Like many of the employees here at MotorcycleCloseouts, I frequently ride to work. Unlike any other employee, I don’t have a choice; a motorcycle is currently my sole form of transportation. And unlike more fortunate areas of this country, Kansas City does not have consistently ideal motorcycling weather. Not only can it be unfriendly to riders in the KC area, it can be unpredictable.
Take the other day, for example: I checked the weather that morning, before heading out the door for work. The weatherman said only a slight chance of rain. So, I thought, “I’ll rock the Kevlar jeans and mesh jacket, thanks!”
Of course, it started pouring around noon and had not let up by the time I was getting ready to leave work for the day. I had a rain suit at home, but that was forty miles away. Faced with the prospect of a long, miserable ride, I opted to purchase a set of the Fly 2-Piece Rain Suit in Hi-Viz we had in stock at the retail store. I was a bit apprehensive, as it was not a rain suit brand I had tried before. I was about to quite metaphorically, put it through the wringer.
Forty miles later, I could pour out my shoes, wring out my gloves, and I found a puddle in my backpack. However, my clothes did stay dry! The Fly rain suit performed flawlessly, even at highway speeds and in rush hour traffic. The rain came down so hard at times that it seemed to come up from the ground. Then, there was the spray from other cars and trucks. No matter which direction the water came at me, the Fly rain suit resisted its assault.
There are two lessons to take from this:
First, the Fly 2-Piece Rain Suit in Hi-Viz is a great buy that performs well and stands up to the test.
Second, if you intend on riding, be prepared. Either invest in waterproof gear, or invest in a rain suit that you can keep with you or on your bike for any venture away from home, no matter what the forecast. Besides, if you throw the rain suit in a backpack or saddlebag, it probably won’t rain. That’s the way it works.
*(NOTE: Washing your bike has also been known to jinx the weather.)