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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Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense website (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle), and many other re-sellers. Andrew just launched his latest product, the LOSD Instructor Program, designed for gun safety, marksmanship and tactical strategy instructors. Be an elite member of the self defense community, understanding your state's self defense laws to a depth even lawyers rarely achieve. Check it out here.   Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country. Click here to find a live seminar covering your state's self-defense laws.   Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses. These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Class Andrew gives all around the country. Click here to find an online course for your state. These online classes are priced at $249/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

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