Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
I don't think rain can cause a huge problem with the filter, but if it gets sucked into the intake you are facing much more serious problems> water doesn't compress. The bike would need to be almost submerged for that to occur. Sounds like lawyer-speak to me.
On the other hand, do not neglect regular air filter cleaning: I just did mine on a used V with 33000 km (21000 miles). Looked like it had never been cleaned, almost plugged with dust. That's gotta hurt power too.
While we're on the subject (not to hijack this thread!) I also decided to do all the routine maintenance and found the clutch cable badly frayed, hanging on by a thread, totally dry. C'mon people, how much time does it take to lube, 15 minutes? Less time than it takes to change out a new one... cheaper too. Or maybe you enjoy the thrill of clutch-less down-shifting to find neutral in heavy traffic?