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Will Avila
post Aug 31 2010, 10:11 AM
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I would like to hear from you guys that ride daily to work.
Undoubtedly, your gonna get caught in a rain storm and I was wondering
what issues would come up with the bike if this were to happen often.

I mean, of course you'd dry the bike off but im wondering if prolonged "rainy" rides are
treturous to the bike's electrical system. Water seeping in behind and into the various switches and controls cant be good...

What products do you use or can recommend to use in anticipation of riding in the rain.
Im thinking of a corrosion preventative such as S100 spray and spraying it all over the handlebar controls/ switches to at least help prevent water from getting in there.
What else should i worry about..?

I'm planning on riding my bike to work more often but as Ernie can attest to, other than winter months which are great, it practically rains everyday in some part of town...
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post Aug 31 2010, 10:21 AM
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I prefer singing in the rain.

You ever wash that thing Will?

I wouldn't sweat a little rain. The fact that you live near the ocean is a much bigger concern.
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post Aug 31 2010, 10:31 AM
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You should be fine. The only bike I ever had problems with in the rain was my Sturgis. With it the coil faced forward which would short out in the rain and strand me. I cured this by replacing the stock black plug wires with the orange Screamin Eagle wires. My other issue was the tail light lens leaking and the water would blow the tail light and brake light which was not good in the rain. As far as your switches they should be fine unless you're riding in a pool. I ride every day to work for my 90 mile round trip commute. Here lately I have been on rHONDA the Honda (my XR650L). VICTORYa is sitting at home in the garage relaxing. This week here is going to be very hot, so I prefer the XR on the hot days, less engine heat and more air on me without the fairing. Be sure your tires are in good shape and properly inflated. As far as other issues, just remember your braking distances will be increased and avoid riding on ALL painted lines on the roads (double lines, crosswalks.....) and use great caution on steel manhole covers, railroad tracks, bridge gratings.... I don't mind riding in the rain at all....... providing it's not a 35 degree rain!!!
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post Aug 31 2010, 10:41 AM
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I've gotten quite a few rain miles on long trips. We got 6 rain days out of 9 on our Idaho trip three years ago. The only thing electrical that gave any trouble was the radio. I think that was due to some early problems with the H-K system. They replaced it with a refurb, and it's been fine ever since.
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post Aug 31 2010, 12:57 PM
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Good rainsuit and gators to keep your shoes dry. Nothing worse than being wet all day.
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post Aug 31 2010, 01:18 PM
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Will, you'll get more damage from salt air from the Ocean than from rain. Other than minor surface rust, fresh water shouldn't have any long term effects and daily use shouldn't be effected. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/beerbang1.gif) i
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post Aug 31 2010, 02:36 PM
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sooooooooooooooooo

What the hell do i do about the salt in our humidity..?


Ernie do you sell a Salt Air purifier that I can install in my tourpak..?
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post Aug 31 2010, 02:39 PM
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You'll get some rust, Will, but other than the horn taking a slug of water a few times,(remove, dump out the water and dry with the wife's hair drier) I haven't had any electrical problems. One thing to check often is the junction of steel to rubber on the front brake line. Mine got water under the powder coat and rusted through though there was little sign of rust on the outside. It's scary when you need to stop and nothing happens.
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post Aug 31 2010, 02:45 PM
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Aug 31 2010, 03:36 PM) *
sooooooooooooooooo

What the hell do i do about the salt in our humidity..?


Ernie do you sell a Salt Air purifier that I can install in my tourpak..?



Just wash it with clear water OR ride in the rain! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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post Aug 31 2010, 02:54 PM
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AHA - SO WE'VE COME FULL CIRCLE - BACK TO THE RAIN... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Aug 31 2010, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Sep 1 2010, 05:54 AM) *
AHA - SO WE'VE COME FULL CIRCLE - BACK TO THE RAIN... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Will.... Your avatar fucking kills me...... That image is forever lodged in my fucking brain...... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)

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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Aug 31 2010, 03:36 PM) *
sooooooooooooooooo

What the hell do i do about the salt in our humidity..?


Ernie do you sell a Salt Air purifier that I can install in my tourpak..?


Wash it once in a while or wait or it to rust and then paint it.
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post Aug 31 2010, 03:50 PM
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QUOTE(ErnieS @ Sep 1 2010, 06:43 AM) *
Wash it once in a while or wait or it to rust and then paint it.

Wait a minute!!!!! That sounds like the Navy way of handling rust....
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post Aug 31 2010, 06:26 PM
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Yes, I ride to or from work in rain on a regular basis. I've found I don't really mind the warm rains - the cold rains in Ohio sucked much worse. But, depending on how hard it's raining, visibility is always a concern. Oh, well. You know what they say - "If you don't ride in the rain; you don't ride!" (Better rain than snow anyways!)
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post Sep 1 2010, 11:21 PM
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I used to ride 45 miles one way to work. 50* min and no more than 30% chance of rain was the requirement.
Since Bruce took me in, I'm only 4.5 miles away so the bar is lowered to 45* and 40%!

I don't have much room in my saddle bags. I buy those disposable boot covers at Farm & Fleet. A 10 pack is about 3"x3"x1/2". Dry boots, and no wet muddy gear going back in the saddle bag.


sure I look stupid, but i never was much of a fashion statement!

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post Sep 2 2010, 08:37 AM
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Good find. I need something to cover my boots. I hate that feeling of the rain slowly trickling into your boots until they're soaked. Last week, my work shoes were so heavy from rain when I got home that they felt like 5 lb weights. Took 3 days to dry them out. :)
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QUOTE(Wildchild @ Aug 31 2010, 07:26 PM) *
Yes, I ride to or from work in rain on a regular basis. I've found I don't really mind the warm rains - the cold rains in Ohio sucked much worse. But, depending on how hard it's raining, visibility is always a concern. Oh, well. You know what they say - "If you don't ride in the rain; you don't ride!" (Better rain than snow anyways!)

Harleys don't shrink. I'm 61 and have shrunk all I'm apt to, so I have no problem riding in the rain except for visibility.
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QUOTE(Wildchild @ Sep 2 2010, 06:37 AM) *
Good find. I need something to cover my boots. I hate that feeling of the rain slowly trickling into your boots until they're soaked. Last week, my work shoes were so heavy from rain when I got home that they felt like 5 lb weights. Took 3 days to dry them out. :)

Frogg Togg's are good for keeping your boots dry. Look like shit, but work great.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/Produ...Boots_Black.jpg
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QUOTE(T14B @ Sep 1 2010, 11:21 PM) *
sure I look stupid, but i never was much of a fashion statement!



T, I like the way you think. I too have a cut off of about 50, maybe 45 if the wind is not blowing, but less than 30% chance for rain for me.
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QUOTE(Wildchild @ Sep 2 2010, 08:37 AM) *
Good find. I need something to cover my boots. I hate that feeling of the rain slowly trickling into your boots until they're soaked. Last week, my work shoes were so heavy from rain when I got home that they felt like 5 lb weights. Took 3 days to dry them out. :)



If they don't have a Farm Supply store in your neck of the beach you can order them from www.jefferslivestock.com. They even have the kind with elastic top! That there is top shelf hillbilly!
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round trip is bout 80 miles a day for me. only problems i've ever had are on aftermarket or homemade parts. my led lights for my side mounted license plate broke the first real rain i got caught in cause i had modified them. always carry a bandana or something to cover your mouth. nothing worse than being able to get where your going in the rain only to be stopped cause your inhaling more water than air.
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I was caught in a strong down pour last week.
It was bad. I could hardly see out of my glasses.

Since I was on the interstate, I had no worries of crossing traffic not seeing me and
I noticed cars were driving pretty slowly so I kept going. But to be honest, i could not see more that 10 yards in front of me ..

As I got off the interstate onto the offramp, I came to a red lite. There I stayed waiting for my green while the rain kept pouring... The cars stopped next to me and behind me were probably either laughing at me or feeling sorry for my ass...
But i kept my kool. I reached into my jean jacket, pulled out a cigarette and tried to lite it
while the rain continued....

As soon as I arrived at my block, the rain stopped....
I dont know what was more soaked, me or my Bike.

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Not much worse than Interstate riding in the rain, IMHO. Doesn't take much traffic to boil up a whole lot of water into the air. Ya' can't see nuttin'. Hate it!

For me, lack of vision is the whole enchalada! Yer gonna get wet.

I bought a full face helmet in Vegas because of wind burned face. Day we rode to Cloverdale, in the rain, was actually kinda pleasant compared to my usual, no helmet, deal. Couldn't believe how much it helped my vision. Haven't had it on since the Cali rally! (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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post Sep 8 2010, 03:56 PM
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Note: the comment about the lighting of the cigarette was totally a lie..
It was added for dramatic effect...
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Sep 8 2010, 03:56 PM) *
Note: the comment about the lighting of the cigarette was totally a lie..
It was added for dramatic effect...


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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Sep 8 2010, 03:56 PM) *
Note: the comment about the lighting of the cigarette was totally a lie..
It was added for dramatic effect...



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Was Erica reading over your shoulder? Actually my biggest complaint about riding in the rain is the soggy cigarettes.
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As a general rule if it is clear in the morning I will ride to work even if it is supposed to rain throughout the day. I have a rain suit, but in real heavy rain, my crotch and bottom of my pants get wet. Getting wet on the way home is no bid deal, but before work kind of sucks. There are always exceptions, if they are calling for strong storms then I avoid it altoghether, or if as Kim said it is chilly with a rain, then I avoid it....
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QUOTE(Will Avila @ Aug 31 2010, 11:11 AM) *
I would like to hear from you guys that ride daily to work.
Undoubtedly, your gonna get caught in a rain storm and I was wondering
what issues would come up with the bike if this were to happen often.

I mean, of course you'd dry the bike off but im wondering if prolonged "rainy" rides are
treturous to the bike's electrical system. Water seeping in behind and into the various switches and controls cant be good...

What products do you use or can recommend to use in anticipation of riding in the rain.
Im thinking of a corrosion preventative such as S100 spray and spraying it all over the handlebar controls/ switches to at least help prevent water from getting in there.
What else should i worry about..?

I'm planning on riding my bike to work more often but as Ernie can attest to, other than winter months which are great, it practically rains everyday in some part of town...


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I must be the anomaly here guys because I have had issues with rain.

In 1998 I went up the coast to Oregon on my '95 Ultra. For one whole day we rode in a hard driving rain. The next day my radio and cb would not work. Went to the local dealer and he blew air into all the housings and the center console. No help. So we rode on. Two hours later everything dried up and started working. 2007 rode the '01 Ultra to Yellowstone. Got caught again in a day long down pour and the bike started acting funny. Water seeped in behind the fairing (the three screws at the top loosened up from vibration) and played havoc on the electricals again. One day later the charging system started acting up. Water had seeped into the connector for the voltage regulator. I went to a delaer who relocated it behind the cross member between the down tubes.I now carry a can of WD40 with me in case I need to flush out any connectors.

A few weeks ago a buddy of mine rode his 2008 CVO Ultra to Oregon and then Yellowstone. He got caught in day long hard rain. Water seeped into his TSSM unit. The next day the bike would not start. His friend had to bitch ride him 200 miles to the closest dealer, rent a truck, come back, pick up the bike, order the part, wait for it to be overnighted, and off they went.

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QUOTE(IronHorse-Paniolo @ Sep 22 2010, 07:23 AM) *
I must be the anomaly here guys because I have had issues with rain.

In 1998 I went up the coast to Oregon on my '95 Ultra. For one whole day we rode in a hard driving rain. The next day my radio and cb would not work. Went to the local dealer and he blew air into all the housings and the center console. No help. So we rode on. Two hours later everything dried up and started working. 2007 rode the '01 Ultra to Yellowstone. Got caught again in a day long down pour and the bike started acting funny. Water seeped in behind the fairing (the three screws at the top loosened up from vibration) and played havoc on the electricals again. One day later the charging system started acting up. Water had seeped into the connector for the voltage regulator. I went to a delaer who relocated it behind the cross member between the down tubes.I now carry a can of WD40 with me in case I need to flush out any connectors.

A few weeks ago a buddy of mine rode his 2008 CVO Ultra to Oregon and then Yellowstone. He got caught in day long hard rain. Water seeped into his TSSM unit. The next day the bike would not start. His friend had to bitch ride him 200 miles to the closest dealer, rent a truck, come back, pick up the bike, order the part, wait for it to be overnighted, and off they went.

Mark


Chris Seeley [Seelz] has had similar problems with his radio after riding in the rain all day. It was worst on the Texas rally run last year where we drove through that monsoon to get to Robert and Anita's. It took a couple weeks before it dried out enough for the stereo to work right again. He's spent a lot of money trying to figure out where the problem originates; but still hasn't got it resolved so far as I know...Though now that he's living in sunny Arizona, he probably doesn't have too many problems with it.
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Simple solution to this, DON'T RIDE IN THE RAIN!!
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QUOTE(Silverlining @ Sep 22 2010, 09:15 PM) *
Simple solution to this, DON'T RIDE IN THE RAIN!!

Not an option in South Florida. If you ride daily down here, plan on getting wet at least twice a week.
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Yeah, she doesn't like riding in the rain (or driving in it either). But the electronics shouldn't be suffering no matter what. They should be shielded, sealed, protected, whatever you want to call it. With everything being correct, you should be able to ride all day in the rain and not have a wet short. Of course it isn't a perfect world, and we will see problems. There's no solve all answer.

On the upside, riding in a torrential downpour, albeit more dangerous, gives you bragging rights. Years later you can put back a six pack talking about that time when......
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post Sep 23 2010, 08:11 AM
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QUOTE(Blackcloud @ Sep 23 2010, 08:10 AM) *
Yeah, she doesn't like riding in the rain (or driving in it either). But the electronics shouldn't be suffering no matter what. They should be shielded, sealed, protected, whatever you want to call it. With everything being correct, you should be able to ride all day in the rain and not have a wet short. Of course it isn't a perfect world, and we will see problems. There's no solve all answer.

On the upside, riding in a torrential downpour, albeit more dangerous, gives you bragging rights. Years later you can put back a six pack talking about that time when......

You only get to brag if you live through it.

Although from June to October it rains most every day down here, the storms are relatively small so you may do 15 miles in hard rain and come out of it into a beautiful day.
The exceptions are tropical storms and hurricanes. The day Wilma hit South Florida, I worked in the morning. After a half day, it was impossible to get anything done with the rain wind. I got tired of chasing down pipe wrenches that were blowing around the customer's lawn. I parked the work truck and headed for home on the bike. It was raining at about an inch every 5 minutes and the winds were steady at 75 mph. 9 miles home took me a half hour, but MAN!! What a ride! I was bent over almost to the point of dragging the boards while going straight.
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it doesn't rain here very much

We get ours from Oct. to May.The rest of the year is normally rain free.Jan. thru March are the big ones. Supposed to be in the low 100's this weekend with 80's to 90 at the beaches.Think I'll ride to the coast. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/bike.gif)
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QUOTE(ErnieS @ Sep 23 2010, 07:11 AM) *
You only get to brag if you live through it.

Although from June to October it rains most every day down here, the storms are relatively small so you may do 15 miles in hard rain and come out of it into a beautiful day.
The exceptions are tropical storms and hurricanes. The day Wilma hit South Florida, I worked in the morning. After a half day, it was impossible to get anything done with the rain wind. I got tired of chasing down pipe wrenches that were blowing around the customer's lawn. I parked the work truck and headed for home on the bike. It was raining at about an inch every 5 minutes and the winds were steady at 75 mph. 9 miles home took me a half hour, but MAN!! What a ride! I was bent over almost to the point of dragging the boards while going straight.



You crazy fucker! I thought I was bad; but I'd never have ridden in that combination of wind and rain...I don't know if I'd ride in 75mph gusts...I've been in 50mph winds and it SUCKS. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/yes.gif)
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QUOTE(ErnieS @ Sep 23 2010, 08:11 AM) *
You only get to brag if you live through it.

Although from June to October it rains most every day down here, the storms are relatively small so you may do 15 miles in hard rain and come out of it into a beautiful day.
The exceptions are tropical storms and hurricanes. The day Wilma hit South Florida, I worked in the morning. After a half day, it was impossible to get anything done with the rain wind. I got tired of chasing down pipe wrenches that were blowing around the customer's lawn. I parked the work truck and headed for home on the bike. It was raining at about an inch every 5 minutes and the winds were steady at 75 mph. 9 miles home took me a half hour, but MAN!! What a ride! I was bent over almost to the point of dragging the boards while going straight.


Damn, I wish I had a 6 pack while reading that... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif) (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Sometimes you got to do what you got to do and hopefully live through it to talk about it later...
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Ernie's case in point...
Earlier today it was a great day for riding..
as soon as lunch time came around , this happened (see below)....

There's currently about 4-5 inches of water in my parking spot at work....
I bet at 5:30pm when Im leaving the sun will be out and the birds-a-chirping....
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