as to not be able to see much at all, but I was truly amazed how dry I stayed.

For cooler weather, I'm pleased with Gerbing gear. I commuted 75 miles one-way a couple of years ago, one day finding myself in 27F air. The electric suit was comfy at 85MPH, wonder what the windchill factor was? The potential downside: blow a fuse and you're dead meat!!

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