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What is the 650 Versys like to ride in the rain

So what is this machine like to ride in the rain?

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It's wet.
In all seriousness there is not much protection with the stock screen.
I guess the handling would depend on your tires. I have only been in the rain a few times but I had no problems.
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I've ridden in the rain and find it no problem...just obey the rules of riding in the rain in general and enjoy it...now if it pouring so hard the cagers might have a hard time seeing you..you might want to pull over for a bit..and turn on your emergency blinkers for better visiblity (no.8)...

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[Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Rain was originally published in American Rider magazine]

1.Choose a rainsuit that incorporates a breathable membrane such as Gore-Tex, Reissa, Hipora or similar material.
2. Pack your rainsuit on top, not at the bottom of your saddlebag.
3. Watch windshield wipers of oncoming cars to see if it’s raining ahead.
4. Put your rain gear on before the rain starts.
5. Wear bright colors for increased visibility to others.
6. Transfer wallet, keys, and other essentials to waterproof outside pockets.
7. Your windshield should be low enough to look over, not just through.
8. Use four-way flashers in heavy rain or fog.
9. Increase your following distance, and watch for tailgaters.
10. Avoid standing water as it can hide potholes and debris.
11. Check tire pressures periodically. Underinflated tires are more likely to hydroplane.
12. Tap rear brake in advance of normal braking distance to alert followers.
13. Gently apply brakes periodically to wipe rotors of water/mud/debris.
14. Watch out for painted lines, arrows, etc. as they can be particularly slippery.
15. After the ride, don’t pack your rain gear away until after it’s dry.


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16. Avoid manhole and other access covers and steel plates in the road.

Personally I wear waterproof gear and don't have to pull rain gear "out".
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It really depends on your tires I rode from Johnstown Pennsylvania to Fort Wayne Indiana in pissy ass rain with new Bridgestone's on it might as well have been dry no problem. loved every minute of it


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17. It is slickest just after it starts raining before all the oil and such has washed off the road.

18. The middle of the lane will be slickest because that's where the oil accumulates.
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I can only compare riding in the rain on the versys to riding in the rain with a zx6r.
I commute so ride inthe rain a lot and all I do differently is take it a little easier in the turns and give more slowing distance. never a problem, proper rain gear,, a finger mask wiper, and unless the water has turned solid its perfectly plesant to ride in the rain.

I also use a taller touring windscreen, but i'm 6'3"
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wet....?
bike has a good center of gravity just keep it smooth, avoid train tracks and manhole covers
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Ridden MANY hours in the rain. Just like any other bike once the slippery oil flushes off the surface. IF I'm on a long trip (eg - Alaska) I put my tall windshield on which helps protect my chest area.

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It really comes down to the tires more than the bike. Good rain tires will make any bike feel confident in the rain.

As far as protection? The windshield and fairings will keep you dry in very light rain, but anything serious and you're getting wet.
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It really comes down to the tires more than the bike. Good rain tires will make any bike feel confident in the rain.

As far as protection? The windshield and fairings will keep you dry in very light rain, but anything serious and you're getting wet.
And good suspension. Good suspension keeps the tire in contact with the road surface.

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Just Last Week, going home...

I was caught in the rain for about 25 miles. First leg of the trip home was on the interstate. I was going 60 mph consistently with no issues. I still have the stock tires with about 10K on it, riding the V very conservatively-staying on the right most lane.

I was had a rain jacket on and just regular denim pants with waterproof timberland boots.

I don't plan on riding in the rain intentionally, but I feel confident with my V, just being extra alert and careful at all times... and of course ATGATT!!!
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A hugger and a Fenda Extenda help keep road spray off.
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Does RainX help with the helmet face shield. Any other products to help with face shield?
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Don't use rain-x since it is for glass. Use plexus. It's pricey but it's gold.

Riding in the rain is great on the versys, but ultimatelyits about your gear. A clean visor and waterproof gear makes it nothing but enjoyable. It's all about visibility.

Also, slow the hell down.

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Don't use rain-x since it is for glass. Use plexus. It's pricey but it's gold.

Riding in the rain is great on the versys, but ultimatelyits about your gear. A clean visor and waterproof gear makes it nothing but enjoyable. It's all about visibility.

Also, slow the hell down.
+1 for the plexius...lemon pledge is also good..but no no no to the rain-x..it's bad for your eyes
best of all is a good pin-lock shield..I have a good one on my Nolan N104...my face shield never fogs..but my eyeglasses do
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Rain-X work fine on most face shields, for sure Bell, KBC and Arai.
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Rain-X work fine on most face shields, for sure Bell, KBC and Arai.
Plexius and Rain-X both works well, but I prefer to use Plexius. It doesn't leave a haziness if you don't buff it off fast enough like Rain-X.

As for rain riding, I got caught in the rain for 200 miles going from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. I have Pirelli Angel ST and they are fantastic in the rain! I was comfortable enough to average 70MPH still. Although I should reduce the speed some in the future. : o.

Chad and other users above already have everything down to the pinpoint.

I would highly recommend good rain gear or waterproof gear. If you get trenched, your entire riding experience changes. You'll get cold, your clothes will get heavy, and you'll get fatigue quick.
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haven't tried it..but they sell it at Cycle Gear..so someone has...
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