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I cut my Eastern Iowa and Wisconsin trip short today because of the 80% chance of rain tomorrow (figures, hasnt rained for 20 days and will rain on the one weekend I get to go on a long ride). Not trying to be a wuss, but am very concerned about rain going into the ram air and saturating the filters and whatever else, also with my tankbag I cannot get down under the windshield. Also have not had this bike on wet pavement so not sure how it handles. I have rode many other bikes in the rain but not a 12R, what is you guy's take on it?

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hey ORVRIDER,i have had my 12 in some SERIOUS SERIOUS rain showers..like 25 mph on the interstate for a few hours.no worries at all with getting rain water in the snorkel...as for riding in the rain on the 12,as if you didn't already know they are a very powerful bike and you just have to treat the 12 with alot of respect and take it easy with the throttle..hope this helps you out with ridding in the rain...later..reddawg<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif ALT=":eek:">

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Crank it up and ride ORV, you will not have a problem. Trust me on that.

50 mph mountain wind w/ rain blowing right down the snorkle (yep, happens here occasionally). All is good, She won't drown.

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Ive been caught a few times here too... all that water will do , going in the motor , will just clean up those pistons alittle.. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

J/K.. I thought I would drown her a few times, but as long as the water level stays below the front fender you'll be OK !!

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Here in New England, we have lots of rain. I ride every day even when it does rain. There is absolutley no problem with rain getting into the ram air snorkel etc...
As far as riding the 12 in rain for general saftey issues, there is no difference here with any bike in the rain. It's a different ball game on bikes and ya just have to learn the right rules. 3 second rule becomes 5 or more. painted surfaces should be deleted all together. never ride in the center lane(it's slick there with fluids, thats where car engines sit etc..). All your inputs need to be gentle(braking and throttle) Cornering lines change as well. Brake earlier for corners and don't hold a real tight line. Tires....better have some tread, thats why they are on the tire to start with, otherwise we could all run slicks.
When I was into BMW's and a National member, I used to go to alot of the seminars and class's they put on. One was a day long class on riding in the rain. I learned alot. But the biggest thing I learned is that when dressed right and aware of the conditions around you, then there is alot of good riding that can still be had in the rain.

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Mono has some good points. I threw on the rain gear this morning going to work in heavy rain as many times before. The 12 does good. Just take be smart.

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Thanks for the replies. I have ridden many times before in the rain, but wasn't sure if the steep fork angle on this bike would make the front end squirrely. My Joe Rocket gear is supposed to be waterproof so that shouldn't be a problem. So where does the water go that gets sucked into the snorkel, there is an airbox drain but it is past the filters. I just thought if the filters got saturated it would run like crap. The air filter oil I use is supposed to be waterproof so maybe that helps. I did have one incident on a Katana 750 that I came up to a highway intersection way hot in the rain and realized I wasn't going to get her stopped so I just pinned it and hoped for the best!

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Riding in the rian should be no problem for the bike.

BUT, around here, if it hasn't rained for 20 days, then rains, it is almost like riding on ice for the first few hours until all the oil and grease is washed off the road. I personally would avoid riding the first day after that long with no rain, but then go for it after that.

When it rains here next in the Portland, Oregon area (maybe tomorrow) I'll be sliding sideways though corners in my dually Dodge diesel. I hasn't really rained here all summer. I won't be on my bike.

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