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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-02-2007, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

Now that Summer has passed I was wondering what people generally thought about riding their precious MV's in the rain and winter. I don't want to wreck my bike but at the same time I don't want it to gather dust either. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-02-2007, 06:05 AM
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Wet weather riding is not for me James. I don't mind the getting wet bit if I'm already out. But I wouldn't intentionally ride a bike in the rain these days.

It's a safety issue for me. The road is already a zoo and throwing water on it increases the risk too much imo.

Riding on a cold winter day....I'm all for that. (mild winter here!)

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had enough of winter riding when younger, rain, snow, leaves, mud on roads and biting cold winds

I just dont see the fun in it now, maybe a little older and wiser

anyway this is where the MV goes in winter
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Riding in the Rain or in the winter isn't as much of a problem. The attached Photo's were made in February. Well I do not start in the Rain, but You can get in a shower or the roads are wet. So the Bike will be messy but hey, You can give it a good wash and Lubrication / Protection and it will be fine. I came on Tours in the Rain and drove my F4 for almost 10 hours in the Rain. So get out on it when ever You have the urge, just switch the Brain on and give it good wash thereafter.
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Hi guys,

Now that Summer has passed I was wondering what people generally thought about riding their precious MV's in the rain and winter. I don't want to wreck my bike but at the same time I don't want it to gather dust either. Any thoughts?

Cheers,
James

I'm fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where in general rain is not a problem. When I lived in the UK though I regularly rode in the rain as if you don't ride in the rain over there you don't ride!! The last bike that I had in the UK was a Ducati 996 and I rode it in winter with no real problems other than having to clean it after every ride!

Here in the south of france I don't ride much in the rain if I can help it. If it looks like it may rain I don't go out and if I get caught in the rain I go home.
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Riding in the Rain or in the winter isn't as much of a problem. The attached Photo's were made in February. Well I do not start in the Rain, but You can get in a shower or the roads are wet. So the Bike will be messy but hey, You can give it a good wash and Lubrication / Protection and it will be fine. I came on Tours in the Rain and drove my F4 for almost 10 hours in the Rain. So get out on it when ever You have the urge, just switch the Brain on and give it good wash thereafter.
Man that looks cold
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In terms of winter riding and the bike getting wet/dirty, I couldn't care less. In terms of dealing with the F4s rather twitchy low down throttle response combined with wet and greasy UK roads, I'd rather not thanks.

Although I've ridden sports bikes through the winter in previous years it's been through nessecatity rather than actually wanting to and given the choice now I'd rather not. Although some sports bikes do a fairly decent job in the winter months, the F4s rather stiff suspension and less than smooth low down throttle response would have it ranking fairly high in, if not the top of, my list of worst bikes for winter.
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had enough of winter riding when younger, rain, snow, leaves, mud on roads and biting cold winds

I just dont see the fun in it now, maybe a little older and wiser

anyway this is where the MV goes in winter
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My remedy for rain is first, not to intentionally set out in the rain. Second, if it looks like rain I take the Ducati ST3s with ABS. Still lots of fun and much safer if I get caught in the rain...which in Oregon we get more than our share. The SPR is not a rain bike. It is all about risk and reward. My bet is that a wet road increases risk by 3 fold on a bike.

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Have been caught by serious rain while on the MV. Ride the MV year round at elevation, including deep cold winter. No issues, but I do clean the bike after rides. Bike look news, runs spectacularly.
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