So i went for my first really wet; torrential rain, standing and running water and roads like a ice rink having had no run off for at least 2 months
Some aspects of riding i am increasingly more comfortable with; position for visibility, avoiding hazards / changes in surfaces, increased braking distance etc
Questions about going in to corners in really wet weather as i think i am over cautious
How do you know how secure your tires are with grip. I constantly worry they are going to go out from under me
Do you ride brakes in to corner to load front fork before entering?
I am off to car park to practice cornering in the rain
All my gear leaks which is super annoying
There's no reason to be trying to figure out how much grip your bike has in the rain in a car park...
Smooth is an absolute requirement, absolutely no extra inputs mid corner (even slight throttle deviations are no-no's). I'm far from an expert, but have ridden on tracks in the rain as well as a TORRENTIAL down pour at Laguna Seca.
Long story short, if your really really smooth, you'll feel the rear and front alternating slipping SLIGHTLY all the way through the corner. The amazing thing is how much grip the bike will have when completely upright, braking and accelerating will be way better than you can imagine (provided you have decent tires).
Key is to learn in an area that you can not possibly hit anything and allow you to corner at speeds of 40-60mph in the rain. A bike that is not your pride and joy is a benefit too.
Rain riding is all about smoothness and confidence. Just practice practice practice.