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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:21 PM
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Can anyone give me some tips on driving at night and in the rain, was out last night and I swear I nearly crapped myself, its been 4 years since I was out in weather like that and Ive lost any confidence I had in myself all those years ago
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:24 PM
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It easy just turn up the heating, turn up the radio, high beams (eh nimmy) and put the wipers on... :ph34r:
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:29 PM
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Whenever I drive at night in the rain I just have my left hand ready to open the visor if I meet a car. It's far easier to see, especially if the barstard in the car doesn't bother his hole to dip his lights. Apart from that, it's handy enough.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:37 PM
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what looks like a puddle might really be a big flippin hole. avoid. ditto manhole covers and stuff...
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:41 PM
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more than anything it was the 1s in their cars who made sure they didnt go into the puddles without looking to see who they were about to hit
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:44 PM
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i know it might sound naff but if in doubt slow down or pull in, it might save you a trip to the hospital. Water conceals a lot of potholes that you might otherwise see, also the amount of diesel on the roads at the moment is unbelievabe. Be able to open your visor if necessary as car headlight beams and water on your visor seem to be a very bad combination. Some people buy the little wiper attachement for the finger of your glove for cleaning the water off your visor without scrathing it.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:52 PM
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Originally posted by Chunkylover@Nov 3 2005, 02:41 PM
[b]more than anything it was the 1s in their cars who made sure they didnt go into the puddles without looking to see who they were about to hit
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Hints and tips for surving the big bad urban jungle, whilst cats and dogs fall from the heavens..

1/ Double your normal braking distances, i.e. from 2 seconds to 4 seconds.

2/ Make sure you have in excess of 1mm of thread on both tyres.

3/ Buy a new visor that has the anti fog thingy inside it, use the search feature of this site to find the post I made about this device earlier.

4/ If you don't like 3, try rubbing a bit of washing up liquid on the inside of the visor and buffing it out.

5/ Get top quality reflective rain gear. Being cold *will* affect your thinking and reaction times. A big police jocks is the job. People do think twice when they see you coming. Nothing puts the fear of God almight into dozy cagers, quite like the idea of hitting a copper.

6/ Be extra smooth with the throttle while exiting roundabouts.

That's about all I can think of.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:56 PM
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Slow down, double your stopping distances, very low gears cornering, if you are on a motorway and doing 120 km/h just turn you head to the side to clear off the visor rain :) Avoid man hole covers and leaves on the road!

As for country roads with looper boy racers and loads of concealed entrances... avoid them.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 01:59 PM
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Just drive slightly slower than your usual comfortable speed. A bad visor can be the death of you, so take BB's advice and invest in that visor anti-steamer thingy.

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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by JackKnife@Nov 3 2005, 01:56 PM
[b]As for country roads with looper boy racers and loads of concealed entrances... avoid them.
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That's every road around here.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:10 PM
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Originally posted by JackKnife@Nov 3 2005, 02:56 PM
[b]very low gears cornering[right]15722[/right]
Go with higher gears rather than lower gears in the wet. Short shifting means you won't overload the back tyre as easily. The bike will feel more composed at normal speed. Leave the low gears for thrashing about in good weather.

Ride smooth too seriously helps. Don't panic brake. Relax. And go slower :)
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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:11 PM
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Biggest hazard i find when driving in the wet is cagers, they don't have to slow down and continue driving like its bone dry only with full beams on.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:21 PM
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echo most of what's been said:
in the wet..
- generally ride in a gear higher than normal, so your acceleration is more gentle.
- be extra smooth and progressive with everything- braking, accelerating, turning.
- divide your braking 50/50 between front and rear
- avoiding manhole covers is not a bad idea, but if you don't spot one, don't worry about riding over it if you're upright and travelling in a straight line. swerving to avoid things in the wet is not a good idea, and riding over one is no problem so long as you're not in the process of accelerating, braking or cornering (abc :) )

overall, increase the size of the safety bubble around yourself to give yourself more time to react and dozey cagers behind you too.

in the dark, as peeps have said, vision is the main thing, so a good scratch free visor is a must- anti-mist insert or the old washing up liquid trick.
if you're blinded by other traffic, slow down if necessary- the old roadcraft golden rule, always be able stop in the distance you can see to be clear

riding in the dark takes more concentration than riding in daylight- if it's a long trip you're more likely to get fatigued, so take breaks as necessary. fatigue affects your ability to concentrate and your vision tends to drop to the immediate foreground.

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now, where's my pipe and slippers
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Old 3rd November 2005, 02:25 PM
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It will probably just take me a while to get back into the swing of it, when I had the NS, I was doing 60mi round trips into Grafton street every day and I was fine
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Old 3rd November 2005, 03:40 PM
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You'll get used to it again. Some people for the life off them just dont have the confidence to drive in the rain. Thats nothing to be ashamed of. If your not happy in the rain, just take it easy and if you do get a bit edgy while driving just pull in for a minute and smoke a fag and off you go again. take your time, To many people these days in cars and on bikes seem to be in a rush all the time.

Went to come around a corner a few nights back and some dozey bitch came around the corner on my side of the road with her lights off!!! nearly hit me and just kept on going. I didnt even get time to beep the horn at her I was so shocked at how bad this driving was. And this was in a residential area. at least she had a reason to drive bad, she was, well, um , she was a she lol.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 03:47 PM
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Originally posted by seanybiker@Nov 3 2005, 03:40 PM
[b]You'll get used to it again. Some people for the life off them just dont have the confidence to drive in the rain. Thats nothing to be ashamed of. If your not happy in the rain, just take it easy and if you do get a bit edgy while driving just pull in for a minute and smoke a fag and off you go again. take your time, To many people these days in cars and on bikes seem to be in a rush all the time.

Went to come around a corner a few nights back and some dozey bitch came around the corner on my side of the road with her lights off!!! nearly hit me and just kept on going. I didnt even get time to beep the horn at her I was so shocked at how bad this driving was. And this was in a residential area. at least she had a reason to drive bad, she was, well, um , she was a she lol.
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wHATS WRONG WITH YOU SEANY bOI. YOU SOUND COHERENT TODAY.
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Old 3rd November 2005, 04:04 PM
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Originally posted by NimmyZed@Nov 3 2005, 02:59 PM
[b]so take BB's advice and invest in that visor anti-steamer thingy...
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Re: Anti-Steamer technology,
I bought one of them too, but it doesn't seem to work on bussie... :ph34r:
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Old 3rd November 2005, 04:12 PM
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Originally posted by Busman27@Nov 3 2005, 03:47 PM
[b]wHATS WRONG WITH YOU SEANY bOI. YOU SOUND COHERENT TODAY.
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I'm a new man, I dont know whats wrong with me ha ha. I like the new me. lol :P
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Old 3rd November 2005, 04:22 PM
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Black visors are a pain in the ass on dark rainy nights. :ph34r:
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Old 3rd November 2005, 04:28 PM
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pray a lot
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