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post #51 of 56 Old 10-07-2011, 08:54 AM
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I love what you wrote. I learned on a Rebel 250 at the Ride With Pride motorcycle safety coarse in the rain...took my coarse test in the rain. I bought my 1985 Rebel 250 last week and rode it home...Yes, In the rain! ....AND, it did splash me, but I...or...we, had a blast, just my bike and me on our solo ride together to it's new home. Thanks for the great story. -Jerry
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post #52 of 56 Old 10-10-2011, 05:34 PM
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At last I road in the rain - twice. Both times going home from work. Was not as bad as I feared. Got wet as my rain gear was in the house. Now it is back on the bike

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post #53 of 56 Old 10-10-2011, 05:46 PM
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Nice story about your friskie Rebel. Believe it or not it is raining here also...we barely get 3 inches of rain in a good year. Hubby complained that I had left the lawn sprinklers on too long today and got water on the sidewalk, told him it was from the sky and not me. Also had to laugh at him as our Mustang is a convertable and he's not used to having one. He thought if I took it out in the rain the top would leak, so much for marrying a California boy. Had to prove it to him the top would not melt or leak as thats what they are made for....

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post #54 of 56 Old 10-10-2011, 06:55 PM
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Oh too funny Vettern

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post #55 of 56 Old 10-10-2011, 07:33 PM
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I discovered my water resistant work boots are not so water resistant at 45mph in the rain. Weekend forecast said it was supposed to be sunny today.

Bike was fine in the rain. Had to be more careful not to make the rear wheel slide.

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post #56 of 56 Old 10-18-2011, 04:22 AM
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familiar with riding the river...

Originally Posted by Ferrarimx5 View Post
Yes, it is raining. In fact, it is raining hard, but now I am warm and dry. Here is my review. (Don't try this away from home)

So it is raining and I am somewhat wet.
I accelerate away from the traffic light in a down pouring rain and the Rebel loves it, moving away eagerly.
I on the other hand, ease off the throttle.
The Rebel sees where it is going and channels the water up onto my blue jeans in a playful manner.
I on the other hand ease off the throttle.
The Rebel whats to hit the Highway, nudging me into the faster lane.
I on the other hand, ease off the throttle.
Traffic is giving me plenty of room and the Rebel keeps guiding me to the main highway. The rain is really coming down now and the Rebel is having fun, splashing in every puddle and sometimes riding too close beside the other cars as if say splash me, come on, give me another big splash.
I, on the other hand, signal to the cars that I want to get over.
The Rebel readily passes the gas station.
I on the other hand wish we would have pulled in, but now that we are on the side road and we are headed towards the house I am determined to stay the course.
Excitedly I give the throttle a 3/4 twist and a few, quick shifts later we are splashing and having great fun, the Rebel has never run any better and I have not been this drenched ever while fully clothed, well, not since I was thrown into the pool by my brother at my wedding 25 years ago.
Some roads are now washed out with over a foot of running water.

As I am slowly and cautiously navigating the river I just entered I remember a "group buy" for some rain gear and now I reflect upon the possibility of it being a valuable consideration as I head towards the house.. One foot of running water and the Rebel is loving its new found sport. (Channeling water and splashing its rider)

SO much for me putting 80 miles on the Rebel today. I left her outside, sadly she is standing out in the rain..

She loves the water and playing in traffic, I on the other hand like the comfort of the couch..

So, if you are worried about the Rebel in the rain, don't be. The water beads up and rolls right off. In fact my Rebel seems even cleaner than it was before we ventured out on our ride, I on the other hand needed a warm shower and needed to rewash my clothes. Warm, Dry Clothes are worth so much more than wet ones.. Their is value in keeping them dry.
Yes, I am familiar with the street turning to river. Something weirdly fun about this. Maybe I should specify: if you are younger then my current middle age, comfort liking status, there is something weirdly fun...
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