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Old 01-23-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Tips for Riding at night

So I'm gonna be riding at nighttime pretty soon, something I have been trying to avoid because it's so much different and more dangerous then riding in the day. I was wondering What are some good tips/things to do in order to ride at night?
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dont override your headlights... get HID's, take precautions etc...
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Highway or backroads?

oncoming traffic, keep your eyes focused on the line of the road to the right, use your peripheral to watch your lane as a car passes. It takes your eyes longer to readjust after focusing on light.

Make a car uncomfortable so they know you're there then ride with them utilising their lights also, stagger just behind them on the further side of your lane so you dont blind them in the side mirror but can still use their beam to light the road ahead of you.

Slow the fk down!!!!!!!!

wear reflective gear/stripes, I add more reflective tape to the back of my bikes because I do ride at night alot.

I dont run HIDs since I have seen them fail both low/highbeam and I can get halogens at any autostore any time of day/night. Plus I feel highbeams and HIDs are death for riders infront of you at night.
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Wear a clear visor
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+1 on clear visor

don't let your speed exceed your visibility. In other words, if you can see only 200 feet ahead of you, ride slow enough to where 199 feet is your complete stopping distance (reaction time + braking time). As always, watch out for cars turning left in front of you.
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What i do is always get in the habit of covering your horn AND high beam together and press them repeatedly. If a car's turn signal comes on (unlikely now a days) you're ready for them if they dont see you. Make it a habit where when you need it, its second nature to honk and flash, honk and flash. Repeat as necessary! Lol. NEVER ride in the blind spot. Be weary at on ramps and exits. That when someone always tries to change lanes quickly. If you're riding with the flow of cars, dont just stay in one position, move around a bit, make eye contact, MAKE SURE THEY KNOW YOU'RE THERE. That's not a guarantee, but it helps your odds. Always be conscious of an escape route in case someone cuts you off or comes over on you.
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Btw if you decide to ride tonight, post up i might go out for a quick turn around the corner.
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So I'm gonna be riding at nighttime pretty soon, something I have been trying to avoid because it's so much different and more dangerous then riding in the day. I was wondering What are some good tips/things to do in order to ride at night?
Dont do it.... its too Dangerous!

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remember deer are out more at night

and the coppers hide better too...so just control your speed
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Leave your sparky knee pucks at home. Wear your hi vis yellow aerostitch. Clear visor or possibly high contrast visor or glasses. Deer are more prevalent at night, especially around full moon times, and they do stupider things in rut and hunting season, dew can set at night and catch you out, back your pace down a bit and always focus on what you are doing and don't allow yourself to become distracted by lights, reflections, etc.
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Just came back from a night ride from Galveston to SW/WestChase to Downtown and then back to Galveston..about 120mi round trip for dinner and a car meet

The suggestions here are great, especially the clear visor (being forced to use a tinted visor at night really sucks). Get HIDs...they make a HUGE difference depending on the type of headlights you have..they go for about $50 and you can do both beams for about $70. I like my HIDs high to the point where it's in people's side mirrors and face...the way I see it, I'd rather them see me than for them NOT to see me. I find that people tend to gtfo of my way at night which is a good thing. Also, as mentioned, be careful not to over-ride your beams. Something NOT mentioned: consider LEDs for your turn signals/brakes or even for your bike. Whatever you can do to make yourself more visible helps.

There's nothing to fear about night riding...when I 1st started riding, most of my riding was at night and that's how I learned so quickly
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:36 PM   #13
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slow down - a person has about 80 percent vision at night compared to daylight.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:32 PM   #14
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I was thinking about putting on one of those orange construction vest just for visibility. I know it seems kinda dorky but, safety is first in my book. Now I just gotta look out for the random debris that appears to plague the freeway on the east side
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Have your ipod headphones in and dance around on your bike while weaving in and out of traffic. Everyone notices you
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get one of these http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DN%26um%3D1
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it is a reflective armband with an led backlight. it can flash or stay on.
i havent had any close calls in traffic since making this part of my everyday gear.
i also have reflective stickers all over my helmet, so not seeing me is tough.

you want a nice clear visor. hjc has an amber visor that is supposed to be good, but i dont know. make sure your headlight is properly adjusted... watch out for anything and everything at all times... dont relax...
thats about it.
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lots of reflective stripes or gear.

extra running lights.

know where you are going (or slow down even more than what you thinks is a "safe " level if on an unknown road.

as others have said dont outrun your headlight.

carry a minimal toolset at all times.

carry a dollar in quarters at all times (never know when the bike will conk out, your cellphone is dead, and you need to make a call (when you get to a phone..if you find one)

i get irritated by lights in the rearview mirrors. with todays HID blinding the outta me i now use 2 seperate styles of bar end mirrors... strategically placed so that i have no blind spots, yet the headlights are never giving my pupils a workout.

looks goofy as , but as they say form follows function. heh..in my case you can say "it adds character"

oh yeah...keep constant focust to 12 seconds or more ahead on the road. looking at only the headlight path reduces some night vision. dont let it be a tunnel vision surprise, the the view out a bit.
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thats supposed be (keep) the view out a bit. phone.
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don't ride along in traffic. use your power to stay ahead of the pack
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