This coming Monday I will begin commuting 20km each way to work on my LX 150 and I really need some advice. The entire ride will be on streets where the posted speed limit is from 30 kph to 70 kph (roughly 20 mph to 40 mph).
I work in an office and must wear a suit.
Here's my plan so far.
If it's not raining, no problem. My suit jacket fits in the Vespa OEM top case. I plan to get a bungee net tomorrow and use it to secure my laptop shoulder bag to the back seat.
I'll be wearing a Corazzo 5.0 armored jacket over a shirt and tie, a Nolan N102 full face convertible (flip-up) helmet, leather gloves, my suit pants and dress shoes.
I'll be parking the scooter during the work day in a secure underground parking garage.
When I get to the office, I'll put on my suit jacket and stow the Corazzo in the top case. I checked and it just fits. I'll either hang the helmet on the bag hook and lock it to the bike with a sturdy cable using the loop under the floorboard, or bring it up to the office.
The part I haven't figured out is what to do for rain.
Tomorrow I am going to buy a rain suit that I will keep in the pet carrier at all times. When it rains, I'll wear the rain suit over the Corazzo.
For the laptop bag, I plan to find a rain cover, most likely at a travel or camping store.
What I am wondering is, what my strategy should be when I get into the garage at the office, dry underneath, but all wet on top?
I'm thinking that a shammy or ShamWow would be good to remove most of the water from the rain suit (at least the parts I can reach).
Once I've done that, the alternatives I see are, in descending order of stupidity:
1) I could stow the damp rain suit in the pet carrier. Too dumb to even consider.
2) I could drape the rain suit over the scooter to dry out during the day but it would be vulnerable to theft.
3) I have a scooter cover that I could put on over the top to hide the rain suit draped over the scooter, but that would prevent drying as well, and might still not deter theft.
4) I could thread the security cable through an arm of the rain suit jacket and a leg of the pants and then drape it over the scooter to dry;
5) I could Leave the rain suit on until I get up to the office and take it off there. There is a large semi-open area (think closet but no door) for winter coats where there is plenty of room. The major inconvenience would be me dripping wet, schlepping the computer bag, potentially the helmet as well, and carrying my suit jacket awkwardly at arms' length to avoid getting it all wet, and waddling my way up to my office like a duck. The prospect of the elevator ride in that get-up is not enticing. I'm thinking a combination of Mr. Bean and Barney Fife.
Any thoughts, however helpful, or humorous, will be very much appreciated.