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Old June 20th, 2012   #31
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I own Harley CVOs and dressers bought a 06 ST1300 three months ago. Dont get me wrong I like my harley but the ST1300 will out ride and out perform the harley all the way around. I really love that ST.
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Old September 18th, 2013   #33
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Regarding riding in the rain; My biggest problem in the rain is VISION! If it really decides to rain hard, I simply can't see well enough to ride. I've tried a number of combinations of windshield height, visor up or down, etc. and always have a problem of either rain in the face (and on my glasses) or fogged up visor (and I have tried no fog with little effect). A little RainX on the visor helps a good bit, but if it really rains hard, I'm done.

Any ideas?
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Stop and have a smoke? Or soda, coke, whatever it is you like to drink, while the rain beats up the other motorists out there? Rain-X on the outside, and they also make an anti-fog for the inside. Both help, but if it's really that hard, I would just stop somewhere.

Where where I am, people have a lot of trouble driving in the rain. A (very) little light rain, and the highway (70) is moving at 50 or less.

One of the big problems is that it doesn't rain much, so it takes quite a while for the roads to get cleaned up. Riding here in the rain isn't stupid, but it's certainly not the smartest thing you can ever choose to do.
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Regarding riding in the rain; My biggest problem in the rain is VISION! If it really decides to rain hard, I simply can't see well enough to ride. I've tried a number of combinations of windshield height, visor up or down, etc. and always have a problem of either rain in the face (and on my glasses) or fogged up visor (and I have tried no fog with little effect). A little RainX on the visor helps a good bit, but if it really rains hard, I'm done.

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I can ride through rain with no problem. I have a Shoei helmet with a pinlock visor insert (in effect double glazing the visor) and I get no fogging. I've had pinlock visors for years. I also ease the ST 1300 screen up from it's habitual lowest point until I reach the point where the rain is not really hitting my visor anyway and there is still enough windflow to blow away those raindrops that do make it through. That point is a very long way from screen full up. Rain generally has little effect on my average speed and although I cannot say that I enjoy riding through torrential rain, I just get on with it. If you can keep your average speed up then the aerodynamics start to work and keep your visor relatively clear of water.
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Dick points out some great tips.

I don't have a Pinlock visor on my current helmet but, I have used them in the past to good advantage.

A FogCity insert achieves a similar effect.

I also raise the windshield a bit until the backflow pushes the raindrops down off of my visor but, not high enough to have to look "through" the windshield.

This will depend upon your height.

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I can ride through rain with no problem. I have a Shoei helmet with a pinlock visor insert (in effect double glazing the visor) and I get no fogging. I've had pinlock visors for years. I also ease the ST 1300 screen up from it's habitual lowest point until I reach the point where the rain is not really hitting my visor anyway and there is still enough windflow to blow away those raindrops that do make it through. That point is a very long way from screen full up. Rain generally has little effect on my average speed and although I cannot say that I enjoy riding through torrential rain, I just get on with it. If you can keep your average speed up then the aerodynamics start to work and keep your visor relatively clear of water.
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Yes, I used Fog City double glazing in earlier helmets that didn't have the Pinlock system. Fog City was just as good.
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