Survival Guide: What to do with your EKS during rainfall?
Rain for EKS riders is the biggest pet peeve of all. If there’s one occasion that makes you anxious, it’s when the rain drops. Worse? Raining while you ride the scoot. Upon feeling the first droplet, panic starts to attack. You look for shelter and take cover. Wait for a couple of minutes then continue. Hassle isn’t it? If you have been riding for 6 months frequently, you should’ve have experienced this for once.
I know what you’re thinking, “Can I just scoot in the rain with my raincoat on?”. You see, just like all other electronics, your scooter is prone to short circuitry. We highly discourage any form of riding that involves rainfall. Scooters are now waterproof. While we’re still developing that innovation, you’ll have to adjust accordingly.
The consequence of going on wet roads.
If you are not experienced in doing maintenance, doing that habit will get your scooter busted really fast. It’s not just the bottom part that you have to protect but your throttle too. Throttles have more prone ingress points so your moving trajectory would let droplets go in easy.
Manufacturers are smart enough to build scooters to survive short rides but it isn’t designed to take on strong volumes of water. Most scooters have a rating of IP54 meaning, it can withstand extreme outdoor conditions. Since it can extreme outdoors, it can survive the waters right? Although IP54 provides that certain level of protection, it is limited only to a fair amount of water. It is enough to survive light rains and splashes not heavy torrential.
“Oh man, I thought I had everything but scooters suck on water. I guess I’ll quit EKS now. I need something to work for my daily needs”
HOLD YOUR HORSES! Just like all other options, there are pros and cons. Just because it rains doesn’t mean you’ll quit right? According to Climates to Travel , there are 143 rainy days annually in Manila. Since it’s the El Niño at the time of writing, rainy days are even less. 61% of the year is still composed of sunshine, even more during El Niño.
This 2019, the EKSPH community invented “cling-wrapping”
“Cling-wrapping” is a technique that EKS owners do to protect themselves from water. Basically, you wrap the parts prone to water ingress using a stretch film. This practice is very popular in the Philippines. In fact, there were even techniques on how to wrap properly! This is not fool-proof but should significantly protect your scoot during the rainfall.
For starters, if you can avoid scooting, please do. Since do not control the weather, all we have to do is to act accordingly. In order to prepare for the worse, here’s what we recommend:
Keep yourselves up-to-date with the weather forecast. It’s also a good way to stay updated with the other news. Accuweather is so far the most accurate we’ve tested. You can check out PAG-ASAs frequent reports on their Youtube channel .
A rider wearing a raincoat
If you are in a situation you’ll really attack the rain, best to bring a raincoat. Goggles would also help as droplets hit your eyes while cruising.
If you are on the way to an agenda, it is best to bring extra socks and pants if possible. I’ve personally experienced very soaky socks when I really had to ride in the rain. It helps to bring socks so you don’t feel wet on your feet
Mudguard protecting the rider from dirt.. resulting to this...
Nobody wants to experience “wet pwet” (wet butt). You can simply prevent this by equipping a wider mudguard. For others, they make DIY out of school supplies. Clever!
EKS user David A. uses a fragment of a liquid detergent container as mudguard
You’ll need these to wipe your scoot. If you use cloth, ensure you have brought an extra container to separate the wet cloth.
Due to the popularity of cling-wrapping, bringing a stretch film becomes essential. You’ll need this to wrap your deck and your throttle. Ensure you wrap the sides that contain potential ingress for water. Normally it takes 5 minutes to wrap (depending on how you do it) so keep that in mind you allot time for wrapping.
Suddenly, you get caught by rainfall during the ride. Ouch… so what to do if that happens?
Slow down and look for cover!
If you’re using a light scoot with solid tires, you better be extra careful. Solid tires are more slippery and making a turn could make you skid. Brakes tend to be weaker during rainfall and roads are more slippery. Just slow down and look for cover. Motorcycles are your best friends. If you see them stop in a corner, go with them. Equip yourself with a raincoat and let the rain weaken for a while. If you have a stretch film, wipe your deck first then wrap your scoot with it.
If you really have to go, just slow down. If you can equip yourself with a raincoat the better.
If you are completely stuck and have to urgently go, book through your ride-sharing service such as Grab. By the way, you can only book the car for yourself (and not through GrabShare) because drivers don’t allow the usage of trunks if GrabShare.
Rusted motor hub - from EKSPH
Let’s be clear. There is a difference between waterproof versus water-resistant. Waterproof means absolute protection against water while resistant means protection only at a certain volume. There are some attempts of a user who made an EKS waterproof. Given an expert who knows the nuts and bolts of an electric scooter, it is possible to waterproof. If you are making experiments, it can be dangerous as components could explode with the wrong action.
It is advised that if you are to waterproof your EKS, make sure you know everything per part. Better yet, let’s just wait for the day that there will be an EKS that is waterproof from the factory
Now that you are well-equipped with dealing with rain, we hope that you’ll act better when the time comes. While we wait for the day when a waterproof EKS will arrive, let's rely on these practices and protect our scooter with our own hands.