The right gear makes all the difference in the world. I got caught in a frog strangler on the Superslab last year. For a bit I was doing good to make 35mph and cars were doing no better. Every overpass had a group of Cruiser Riders huddled like lost sheep under it, spent all their cash on chrome and none on rain gear no doubt! But I was dry as toast other than my hands. My Olympia jacket and a pair of Tourmaster rain pants along with the Sidi boots had me covered. My Shoei did a good job on the noggin and I wax the face shield so the rain slid right off. The hands getting wet is because I have yet to find a pair of rain glove I can stand. I have a big ugly pair of rubber overgloves but it was warm and I said "The Heck With It".
The downside to riding in farm country is I was a filthy mess by the time I got home coated in who knows what so I had to wash the bike and all my gear and shower before I could relax.
I find the downside of riding in the rain are you can't see as well and neither can the people driving cars. Handling can be reduced and brake times go way up. So the need to be very careful is increased.
It's also hard on the bike, chains can get the lube washed off and out of them brake pads fill with grit and the water can play hobbs with the electrical system, only thing worse than being broken down on the side of the road is being broken down on the side of the road in the rain!
Or was that look THEN leap?
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