- Choose a rain suit that incorporates a breathable membrane such as Gore-Tex, Reissa, Hipora or similar material.
- Pack your rain suit on top, not at the bottom of your saddlebag.
- Watch windshield wipers of oncoming cars to see if it’s raining ahead.
- Put your rain gear on before the rain starts.
- Wear bright colors for increased visibility to others.
- Transfer wallet, keys, and other essentials to waterproof outside pockets.
- Your windshield should be low enough to look over, not just through.
- Use four-way flashers in heavy rain or fog.
- Increase your following distance, and watch for tailgaters.
- Avoid standing water as it can hide potholes and debris.
- Check tire pressures periodically. Underinflated tires are more likely to hydroplane.
- Tap rear brake in advance of normal braking distance to alert followers.
- Gently apply brakes periodically to wipe rotors of water/mud/debris.
- Watch out for painted lines, arrows, etc. as they can be particularly slippery.
- After the ride, don’t pack your rain gear away until after it’s dry.
Another tip also added by Michael “Bighead” Abbott of Thunder Roads Magazine…
IMPORTANT – UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU EVER PULL OVER UNDER A BRIDGE. OTHER DRIVERS WILL SEE YOUR TAILLIGHTS AND THINK THAT’S WHERE THE ROAD IS AND PLOW THROUGH YOU. If you must pull over, pull off the highway and look for gas station or bank with a drive through.
– Joe “ JOKER “ Babylon, National Ride Safety Officer