Amen to that. Once my a$$ is wet, I'm done riding. Funny thing.....when I lived in the UK, I never owned a set of rain gear. I rode in my leathers, always. Either two piece or one piece. Except for a short time after I transferred from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Croughton.Soggy undercrackers do not make for happy riding!
I made a habit of riding to work in my leathers and changing into my uniform once I got there. I'd arrive 45 minutes before my shift so I had plenty of time to get changed.
Then, the shop at Upper Heyford shut down, and the remaining people transferred to Croughton. One guy, he was dead set against motorcycling. Hated riders and made life difficult every chance he could. He found out what I was doing and ordered me to show up in uniform from then on.
The next morning it was tipping down like crazy. I put on my gortex parka over my uniform and rode in. Turns out, goretex doesn't keep out the rain at 100 mph. I was soaked through to the skin when I got there. I told the guy I was going back to the barracks to change into dry clothes and I'd be back as soon as I could make that happen.
At that point, our civilian supervisor whom I'd been working for since I'd been there asked why I didn't have my uniform in my locker like normal. So in front of this guy, I explained that I was ordered to be in uniform when I arrived and departed. He asked who ordered that, and that it was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard. I just pointed.
He told me to take one of the other guys, and the shop truck to go get changed and while I was at it, grab my riding gear and leave my dry uniform in my locker like I'd been doing. As I left, the NCO who'd told me to arrive in uniform started to protest and my boss said to me, "close the door on your way out"
There were some raised voices after and I kinda giggled all the way out to the parking lot. After I got back with my gear and in a dry uniform, I found out my boss told that guy to go finish processing out of the base and get out of there.
Needless to say, I went back to riding to work in my leathers. I didn't even own a car then. Well, not true. I did, but it was in US. These days, I just don't ride if it's raining out. I have a couple cars to choose from so no more of that.....sean