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Do you guys avoid rain like avoiding the plague? Just curious I've always been one to do pretty much anything to avoid not riding on days it may rain. Not because of safety issues more not wanting to get it wet. I assume this type of OCD is more prevalent with MV owners but I wanted to get your thoughts. Are there really any long term concerns if the bike occasionally gets wet? I feel like I'm going to be torn - one side of me wanting to do everything to keep it immaculate and the other wanting to ride every chance I get. I would imagine water will do it's normal thing like rust the chain and possibly make other parts rust faster than if the bike never gets wet. Thanks for your feedback.
 

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I used to when I had Pirellis on it but since switching to the Michelin Pilot Powers the only thing keeping me from riding in the rain is if I have to look pretty when I arrive somewheres. Some weeks its the only bath the bike gets. When it does finally get a bath I wash mine with a hose (not high pressure mind you).
 

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I rode to Phillip Isle to see the Moto GP,5,000km round trip.On our last day to the Isle it rained heavily for 700kms and the bike never missed a beat.The only problem was the wash from the front wheel sprayed up into the cockpit big time (couldn't see instruments at all).I have since fitted a front mudguard extension to solve that problem.Funny side is my mate following said the rooster tail of water from the back wheel was incredible.

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I have ridden for years in all weathers when younger, but now I have a car I would never choose to ride in the wet. Even the tread pattern on my new tyres isn't suitable for the wet. I wouldn't enjoy riding carefully, it would be so boring what's the point? I like the assurance of feeling my tyres gripping hard.
The only time I rode her in the wet was because I had no choice, because my 1 to 1 training with a police rider was on a very wet day. The back end slipped coming out of a round about despite the fact I was being gentle, difficult to see diesel spills when it's pissing down.

Getting gloves/boots wet=hassle, unless you fork out for wet riding gear.
Then there's the job of a full clean and polish/wax to get her back to the same state as when I started the ride. I enjoy my Italian mistress looking as immaculate as I can keep her at all times.
 

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After that Phillip Isle trip it took 2 full days to clean the bike.Stripped every part of it except the motor.What a mess.I suppose thats what happens when you go touring.:jsm:
 

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As in water falling on it???? - Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo Never .......................... :jsm:


Rob, Rob, Rob!!!!!

I see that you have not been in touch with your feminine side lately:naughty::naughty::naughty:......riding in the rain is fantastic fun just a different riding style.

As long as you are warm and dry, the bike can always be cleaned...

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My MV is a daily driver...rain, hail, sleet, snow :lightning no problems so far!
LMAO !

Where in California (per sig) are ya??


As for getting my MV wet, I try to keep away from dousing her with the hose and prefer the bucket of clean water and wash mitt, rag and various brushes...It's worked on my Duc so far and she's coming up on 60k miles since bought new. I think the MV will fare just as well
 

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I avoid washing my bike like it's the plague. But we hardly ever get any rain here in SoCal so not really something I can answer.

I never understood why people washed their bikes though. A can of spray polish, a microfiber cloth and some elbow grease is all it takes to shine her up like new.
 
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