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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-15-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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As many know, we're getting quite the soaking here in CO. I live in Longmont but I was up in the Black Hills area when it really dumped and caused all the flooding.

When I left the Black Hills Fri morning to head home, about 50 miles later I started getting rained on. It continued for about 250 more then it really poured. Black walls of water ahead on I25 coming through WY.

Just after a sign that said ALL ROADS FROM WY TO CO CLOSED I managed to stop under the only over pass I believe was around. Started calling hotels in Cheyenne. Every one was full. Ended up getting one in Laramie - about 70 miles west of Cheyenne.

I have never riden, let alone drove a car in rain that bad. 350 miles worth. My wife in a car behind me (another long story) said she was hydro plaining some and my trailer behind the bike wasn't even leaving water trails. It was riding on top of the water. I stayed behind trucks and their tire trails so as to keep my tires on pavement.

All in all, I stayed dry with my Victory jacket and Tourmaster pants. The bike was flawless and awesome. I have the lower deflectors too so I know they helped a lot.

No bike would have done as good as my Vision did. What a machine!!

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Holy downpour Batman! What a story and what a ride. So glad you made it OK. As I have been saying, dress for the weather, not the ride.

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That's the best thing about pulling a trailer. I bring enough stuff for any conditions. I ride normally with a 3/4 helmet and haul a full faced for those nasty weather occasions too.

The gloves I carried for cold wet weather are my Marmot ski gloves. Holy crap are they good. When I stopped at the hotel I grabbed a finger with my teeth to pull one off and got a big mouth of water, like biting into a sponge. They were literally soaked yet my hands were warm and dry.

Same with my Shoei Neotec modular helmet. Soaked yet totally dry on the inside. I was amazed when I dressed down I was dry everywhere except a little dampness up my sleeves.

I would have been miserable had I not had good gear. The road conditions were down right scary.

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Good story Mike! +1 on the deflectors too. Been caught more than once on the way to work and caught a downpour. Them deflectors do their Job!

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After all the positive reviews I bought a Shoei Neotec. Its everything they say; comfortable, well vented and very quiet. Now I know it will keep my head dry too. Thanks for testing it Mike, you're a pal.

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You bet. I haven't used it since I bought the bike and used it to get the bike home. I have the internal fog lens in it too. I was extremely surprised how well it worked in the rain. When I stopped at the hotel, I lifted up the chin bar and I could hear water running down the outside of the helmet. Water was apparently in all the crevices and poured out when opened. What a seal it had.

I told my wife after we stopped (again I haven't used it in 9 months) that it was like putting on a Cadillac. It still smelled new too. Very nice indeed.

So quiet the bike speakers are almost useless so my Sena was the source of choice. It too worked flawlessly in all that flood creating rains.

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Oh, the saddle bags and front dash pocket were dry as can be too. I can't understate the rain I experienced. Nothing could keep it off but the bike kept me from getting splash back from the rigs ahead.

So much water fell that when I stood up water poured off my pants. A pool had collected in my lap. My outer Victory mesh jacket was soaked but the liner did its job. I wore a Victory sweat type of jacket under that.

Worth every Cent to be dry after 350 miles of soaking rain.

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Wow! What an adventure! I did one like that a few years ago on the Oregon Coast. Sounds like your gear worked better than mine...

Glad you made it safely and thanks for sharing!

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Thanks!! Greatly appreciated.

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Stage 1 w/D&D pipes + lots of Victory add ons. PC-V w/AT, Lloyd's intake, filter, ATS, & Variable Clutch.
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