Hey guys, long time no see.
I am still riding, believe it or not. I intended to sell my bike and had an accident before I could sell it, so now that it is fixed up (and in better condition than I bought it in) I can finally sell it! Should be sold on Saturday. I have a general riding question though, as I do plan on owning a bike when I move to Japan and would like to know for the future.
About my accident by the way... well, it sucked. Basically I was at an intersection and as I was coming to a stop (slowly, using the rear brake) someone rear ended me and I fell. I was fine except for a few scratches. To my great annoyance, while I was down, the car kept accelerating (very slowly) and pushing my bike along the pavement. He was watching TV and didn't really clue into what was going on. When I banged on his hood and realized what happened, he started beeping and swearing at me while I was picking up the bike. If I knew where he lived he wouldn't have a windshield or not-slashed tires anymore, although his kind of behaviour is the norm unfortunately.
The fairings were broken on one side as was the blinker, the rear brake pedal was bent into the frame and the rear view mirror was busted. I barely got it home without dropping it again, actually.
Anyway, all fixed up now.
My question is about riding in the rain. I generally avoid it but the other night I was at a friend's house in a different city and decided to head home a few hours after a light drizzle. The pavement was only a little bit wet and you could only tell by looking at the colour. It was a bit darker than usual. I didn't even notice until I was already on my way.
On sharp turns my rear wheel slid quite a bit. It made me extremely nervous considering how bad that trip is under normal conditions (downtown traffic, a freeway with a minimum speed of 70mph, tunnels, having to use off-ramps, etc.)
On the way home I had to swerve because there was a car heading the wrong way in my lane. It was a low speed swerve but the rear wheel completely lost grip and the only reason the bike didn't drop is because I had my foot down.
Is it like this for anyone else? Is my bike too light or is it my tires? I'll be selling it on Saturday but I think the outcome of this post will help me decide my next bike. I would like a bike that can handle riding in the rain (and I'll get something bigger than a 125cc this time, haha).