Law of Self Defense Road Trip: Riding in the Rain

Hey folks,
Well, I’m getting ready to leave the Quantico VA area and head down to Raleigh, NC, where tomorrow I give a talk on self-defense law at Campbell University (details below, for those who wish to join me).

Sadly, yesterday’s beautiful weather is gone, and I awoke to overcast skies and light rain.  Everything’s wet.



Further, it seems the weather gods have conspired to keep my entire route of travel covered in rain today, as you can see by the weather map posted above as the “featured picture.”  All that green stuff? Yeah, that’s rain.

For those fearing that riding a motorcycle in the rain is akin to suicide, worry not.  Motorcycles have about 80% of the traction in the wet as they do in the dry (manhole covers, oil drippings, and such aside).  So, one need be a bit more careful about the riding surface and a bit more conservative in terms of use of available traction, but otherwise it’s not a big deal.  Having ridden once for 18 hours in a continuous “frog choker,” I’ve long since learned how to equip myself to stay warm, dry, and safe in rainy riding.

It’s currently only 42 here in VA, so Gerbing weather for sure, but fortunately temps should be approaching 60F when I arrive in Raleigh noonish.

OK, time to load up the bike in the wet. More later.


Campbell Law School is NOT co-located with Campbell University. The law school is located in downtown Raleigh, at 225 Hillsborough Street #303, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Non-students are free to attend my talk at Noon (it runs to 1PM or so).  It’s free.  Simply follow the instructions below:

It’s being held in Room 105, which is on the first floor of the law school. Guests should use the entrance on the east side of the building and check in with security. Room 105 is down the hallway to the left of the elevators. There is a public parking deck south of the law school.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

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