Only rain was 8 miles from home on the m57....... Xt way better in side winds than the vstrom felt way safer. Bottom line was I loved it - comfy torquey fun better handling than my strom just too quiet. Needs a new pipe to clear its lungs. Ordered bits to install an aux fuse box to run hot grips nav spots etc. Grips especially cold hands today on the 2 odd hour run back from Notts.Welcome along - let's hope you get a weather window!