A few years back I totalled my old Versys. I hydroplaned on braking with almost brand new Michelin Road Pilot 3 tires with that kind of water, in fact both wheels were in a very long (~200ft), shallow, puddle, of solid water, it is very easy to do, and was very unexpected. Suddenly the front wheel feels like it is on ice with front brake applied and you are approaching a stopped car so your immediate instinctive reaction is to squeeze tighter which causes the bike to low side. On the upside body sliding (in gear) on pavement that wet causes virtually no abrasive damage to gear or person. Learn from my mistake, be extremely careful to allow for slow, gradual stops on a very wet road. It was unexpected because the tires provided great traction in the wet, up until the point they did not.
Last edited by twowheels; 07-19-2018 at 11:51 AM.