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For those that don't already have foul weather gear, take the time to shop at local marine supply stores for rain suits. There's a ton of reasonably priced gear that will keep you both dry and warm that won't gouge your wallet because it's "motorcycle gear." Last year I bought (for less than $100) a two-piece, hi-viz suit with reflective strips that allows me to ride in the worse of storms for four to five hours in a hoodie and jeans perfectly comfortable.

Cam Miner
Seaside, OR
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Some good advice in here for sure but a bike that is properly fitted to the rider is a major factor. I also know that many people buy a bike for the name on the tank. But as with all new technology, there are options. My Motto Guzzi California has levels of traction control. I also have a program setting for rain which removes torque from the throttle. It makes for a confident, controlled ride in all conditions, even light snow. Time for people to decide if the name is worth the risk or if the ride is what they want.

Ron
Lebanon, OR
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Here is a wonderful little trick I use while riding in the desert. When it's 100 degrees and hotter I buy a large bag of ice from the local convenience market, place it between the windshield and the triple tree and as it melts I ride in what feels like air conditioning. Try it and you'll never ride in the desert without it again. By the way, a large bag of ice only lasts about four hours. Give it a go.

Joe Andre
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Editor Response
Sounds like a great idea, Joe! I would just caution readers to be sure that the bag of ice is secured so as to not interfere with the bike's steering.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
I always choose wet/dry wheels for my enduro motorcycles. Absolutely love riding in the rain and the extra confidence and stability in knowing my treads are deep enough to handle the wet makes it almost the same as riding on dry roads.
Only difference is breaking distance and of course slowing down in corners. Also, I'm often the only rider around for ages but I love it because I'm an all weather type rider!

Dorotea
Melbourne, Australia
Sunday, November 1, 2015
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