How to Ride a Motorcycle in the Rain

Learn how to ride a motorcycle in the rain in this Howcast motorcycle video with expert Kenyon Kluge.

Transcript

"My name is Kenyon Kluge. I'm from Santa Cruz, California. I'm a team owner and rider for K Squared Racing. I'm also the team manager and rider for Zero Motorcycle Racing. If you want to find out more information about me you can look at my website, ksquaredracing.com or for more information on Zero Motorcycles go to zeromotorcycles.com. And now I'm going to talk to you about motorcycles. Riding a motorcycle in the rain the biggest, overwhelming thing is being smooth. You must be smooth when riding in the rain. You can do anything you want, as long as you do it with some caution, and ease I and out of it, smoothly. So, when you're accelerating, ease onto the throttle slower than you would normally in the dry. When braking, ease onto the brakes and don't grab them quickly. The other critical thing is to remember that surfaces that you might normally roll over, some of them may not have as much traction. Staying away from metal brakes is critical. Even paint on the line, the lines that are painted on the road, on the sides of the road. That paint is gonna become more slick in the rain. Another critical thing to remember is that cars don't have traction just like you don't have traction in the rain. And you're a lot lighter than they are so, even despite the less traction, you can still probably stop more quickly than they can. So, don't get on your brakes too hard and force the car behind you into a slide. And then you should be, always be loose on the bars and controls. Don't clench them. Allow the bike to do what it needs to do as it moves across the pavement surface and over slick and non-slick items. Don't react to things. Allow the bike to move. And, again, just be smooth.

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