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post #21 of 29 Old 11-29-2013, 03:57 PM
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Stock is Metzeler Sportec M5
Front 110/70-17
Rear 150/60-17

but i changed mine to Pirelli Angel ST .. wanted a Bridgestone BT-023 but no stock .. so far so good .. been riding on the country side ..doing some twisties ..
so far im still here ...

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how are those stock tires in the rain

btw which tires do you get in malaysia with the 390?
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It's not fun, but if the heavens open as you're leaving for work / home what are you gonna do?
Kit - well I've got some Rev'it Axis waterproof pants that are a size too big, but slip over my work clothes nicely. My Dri-rider jacket has got removable waterproof and thermal inner linings and so far so good! Boots can cost a fortune so I opted for some Dr Marten boots, which I can get away with wearing at work too.
Riding - I think the best advice I could offer is ride confidentially and take it a bit easier than normal, but don't ride like a grandma as you'll probably get into trouble being overly cautious. Ride at 80% of your usual pace and avoid trundling along in higher gears at low revs. Lower gears with higher revs can be easier to control as rolling off the throttle will slow you down in addition to breaking. When cornering consider slightly increasing your distance from the vehicle in front and go in slow, breaking when cornering in the wet is not fun and you can always open up as your coming out of the bend.
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I'm an idiot, I didn't see this was in Track Talk.
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post #25 of 29 Old 01-16-2014, 10:43 AM
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I ride in the rain regularly. Like Phil I have an Asian style jacket with vents... (actually sold by Harley). I have found the D390 to be simple the best bike in the rain I've ridden and perfectly safe in cornering, braking and high speed, I'm sure a lot to do with the light weight and good tyres. My last bike (H-D Sportster) was a veritable nightmare in the rain... it would slid/skid/wriggle and generally threaten to throw me off as soon as the drops started.
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Protip - coat your helmet visor with RainX. The drops just roll off.
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what can i say .. wise man thinks alike ... i did that to all my helmets ...
and to control the fog, i use swimming goggles solutions ...

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Protip - coat your helmet visor with RainX. The drops just roll off.

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Rode in the rain yesterday for the first time(on the Duke of course ) from work to home.
Tires are superb and I, for the first time dint have to worry about skids and slides plus the ABS made sure I braked safe. Great feeling!
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If you don t have a car, you got to ride in the rain...Fisherman's pants never leak comparing to the stuff they sell in the bike shop....and I wear XL rubber gloves on top of my leather gloves....by the way Cyclone Ita is coming our way, better find a good shelter for the bike.....
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