Why Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain Can Be an Amazing Experience
Why Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain Can Be an Amazing Experience
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When it comes to recommending motorcycling to others, there are a few common objections that often arise. One of the most frequent excuses is the fear of riding in the rain. However, I recently discovered that this argument holds little weight. In fact, getting caught in the rain while riding a motorcycle can be an incredibly enjoyable experience.

For weeks, my friend Bob and I tried to find a time to go on a Honda ride together. Our conflicting schedules made it challenging, and just when we thought we had settled on a date, rain appeared in the forecast. We debated whether to postpone our riding plans, but instead, we decided to proceed cautiously. We synchronized our communication devices, promising to take breaks for lunch and coffee if the weather worsened.


Surprisingly, the rain never became an issue. What began as clouds turned into a light mist and eventually transformed into genuine rainfall. Despite droplets obscuring my visor and water threatening to seep into my boots, the ride was refreshing and invigorating.

But how does one develop a liking for riding in the rain? As with many aspects of motorcycling, it boils down to two key factors: gear and attitude. Gear is relatively straightforward — invest in a comfortable waterproof jacket, a helmet with a fog-free visor (something I still need to acquire), and a reliable pair of boots. That's all you really need.


The attitude, on the other hand, can be more challenging to adopt. Riding in the rain at high speeds can feel like sharp needles piercing your skin, especially when your visor is open and your face is exposed to the elements. It's cold, uncomfortable, and can be bothersome. However, if you shift your perspective and see the rain as something cool, refreshing, and invigorating, everything changes. Your posture opens up, and the world around you seems a little brighter. Suddenly, that rainstorm becomes a source of joy and excitement.

I won't claim that rain rides are superior to all other rides, but they might just rival those scorching 80-plus-degree days. I encourage you to give riding in the rain a try — you might discover a newfound appreciation for it. As the forecast in New York calls for rain tonight, I hope to see you out on the roads, embracing the exhilarating experience of riding through the rain.

Credit: Jalopnik

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