Riding Motorcycles on Wet Roads

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Safely riding on wet roads is a learned skill. The following are some tips that will help reduce your risk of crash and injury.

  • The key to riding on wet roads is smoothness.
  • The most dangerous time of riding on wet roads are the first 30-minutes after rain begins -- it's during this period that road oils separate and lay on the surface.
  • Avoid any big weight transfers such as heavy accelerating or braking as they can over-load the tires.
  • When accelerating, roll the throttle and clutch smoothly.
  • Slow your speeds by a minimum of 20%.
  • Wear reflective rain gear to optimize your visibility.
  • Pack away a couple bandana's and pair of full-finger gloves. Use a bandana to cover your forehead, and one for your face. These will take the "sting" out of the rain drops and make your ride more comfortable.
  • Add 2 additional seconds of cushion between you and the rider in front of you. Rather than having a 2-second stagger formation, ride with 4 seconds between the rider in front of you.
  • On wet roads, rely more on your rear brakes (60%) than your front (40%).
  • There is a surprising amount of grip on wet road surfaces, but load your tires up accordingly and look out for slippery areas such as lethal white/yellow lines, manhole covers.
  • Always brake in a straight line.

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