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It's my primary means of transportation. So if it's raining, I'm riding.
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In the few years I've had the bike, I've been caught in quite a bit of rain. Usually because I think "but it might NOT rain!" . I just try to keep rain gear and a bandana/handkerchief handy. If you're wearing an open helmet, wearing that bandana on your face (like the bad ass bikers we all know we are ) makes a huge difference in the amount of pain involved in going over 40 mph in the rain.

In mid summer rain, though, it's not that bad once you're totally soaked and spare clothes in plastic bags work pretty well if you need to be dry when you reach your destination. And if you're an idiot who may or may not have forgotten to zip your sissybar bag shut, and end up a few hours from home soaked, I'm pretty sure you can get fairly cheap replacements at a walmart. Not from experience, really, just what I've heard
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I have soaked my extra cloths on a 4 day event Not fun when its only in the 50's
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i go by the 30's... i leave the bike if:
more than 30% chance rain
tempertaure is in 30's or below
higher than 30 mph winds

a couple of time i regret taking the cage but i want to have easy fun ride
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Count me in with the 'no car' group. I ride every day, rain or shine, like it or not. I've been known to suck it up for a beer run regardless of the weather. If it's raining in the morning, I wear rain gear; if it's raining in the afternoon I just throw my wet clothes on the bathroom floor and take a warm shower.

Weather also impacts my riding style - I split a lot more cautiously or not at all, mind my speed, etc.

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I have had a bike as my only transportation for years, but got an old car for the bad stuff, it floods bad when it rains here and we get gusty winds up to 80 mph and I work crazy schedules so the bus is usually not a option and frankly when I calculate the time spent on the bus taking the bike saves about an hour.

I do and have ridden in the rain that in itself is the not the problem for me, it's the idiot drivers who get worse when it gets wet, California drivers do not know to drive in the wet (or any other time)

Its best to buy the best rain gear you can afford, on some other threads our northern clime riders sometime recommend getting a snowmobile suit.
I like two piece suits over a one piece coverall type, the one pieces I have bought usually leak at the zipper around the crotch the last place you want a leak.
My current suit is from Nelson Riggs and I wear First Gear Water Proof boots.
Cruiser Works (expensive) work really well and if don't mind wearing road racing style boots, Sidi makes excellent waterproof and breathable boots. The best waterproof I ever had were my Ft Lewis boots I bought in the military I wore those when I was stationed in Iceland and England and you know how wet those Countries get.
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I left sunny Commiefornia for rainy Wetshington 16 years ago so it's rain or shine for me. Living in the rain state, rain gear is a must for riders here because most of the time you don't have a choice. I don't particularly go out and ride in the rain anymore but living in a state where it rains 9 months of the year I have to be able to jump on my bike and ride even if it's raining when I get that urge. I don't really put my bike away for the winter and I ride pretty much all year.
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I have been caught in it. I will not go out if it is raining. I have a set of rain gear in my bags and have had to use them on the way home from work several times.
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