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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in the Rain

So this isn't a Versys specific question, but the regulars on this forum seem like a pretty experienced bunch with lots of miles in all sorts of conditions.

So here's my question: Just got back from a short ride in the rain and struggled a bit with visibility. Lots of raindrops on the face shield of the helmet make it tough to see. So how do folks deal with it? I was thinking something like RainX might help, but was wondering how other riders fixed the issue. I tried wiping the shield with a gloved hand, but that was pretty useless. Any other ideas?

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I've used Rain-X for years.Works great.Some say its yellows the shield but i've had no issues. Some just wax the shield or use pledge

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Anything you put on the shield to repel rain will work great for a while and wear off eventually.

I've had mixed results with RainX. I put on my shield before a 400 mile ride in pouring rain. It was useless inside an hour.

I clean my shield with plastic cleaner like Novus and that helps repel water, for a while anyway.

Wiping with a gloved hand is fine as long as your glove has one of those rubber wipers on the left index finger. Held gloves have that and I expect other brands do, too. My experience riding in the rain has lead me NOT to wipe the shield as it just tends to smear.

My advice is to slow down when you have reduced visibility.


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There is a finger squeegee on the market. Slips over your glove finger, works pretty well. I have a pair of Firstgear gauntlet gloves with a rubber bar on the left index finger that does a pretty good job. Rain is a pain.

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For a temporary solution, turn your head to one side and then the other--the wind should push the rain off the face shield. It's a decent alternative to the glove swipe as it leaves no streaking nor scuffing.
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If you have a 2011 Versys with the stock windshield in the stock position try this:

Lean forward on the tank and look up through the windshield. At 35+ MPH the rain droplets will be pushed straight down your face shield from the airflow. Works really well in light to moderate rain. Sit back and keep going and repeat as necessary. The airflow coming off the the windshield creates a down draft in the area between the dash and the slope of the tank.

I use Endust on my visors also. I tried Pledge but the Endust lasted a bit longer.

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No way... Love riding in the rain. As for me... I just bear with it... Looking around and through the raindrops... Shifting my line of sight as the raindrops shift their positions.
I find fogging of the visor MUCH more trouble than rain... I don't find rain a problem at all.

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This may be of interest: http://bolty.net/2009/01/02/howto-ma...isor-squeegee/

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For a temporary solution, turn your head to one side and then the other--the wind should push the rain off the face shield. It's a decent alternative to the glove swipe as it leaves no streaking nor scuffing.
This is all it takes (as long as your going 35mph+). Just slightly turinging your head while keeping your eyes focused on the road (Turn head left, turn eyes right) should push all the water away!

Hopefully your not riding in rain for more than 2 or 3 hours though.

This approach worekd for me in a severe downpour for about 3 hours, mainly highway.

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There is an old trick in case of emergency: rub some tobacco from a cigarette on your visor (or a car windshield) and it will help run water down the glass.

I like Held gloves witch have a rubber wiper on the left index finger. It's effective but it gets tiresome running your hand over the visor all the time.
Speed will clear the water nicely but you need good tires and smooth throttle control in the wet.
Pinlock inserts are great against fogging of the visor.
Passing trucks is the worst so plan ahead. They trow a lot of spray directly at your head and it can blind you at critical moment.

In rain conditions visibility is the most limiting aspect. At one point you'll need to park it.
Around here when it rains it gets cold no matter the season. When you are dry and warm you realize the expensive gear is worth it.

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My advice is to slow down when you have reduced visibility.
Have found at times in rain if you go to slow that your visor does not clear the rain and a bit of safe speed does help with extra wind velocity to clear rain off visor.
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Have found at times in rain if you go to slow that your visor does not clear the rain and a bit of safe speed does help with extra wind velocity to clear rain off visor.

I agree.
When I ride slowly I feel insecure and unfocused.
With decent tires you don't have to slow down much in the wet. Just watch out for standing water (aquaplaning) and painted lines and be smooth on the throttle/brakes.
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What's this "rain" thing you are all talking about?
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What's this "rain" thing you are all talking about?
Its the wet stuff that falls out of the sky
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What's this "rain" thing you are all talking about?
...said the member from Seattle!


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Its the wet stuff that falls out of the sky
Oh ya. So that's what it was. That happened to me last year.
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Even though I ride in the stuff quite a lot it's mostly on my other bike which has a large windshield that comes up to about chin level. That creates a nice downdraft that sucks all the water off my visor so I rarely have a problem. When on the Versys it is a pain as I'm constantly having to wipe it off in order to see anything. Will have to try tucking down as mentioned above.
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