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  • You wear the rain gear, your pillion can get wet

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  • Your pillion wears the rain gear, you get wet

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  • Wait for the rain to stop

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  • Take public transport home

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    disagree. taking bus and train sux full time.. always getting stepped on.. my poor feet and shoes.. black already.
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    can c chio bu on public transport

     

     
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    i dont mind getting wet >.>
    but if got jacket ill pass it to my gf to wear lor
    at home she can dry me mah ^.^
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    lolz.. another chance to camp in her house right =D
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtzx View Post
    lolz.. another chance to camp in her house right =D

    haha
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    Hahaha, that's why I have rain gears for both myself and pillion. We'll ride rain or shine!
    Don't do it to others what you don't want others to do to you! God bless!

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    I buy the $1 cheapo poncho

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    Eh, I don't bother with rain gear. All that wind blast and the hot water steaming off the engine keeps me comfy :3

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    wheres the poll which states
    *Ride in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valarie View Post
    Stop at the nearest possible shelter.Let the rain shower the road for at least 10mins. Put on my raincoat if any. Be ready to ride in the rain. Keep to the slow moving lane on most times. Maintain a safe distance with the vehicle in front. Pre plan route and more alertness on riding actions. Keep safe speed. Seek shelter again if confidence runs low.
    very helpful advise. braking distance is greatly compromised in rainy condition. must space out from other vehicles. certainly dun want to crash in the rain. dun think the car behind is able to stop before hitting our bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pureice68 View Post
    Hahaha, that's why I have rain gears for both myself and pillion. We'll ride rain or shine!
    my bike is a 1 seater only, so not bother with raingear for pillion:-)

     

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by replica View Post
    my bike is a 1 seater only, so not bother with raingear for pillion:-)
    Good for you bro! But there's times in your life you need some companion!
    Don't do it to others what you don't want others to do to you! God bless!

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    or some random girl =x

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmjoe View Post
    or some random girl =x
    Steady lah Joe! Yes, just in case you need to pick someone up and heading somewhere special! You can't be telling that someone that you'll meet him/her at the special place and you ride there your own right?
    Don't do it to others what you don't want others to do to you! God bless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmjoe View Post
    or some random girl =x
    probably random guys too.........
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    good to have extra raincoat for pillion =)

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    Race the rain to the nearest expresssway with tunnels amid wind gusts and flying leaves everywhere.

    With some practise you can have some really good estimations on when it will rain and what direction to escape in :3

    That's how a CBR1000 lost to a lowly Phantom. He got stuck in the rain while we (was with pillion) escaped into KPE just in time!

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    theoretically by law u arent allowed to stop inside tunnels at all times unless breakdowns. there are designated bike shelters in case of rain at bridges of flyover. but so far i never stopped at one before, never did and never will, if its the gods will it rained when i ride, then so be it, i accept with open arms. but if it rained b4 i ride, i'll ned to gauge whether to take Public transport anot.
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    i usually wear my raining gears under those bridges or bus stops or stop by the side and than go on, but there was once whereby the visibility was really too bad i had to stop under one of the bridges to stay safe and wait till i could see better

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    Rain or shine i ride... Wet or not wet still ride... Only stop ridding when am heading to school and cannot afford to get wet... I carry extra clothing for rain too ;D

    wonders if there's anyone wears swim suit to ride anot? Divers jumpsuit
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    Lol since when is Spandex a part of biker fashion? Well you could wear a diving suit but you'd look like...



    something from your favourite DC comics

    I used to have a RM100 leather jacket from JB some years back and that was awesome in the rain. No water ever got through; pity I don't have matching leather pants and boots for the.... DC comics look. Lol.

    Ps: The 100 ringgit jacket lasted almost 3 years rain & shine with no maintenence, it just cracked up eventually because it's quite thin. Not bad for a China product!

     

     
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    oooh i like the girl hero.

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    CHoose to public transport when rain..Fallen once during wet road, nv dare to ride fast ( below 80km/h, also making wide turn =.=)

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    I think riding the phantom during rainy days are dangerous. Maybe it's because i'm a newbie. But i have, a few times, sliding experience.. when i brake too hard.. the whole bike feels like ice-skating. Turning also must be slow.
    Is it just the phantom or other bikes also will have similar response?

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    any bike in the rain is almost equally dangerous

    wet roads, reduced visibility for both yourself and drivers is not a good combination
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    yesterday was d heaviest downpour i ever rode in on PIE ard bt. timah area.. traffic was at max 40km/h and visibility was so bad, i didn't even dare to stop at the shoulder, fearing someone riding on it..

    so carried on and making sure im always in front of a vehicle wif hazard lights on.. cux our phantoms don hv it.. but im planning to fix them up soon! makes a lot of difference in riding in low visibility conditions!
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    Yea all riders please ride safe, remember to double your stopping distance and that your brakes are half as effective..

    Brake (ideally) gradually and intermittently, refrain from jamming the rear bike as there is high chance of fish tailing, not only for cruisers, every body else too.

    If visibility and road conditions are too poor, please stop at bike stops, do avoid shoulders if possible as heavy vehicles do stop there at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan0n View Post
    CHoose to public transport when rain..Fallen once during wet road, nv dare to ride fast ( below 80km/h, also making wide turn =.=)
    i fell a few times on my phantom, most less than 50km/h. maybe 1 or 2 almost come to a complete stop already then fall. when i got up i was checking what went wrong with my bike, not checking if i had any bad injuries on myself, cos the fall was like my last bicycle fall. -.-'

    so ride safe people. ride more, get more experience on the road, be it dry or wet road. if you dont intend to gain experience on wet road at all, then be prepared to take public transport whenever it rains even if you are riding halfway to your journey. at the same time, dont get complacent just cause you have more experience.
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    if rain b4 i leave home, wear raincoat (go work)
    if rain when I am already riding, chiong, kpkb, high beam, horn at those who hog lane 1.5 wearing raincoat taking their own sweet time (go work)
    if rain when I am already riding, turn around and go home drenched (personal life)


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    -double post due to lag-


    Practical Test Checklist:
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    √ Never at fault no matter what happens
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    I dont why everyone says phantom skids when it rains. I never had any problem. May be because my rear brakes are not that powerful, it actually feels like drum brakes and not disk brakes haha. So Its my front brakes that are always used.

    While making turn I make sure I am dead slow before the turn so that I dont ahve to jam brakes while turning. That would kill you. Also while turning dont lean down try to be as vertical as possible.

    You follow these steps and you can ride the phantom rain or shine
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    yesterday was d heaviest downpour i ever rode in on PIE ard bt. timah area.. traffic was at max 40km/h and visibility was so bad, i didn't even dare to stop at the shoulder, fearing someone riding on it..

    so carried on and making sure im always in front of a vehicle wif hazard lights on.. cux our phantoms don hv it.. but im planning to fix them up soon! makes a lot of difference in riding in low visibility conditions!
    do fix up hazard lights! damn useful! be it in break down or rain. cheap too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by revhappy View Post
    I dont why everyone says phantom skids when it rains. I never had any problem. May be because my rear brakes are not that powerful, it actually feels like drum brakes and not disk brakes haha. So Its my front brakes that are always used.

    While making turn I make sure I am dead slow before the turn so that I dont ahve to jam brakes while turning. That would kill you. Also while turning dont lean down try to be as vertical as possible.

    You follow these steps and you can ride the phantom rain or shine
    cos they ebrake with rear more than front. and they have better rear brakes than youes, and also the tyre they used. so many, i would suggest check ur rear brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunloon View Post
    cos they ebrake with rear more than front. and they have better rear brakes than youes, and also the tyre they used. so many, i would suggest check ur rear brakes

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    yup.. check ur rear brakes guys.. wif a good tyre and a serviced rear brake, i nv had a locked rear wheel.. even under hard braking.. good pads allows u to maximize, yet control d braking much better.. but pls pls, use more of ur front brakes.. i recently upgraded my front brake pump to a old model cb400 one i ordered from ebay.. much much stronger n responsive braking..

    Quote Originally Posted by jevan View Post
    do fix up hazard lights! damn useful! be it in break down or rain. cheap too!
    already did, and THANKFULLY, not have to used it much, other than stopping at d side of d road to drop off or fetch someone... i even upgraded my rear signals to larger n brighter super 4 ones.. definitely better in d low visibility conditions..
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    where did you do up your rear signal lights? how much it costs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jevan View Post
    where did you do up your rear signal lights? how much it costs?
    DIY bro.. bought them off ebay... since i had to relocate my signals wen i fix my sideboxes, i figured i might as well go for sumting brighter and not the typical round signals...
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    Hmmm have been riding phantom for about 1.5mths now. Been thru rain and shine, heavy rain, traffic jam etc. So far have only wheel locked once, but that was on a hot weather with dry road. I locked my tire because i over estimated my speed and the car infront of me had already stopped and i was coming down from a slope of a small hill. I used my rear brakes quite alot and lesser of my front brake. I realise its just a short distance before i hit the car infront and i stepped the rear brake harder, end up locking the tire. From this i learnt that phantom is quite a heavy bike for 2B. IMO it requires quite abit of braking distance. If your hard on the brakes you can lock up your rear even on dry grounds. Wet weather havent experience any tire locking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark_135 View Post
    Hmmm have been riding phantom for about 1.5mths now. Been thru rain and shine, heavy rain, traffic jam etc. So far have only wheel locked once, but that was on a hot weather with dry road. I locked my tire because i over estimated my speed and the car infront of me had already stopped and i was coming down from a slope of a small hill. I used my rear brakes quite alot and lesser of my front brake. I realise its just a short distance before i hit the car infront and i stepped the rear brake harder, end up locking the tire. From this i learnt that phantom is quite a heavy bike for 2B. IMO it requires quite abit of braking distance. If your hard on the brakes you can lock up your rear even on dry grounds. Wet weather havent experience any tire locking.
    Bro, phantom does require more braking seriously. Have to use engine braking often.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey83 View Post
    Bro, phantom does require more braking seriously. Have to use engine braking often.)

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    Yup, i always use engine brake. Otherwise brakes alone prone to skidding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark_135 View Post
    Yup, i always use engine brake. Otherwise brakes alone prone to skidding
    totally agreed on the brakes. oops. =D
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawfly View Post
    totally agreed on the brakes. oops. =D
    Always practice quick downshifting. This is opposite of what they taught u in driving school. I agree wif them that wen u panic n brake n downshifting, they afraid u end up clutching in all the way and totally no engine brake.

    However, I always practice downshifts to the extent that wen i e-brake, i naturally downshift quickly and it becomes part of my reflex when i panic e-brake. Saved myself a couple of times dat way. If 100% just on brakes, kiss bumper liao.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    Always practice quick downshifting. This is opposite of what they taught u in driving school. I agree wif them that wen u panic n brake n downshifting, they afraid u end up clutching in all the way and totally no engine brake.

    However, I always practice downshifts to the extent that wen i e-brake, i naturally downshift quickly and it becomes part of my reflex when i panic e-brake. Saved myself a couple of times dat way. If 100% just on brakes, kiss bumper liao.
    would u mean that u let go the clutch faster when u try to down shift faster? or a clutchless downshift? (not that it sounds appealing)
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    Always practice quick downshifting. This is opposite of what they taught u in driving school. I agree wif them that wen u panic n brake n downshifting, they afraid u end up clutching in all the way and totally no engine brake.

    However, I always practice downshifts to the extent that wen i e-brake, i naturally downshift quickly and it becomes part of my reflex when i panic e-brake. Saved myself a couple of times dat way. If 100% just on brakes, kiss bumper liao.
    would u mean that u let go the clutch faster when u try to down shift faster? or a clutchless downshift? (not that it sounds appealing)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawfly View Post
    would u mean that u let go the clutch faster when u try to down shift faster? or a clutchless downshift? (not that it sounds appealing)
    I meant downshift, let go clutch, downshift, let go clutch, repeat until stop lor. So i make use of the engine braking in every gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    I meant downshift, let go clutch, downshift, let go clutch, repeat until stop lor. So i make use of the engine braking in every gear.
    Here's what i do too:

    3 fingers on brake, 2 fingers on trottle, i brake and rev match at the same time to downshift. Otherwise if just downshift(braking at the same time) without rev match, if done improperly can crunch your gears, not good. A few times i did that. Thats when high speed braking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark_135 View Post
    Here's what i do too:

    3 fingers on brake, 2 fingers on trottle, i brake and rev match at the same time to downshift. Otherwise if just downshift(braking at the same time) without rev match, if done improperly can crunch your gears, not good. A few times i did that. Thats when high speed braking.
    Dats blipping d throttle wen downshifting. Used for racing. I would say it is almost impossible to do so during an e-brake. Wen u panic, doubt u hv d precision to do dat. To slow down, actually downshifting as per normal is better in terms of cutting down speed.

    Actly u wont rly crunch gears. Wen engine speed doesnt match, probably ur rear wheel just spins faster and u lose rear stability. Dats y racers dont use this technique. but well to each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    I meant downshift, let go clutch, downshift, let go clutch, repeat until stop lor. So i make use of the engine braking in every gear.
    i do that also for engine braking but usually i dont really apply much brake so it takes a bit of time to slow down unless im in a hurry to meet the stopping target. probably must make some changes to make the engine brake down shifting more faster.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spark_135 View Post
    Here's what i do too:

    3 fingers on brake, 2 fingers on trottle, i brake and rev match at the same time to downshift. Otherwise if just downshift(braking at the same time) without rev match, if done improperly can crunch your gears, not good. A few times i did that. Thats when high speed braking.
    usually i try 2 get the engine revs down enough so that is a comfortable shift instead.. of cos that one is leisurely slowing down..
    usually if i rev match during kick down is for power chionging out of !@#$ situations..

    if high speed braking if rev match i got phobia of over running my target distance leh! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by naim View Post
    Dats blipping d throttle wen downshifting. Used for racing. I would say it is almost impossible to do so during an e-brake. Wen u panic, doubt u hv d precision to do dat. To slow down, actually downshifting as per normal is better in terms of cutting down speed.

    Actly u wont rly crunch gears. Wen engine speed doesnt match, probably ur rear wheel just spins faster and u lose rear stability. Dats y racers dont use this technique. but well to each his own.
    like that if u got only a short distance to brake, got enough time to go thru the gears if your 2 seconds to impact? (assuming following distance rule already failed)
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    When i rains I just ride!

    If really have to stop in a life and death situation, I just E-Brake with front and back brakes. If got time, kick down without clutching in.
    Better to wear the clutch out then to die right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Hunter View Post
    When i rains I just ride!

    If really have to stop in a life and death situation, I just E-Brake with front and back brakes. If got time, kick down without clutching in.
    Better to wear the clutch out then to die right?
    true! technical question though.. why ppl say kick down without clutching in kills the clutch? i thought if u dont disengage the clutch how come will have wear leh? i always thought that it was the transmission that will get the shock instead..
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