Quote: ... i doubt i would take off into 'unchartered' territory in the rain.
A good rule of thumb is to pretend you don't have any brakes (increases reaction time) and a really slow throttle. (A good wack on the throttle and you'll know why a slow throttle is good). Stay away from puddles as how deep are they really? Stay in the fast lane as the outside lanes hold water. And yes those painted lines, rr tracks, and steel surfaces are as slick as a gnats rear end. Beware of cages splashing you too. Other than that 'unchartered' territory is easy peasy.
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