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    Riding in a lightning storm?
    on: Jun 19, 2019, 02.47 am
    Jun 19, 2019, 02.47 am
    You can be struck by lightning and probably wont survive.  Rubber tires? Yeah that don/t mean sh#t.  Just be aware to seek shelter.  I ride out in areas where I may be the tallest thing around so its sobering.  Blew holes in his helmet and blew out the foam insulation in his helmet.  Beware boys....

    https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190610/helmet-offered-no-protection-for-motorcycle-driver-killed-after-lightning-strike-on-i-95-in-florida


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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #1 on: Jun 19, 2019, 10.55 am
    Jun 19, 2019, 10.55 am
    I saw this too Dave.  Really a tragedy.  In the recent past there was a man killed by a strike from a cell that was nine miles away. 

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #2 on: Jun 19, 2019, 11.58 am
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    Hey man. Yep we are at risk down here or anywhere flat.  New Mexico had two in the past as well

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #3 on: Jun 21, 2019, 07.52 am
    Jun 21, 2019, 07.52 am
    God Bless the shoulder in the underpass. No matter how dark it may be there in terms of whether the traffic will see you as they stream by, I have hung out there in many thunderstorms -- with or without a not unreasonably terrified pillion. Especially East Coast summer nights.

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #4 on: Jun 21, 2019, 12.59 pm
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    Yep I never stop but now I have second thoughts.  And an overpass is ideal

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #5 on: Jun 22, 2019, 01.36 am
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    It’s not without risks under the overpass — especially at night. So makes hi-viz or yellow really key to wear — I’ve even run the flashers if I’ve judged the driving visibility real bad — Smokey never ever stopped to complain we shouldn’t be under there.

    So it’s a judgment call — I’ve not done it unless it’s really sucky: buckets of water coming down and the road’s a lake; the whole road packs up and bogs down (Classic I-95); the sky immediately above and all around is spinach green and flashing bright —- one of those kinds of indicators.

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #6 on: Jun 22, 2019, 02.14 am
    Jun 22, 2019, 02.14 am
    Friday, you're braver than me!  I'll ride in the rain but it's short-lived.  On your I95 comment, Last year I rode up to Gainesville to see my daughters at school.  The storm was forming south to north as  I was riding.  Watching it in the rear view mirror.  Got 6 blocks away from the hotel and it opened up like a monsoon, then stuck at a red light that went out because of the storm.  Inches of water in the street in minutes.  Worst rain I would have driven in much less ride. Maybe I am a wimp. I look for the dryest, most comfortable place I can with anything more than a drizzle.  I just don't like getting wet under force. 

    Do you make it down this way?  I used to fish up in Manitowoc, by the way.  Just sold our second home which was North of Madison.   

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    Re: Riding in a lightning storm?
    Reply #7 on: Jun 22, 2019, 03.21 am
    Jun 22, 2019, 03.21 am
    Six blocks and then the monsoon? Ya, that sounds like a good time to find another hotel room!  :745:

    Don’t get to Ft Myers, no. But one of these days I will visit New Orleans, and once I’m leaving there I guess all it takes is a right turn.

     



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