There you are out of a spin on your Kawasaki Ninja 650R and the clouds build up in the skies up ahead and you have to wonder how wet you are going to get. It may not be as much fun riding in the rain but you don't have to get soaked if you have the right gear.
We have all been there - 50 more miles to go to get to the destination and the heavens have opened. Can’t stop as we have to be there by a certain time. Or You know there is no point stopping because the rain looks like it is set in for the day. Either you have gone prepared and you can get out the motorcycle rain gear, or get soaked. If you are lucky you can see the rain up ahead and can get changed before you hit it. There could be an opportunity to stop under a bridge and put the gear on. Or you might wait it out if it is a really bad thunderstorm.
Belstaff for me have always been at the forefront of motorcycle rain gear. It goes back to the traditional waxed jackets and trousers. Now it seems old fashioned due to the modern materials available, but it did keep you dry. Nothing worse than having a dribble of water coming in on your shoulders or your neck.
It is worth looking for cheap motorcycle rain gear
What you should be looking for is rain gear for motorcycle riders that has value. The sliding scale between the amount paid and the quality of the product is tough to work out. The best you can do is to ask your motorcycling mates which rain gear they recommend. Do as much research as you can before you break out the wallet.
You will have to decide if you want the gear that goes over the top of what you normally wear when you are out on the bike. Often it is colder when it is wetter so an extra layer could be a good idea. If you are on a budget you could just buy the riding outfit that is good for all weathers. That way you can head out on the bikes and it won’t matter if the rain clouds open up.
In comparison with the two piece style of rain gear the all in one has the benefit of not letting the wind get under your jacket and freeze you in the middle of your body. Sometimes the trousers will have braces/suspenders that keep them up higher for more rain protection. Another source of water ingress is at the neck. Make sure that there is a good seal there. Some products have a hood that you can wear inside the helmet and helps to alleviate this problem. A microfiber-lined collar with an adjustable Velcro closure will make it more comfortable too.
I have ridden many miles in the rain so I know which sort of gear I like to use. Which has been the most successful rain gear that you have used. Tell me in the comments below. Looking forward to hearing from you.