Any Tips for Keeping Dry on a Scooter?

by Ron Goldwyn
(Milford, CT, USA)

If it should start to rain while out riding on your scooter how do you keep your body dry, and how do you keep your legs dry?

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Nov 05, 2015
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Mar 11, 2011
from a fair-weather rider...
by: Rick Rudge

Hi Ron,

There is pretty cheap rain gear available that you can keep under your seat that you can put on if it rains. Like Eric said, Frogg Toggs are pretty popular, but there are even cheaper ones out there. There's also riding gear that is very water-resistant. Some people bring a change of clothes once they get to their destination.

Also there is RainX for your helmet's shield so that the rain can bead up easily. I live in Portland, Oregon, so rainy riding is a reality that I've been slow to embrace. :-) Best of luck with your riding.


Sep 20, 2009
Riding in the rain. Is it worth it?
by: Artist Bob

Umbrellas are out. I saw a photo once of a rider with his raincoat on backwards to keep rain from being blown in through the front where it would buttoned up. Motorcycle/scooter rainwear is available on the net. But you are going to get wet. It is just water. Miserable water, but just water. You can always dry off when you arrive at your destination.

What is critical is that you don't get killed out there in the mayhem of auto drivers who can't see you at all. Scooters are fair weather vehicles. There are oily spots, slick wet manhole covers. Mud on your windscreen and in your face.

Rule No.1- Get off the road until it clears. Go into a coffee shop, Wait it out. Anything else is Russian Roulette.

Rule No.2- See Rule No.1. smile

Aug 02, 2009
My Experience
by: Ron Goldwyn

Well on Friday, coming home from my Doctor, I got caught in a rainstorm that in the northern part of town caused trees to topple like in a tornado, which some residents feel actually happened.

In my case, I pulled under a gas station's fuel pump cover and put on my poncho, I even planned ahead and installed two clips that attached to the bottom hem of the poncho and the other end to each of my pant legs. This kept the poncho from flying up as I traveled. May I suggest using a set of clips that moms use to keep their kids gloves or mittens to the coat sleeves. I don't suppose women have girdle stocking clips any longer? as they would also work.

While my Scooter has a windscreen, the rain was so heavy that one could not see through it. What I needed was windshield wipers for my Rx eyeglasses.

Getting wet was not a problem as I was a bluewater sailor, but seeing ahead was.

Thirty years ago I was on the NJ turnpike when fog set in and I was lucky to see 50 feet in front of me. I was driving so that my car straddled the white line between lanes, when I spotted a pair of red lights in front of me. I decided to stay closely behind him and did so for about one hour, when suddenly the car in front comes to a sudden stop and I slightly bumped into the rear of that car. I quickly got out and yelled to the other driver - Why did you stop like that? He said - Why not, I'm in my own garage !!! (:>0)))

Jul 25, 2009
Rain Suit?
by: Kathi

Hey Ron, I haven't actually ridden much in the rain as I live in a mostly dry climate, but for hiking I have a goretex type rain suit (jacket and elastic legged pants) that might work well. I got it on sale at Sport Authority a few years ago for a very reasonable price.

What's great about it is that both jacket and pants stuff into their own pockets and are extremely compact once stuffed. They would take up a bit of room in your trunk, but not that much. Just a thought...

Jul 25, 2009
Reply to Eric
by: Ron Goldwyn

First thank-you. Your suggestion sounds like foul weather gear that I wore while sailing under less than ideal conditions, but to stow them away when not needed sounds like using up a lot of cargo space. I was told that in the far East where there are many more scooters, folks have some sort of heavy blanket that stays in place over your legs while seated. I wear a thin poncho which is fine for my body, but wind blows the lower end away from my legs.Maybe I should add a Velcro garter strap around my ankles that go to the end of the poncho.RSVP

Jul 23, 2009
Frogg toggs rule
by: Eric Ryan

I bought a pair of Frogg Togg Road Toads, and they've kept me dry in the two storms I was caught in. They run about $59 in Dick's Sporting goods, but I found a pair at $49 (last year's price) so it's worth digging to see if any bargains are still around.

They do not come with good instructions. There are elastic cords with black adjusters that you need to tighten on the hood and for the neck area or you will get water seeping in there (you must wear the hood beneath your helmet to stay totally dry. Adjust these 4 cords tightly, and you'll stay perfectly dry...very nice.

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