I've been riding for a couple of months. Took the safety course and got my license in April of this year. Since then, I've been out riding around town and practicing curves.
My husband and I decided to take a short ride to the store. He rides a Harley. I ride a Honda. He said it was too hot to wear his protective jacket. I was already sweating from the heat before we talked about the store. So, I thought I'd be adventurous and leave my jacket at home too. As always, we wore our helmets.
At first, my main worry was having my shirt fly up and flashing on-coming traffic. The wind did move my shirt around. The air felt good. We made it to the store fine. My shirt had stayed in place. I really enjoyed how easy it was to use my blinker without my gloves.
On our way home, we noticed cars in the opposite lane with their windshield wipers on. I started to panic. Looking ahead, there was a downpour. I have never been on my bike in the rain. What if I slipped? Then I remembered that I did not have my protective jacket on. I prayed earnestly and kept going. My husband and I have a communication system in our helmets. He said just drive straight through the rain.
We got home and dried off our bikes in the garage. I promptly changed clothes. What a ride! I know most seasoned riders don't bat an eye at rain. For me, it was terrifying. Making it through that fear makes me want to ride more. (Just not in the rain.)