rain proofing

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by twinkiex, Oct 2, 2007.

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  1. twinkiex

    twinkiex Guest

    Ok, I did a search on rain and didnt find much.
    I found a post that said put plastic wrap around the ignition. Can I get a more detailed picture or explaination on exactly how I should do this and if it ok to ride in light rain or mist?
    I went for a ride yesterday thru shallow puddles and got mud on the back of my pants, shirt and head! Then I started worrying about damage I can cause my bike.
    Any suggestion greatly appriciated.

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    augi rides his in the dampness of washington state all the time
    (with a full rain-suit)
    the important part is keeping your magneto dry
    unless you are riding in monsoon rain, you should be fine
  3. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Best deal I found was at K-Mart, back near the outdoor/camping section.

    2 piece pullover plastic rain suits-$8. Snap-on front tops are a little more.

    In bright yellow or red. The top is hooded, and when the weather turns cool, you can use that top part as a windbreaker.

    I keep the suit in the saddlebags, only carry along on threatening days, and with the drought this year, there haven't been ANY of those.

    (tried to attach a photo, but the tubes are clogged this morn.) It has it's own snap plastic bag, which you could probably bungie to the frame, only use it when necessary.
  4. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    "I went for a ride yesterday thru shallow puddles and got mud on the back of my pants, shirt and head! Then I started worrying about damage I can cause my bike."

    More worried about bike than self and clothing. What have thses bikes done to us?
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    respect your motoredbike and it will respect you
  6. Asz

    Asz Guest

    I did some pretty crazy riding through the rain on Monday. There was a random rainstorm here in Tucson and I had the choice of either waiting around for the rain to dry up, walking my bike (would still get soaked) or riding it home. I chose to ride it home, through all the giant puddles and everything. I got completely soaked, pants and most of my shirt. Bike worked fine until I engaged the clutch at all, and also, until the baffle fell off my exhaust. :)
  7. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Wet Rim Brakes

    Some of my bikes have rim brakes only. Whenever I get caught out in the rain, (or wet roads) they don't stop well. <---- understatement!:-/
    The scariest incident for me was returning from a BdoubleEdoubleRun. It started to rain...I blazed into my open garage door....had nothing, but Flintstone feet!!:lol: I stopped before ramming the back wall....& remained upright.
    I've since switched to better quality pads.

    does anyone know the best brand of brake pads for wet weather?
  8. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I have had good luck running 'kool stop' brand pads when I was up in niagara (always damp there)
    never see enough rain down here to worry about the pads (and my front drum does most of the work anyhow)
  9. SRPM

    SRPM Member

    Do you guys how any ideas how I could " rain proof" this carb. Its my main concern when I have to ride in the rain.

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  10. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    don't worry about it, that's what the filter is for. clean water is fine anyway, it boosts compression and cools both the charge and the engine itself
  11. SRPM

    SRPM Member

    hmmm! Ok but normally you don't want water entering the engine at all. I put a sock cut in half and tied in a knot over it to "absorb" the water and acts as a secondary air filtera nd I can pull more over it to "absorb" more, like so:

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  12. Wolfie65

    Wolfie65 New Member

    I am currently using Frogg Toggs rain pants and jacket when it looks like it's really going to pour, plus no socks (in summer), wet shoes are ok, wet socks are not.
    Snowboard outer shells are also a good option if the rain isn't too heavy or steady.
    For emergencies - or if you live in a very dry climate such as this one - carrying a couple of large trash bags can sometimes save the day.
  13. kelli

    kelli New Member

    Harbor Freight has a cheap suspender pants and top, rain suit for less than $10. It lasts longer than any of the ones I bought at Walmart. Keeps you warm too. Being that everything doesn't last long purchased at HF tho, I've gone through quite a few of these too.

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  14. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    What's wrong with a few drops of rain entering the carb? as long as it's not muddy water it's OK.
    I want to spray mist water into my Suzuki's 100 intake before the filter for more power and cooling.

    If you ride in rain often then remove the magneto cover often to let it dry out and don't let the contact area of the stator coil frame and the screw heads rust.
  15. skyash

    skyash Active Member

    I glue my Magneto cover on for a full Seal and any electronic parts to water proof them. I have never had kill switch trouble and I had to ride to work every day in to my city for work and it can Rian all week .and after going under a truck one day. I buy all motorcycle clothing the helmet is probably the cheapest part and its approved $150. ..horns $2 lol ...pants triumph $300 jacket triumph$350 .3 layers full snow proof and body armour all matching . gloves carbon knuckles alpine star racing.wait for it.....$240 au. I got dry rider boots full water proof but free from a friend .The shoes in the pic are Steel Cap work Ware.one more good thing is I way 65kg and I bounce when I hit the road lol. like 3 foot .

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  16. skyash

    skyash Active Member

    You got Fender's and you sit over the carby your legs cover the sides that's the last place to get wet .no Fender's different story only bike frame stops spray from the back wheel .and if the sock gets wet wet wet hows air get in.....
  17. Steve Best

    Steve Best Well-Known Member

    Damn Skyash, YOU sooo horny! Go bang-bang long time (in the rain).
  18. skyash

    skyash Active Member

    Thanks . when you need a happy ending come see me .lol