Riding in the rain can actually be fun, so long as you know what to expect and how to change your riding accordingly.
What exactly are those things that you should expect when riding in the rain, and how should your riding vary? Here are some tips:
Choose the right gear
A good waterproof rain suit (two-piece or one), gloves, boots, and perhaps an electric vest, can keep even the most persistent storm from soaking you, which is the first key to enjoying a day spent in the rain.
Another oft overlooked piece of the gear puzzle is the helmet.The nights are obviously longer during the winter, so chances are your commute will be in the dark—a clear shield is a must, as well.
Whatever combination of gear you end up with, make sure that it doesn’t intrude on your riding or distract you in any way.
Also, when stopped at a red light, check the rear-view mirror for cars that could slide into you from behind. Similarly, double your following distance so as not to be surprised by cars stopping suddenly in front of you.
Watch out for manhole covers and sealer pavement
Two things we’ve noticed that drastically reduce traction during wet weather are manhole covers and sealer pavement, which are both almost like black ice when it’s raining. When traveling in a straight line they pose less of a threat, but you should still be well aware ahead and looking out for either.
If and when you do encounter either of these traction inhibitors, check first if there is a line that you could easily take around them. If not, resist braking or accelerating hard and roll over them without making any aggressive inputs.
Note that in case you do have to change your line or turn over a greasy section, it’s important to keep your hands relaxed on the clip-ons and don’t lean the bike any more than necessary.
Find a dry line
Although this may seem obvious, it is amazing how many people we see riding in an area of the lane that is wet even though an adjacent area is dry. Dry pavement offers superior traction and maneuverability, so make sure you continually place yourself in the driest section of the lane.
Over time, and as you practice these riding tips, you will find that rain riding (and even touring) can actually be satisfying, not to mention make you a better and more confident rider.
Handful of tools
Keeping the current situation of Karachi in mind, one should always equip his bike with few tools i:e spark plug wrench, screwdriver, an empty bottle, few wrench that fits your nuts.
All these tools might come handy, when travelling through a wet terrain full of manholes and broken roads.