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Old 10-05-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Question shorter days: riding at dusk and evening?

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I am just back from a post work ride. The stress reduction is huge, and I had a blast and the weather is grand. Shorter days are coming with the approach of winter, and end of daylight savings. Soon when I get home it will be dusk to dark. The question: how many of you still ride when it is dusk to dark? Or do you park the bike and only ride on weekends? This is a safety issue, no doubt, as visibility drops enormously in the dark.

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Old 10-05-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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I Do... I get off late on my job. which reminds me, I do need to get HIDs soon!
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:19 PM   #4
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When it comes to my R1, I rarely ride it at night......pretty much a weekend warrior. The Goldwing on the other hand, I do like taking it out at night around 10pm and making a run from Hwy 6 down Memorial to downtown. Both of my bikes are for recreation. Sure, I might ride them to work from time to time, but for the most part they are for recreation and not for commuting.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:37 PM   #7
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I actually prefer the night riding myself. I'm pretty visible. My helmet has LED's around the base and I am working on putting some running RGB LED's on the bike for even more visibility.

Roads are more empty and fun at night. Just watch out for animals on the road if you are in the outskirts.
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May I ask what is a HID? I have seen bikes with LED running lights, that makes sense. Perhaps I can extend my hours, yet road conditions and critters on the road bother me as a risk.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:07 AM   #9
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May I ask what is a HID? I have seen bikes with LED running lights, that makes sense. Perhaps I can extend my hours, yet road conditions and critters on the road bother me as a risk.
HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. They are the bluish tinted lights that me off just as much as the idiots running their brights. If you can't see stay off the road.

Depending on the officer that pulls you over you can be sited for having your brights on or too bright of lights.

That being said I appear to be in a minority here in Texas. As there are many people who think that running around "high beamin'" is not only acceptable, but advisable. Just remember that when Aunt Edna puts her hand between your light and her eyes you have just become invisible in reality and not just in practice.

As for your original question; it doesn't matter to me whether its day or night. I will take the bike if I am traveling and don't need to carry much. The only thing that concerns me at night is the higher numbers of drunks on the road late at night.

Good luck and ride safely.
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HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. They are the bluish tinted lights that me off just as much as the idiots running their brights. If you can't see stay off the road.

Depending on the officer that pulls you over you can be sited for having your brights on or too bright of lights.

That being said I appear to be in a minority here in Texas. As there are many people who think that running around "high beamin'" is not only acceptable, but advisable. Just remember that when Aunt Edna puts her hand between your light and her eyes you have just become invisible in reality and not just in practice.

As for your original question; it doesn't matter to me whether its day or night. I will take the bike if I am traveling and don't need to carry much. The only thing that concerns me at night is the higher numbers of drunks on the road late at night.

Good luck and ride safely.
Right on that one.
I rarely use the high beams at nite.

And right about the number of drunks out late at nite too.
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They are the bluish tinted lights that me off just as much as the idiots running their brights. If you can't see stay off the road.

Depending on the officer that pulls you over you can be sited for having your brights on or too bright of lights.
They are not ONLY blue tinted. I have a 4500k bulb and it is pure hyper white, none of that blue ish.

After 5000k it begins to have a bluish tint. If you do plan on getting some HID bulbs, remember that the higher the temperature is the lower the light output will be.

HID lighting is awesome, and very smart if you ask me. It increases your light output and you can see almost 10x better at night when compared to Halogen bulbs.

The people that are gonna you off, are the people that dont use HID's correctly. These are the people running a 55 watt ballast, when all you need is a 35 watt ballast to get the job done. Some bikes actually require the 55 watt ballast, ok cool not a problem, but what people forget about doing is re-positioning the headlight so that you dont blind traffic/people in front of you.

Many cars on the road have HID's, but the majority of them have not adjusted their headlights. They keep their headlights at the same angle that the factory set them at, this is bad. This is what causes people to become irritated - at the factory headlight height, an HID bulb will be emitting a higher light output, so the beamspread will be greater than the OEM halogen bulb, this is why you cant see at night when your blinded by that little Honda civic behind you.

It's even worse when these people install them into lifted trucks, especially F250's.

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i ride year round to work. 40 miles a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year = 10,400 miles. if i drive my taco (20mpg), thats 520 gallons of gas. if i ride my 250 (50mpg), thats 208 gallons of gas. 312 gallons of gas savings = about $1000 saved a year. actual savings might be around $750 after insurance, registration, inspection and the fact i drive my truck once in a while, plus holidays.

i may need to pick up that h4 hid kit from josh
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i ride year round to work. 40 miles a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year = 10,400 miles. if i drive my taco (20mpg), thats 520 gallons of gas. if i ride my 250 (50mpg), thats 208 gallons of gas. 312 gallons of gas savings = about $1000 saved a year. actual savings might be around $750 after insurance, registration, inspection and the fact i drive my truck once in a while, plus holidays.

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HID = high intensity discharge. it melts off panties.

like josh mentioned, legit HID light systems require a ballast (fancy box). they make light by making an electrical arc (electricity jumps over a gap), unlike regular halogen filament type bulbs, which heat up a coiled up wire with electricity and make it super hot so it glows and gives off light.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-in...discharge_lamp

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i ride year round to work. 40 miles a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year = 10,400 miles. if i drive my taco (20mpg), thats 520 gallons of gas. if i ride my 250 (50mpg), thats 208 gallons of gas. 312 gallons of gas savings = about $1000 saved a year. actual savings might be around $750 after insurance, registration, inspection and the fact i drive my truck once in a while, plus holidays.

i may need to pick up that h4 hid kit from josh
But, you change tires every 5 -8K miles where as on the truck at 5K miles, you only need an oil change. I guess, from a cost factor point, it is all the same. Just my 2 cents
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true, but my bike tire changes are about 1/4 the cost of my tacoma

bt45 ~under $200 for a front and rear installed/balanced by me. (i wont do other ppl's bikes, becuase i dont want to mess up the rim and what not).

bfg all terrain ta ko ~$800 for a set of 4 installed.

i consider basic maintenance like oil+filter changes, chain lube and tires is a wash.
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a $15 high viz mesh vest such as the one's made by wolveriene works wonders as far as visibility is concerned. I consider this mandatory gear for commuting on the beltway.

Also, it really sucks to have only a smoke visor and need to ride home at night.
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I hate people that ride with their brights on too. If they are behind me I can't see anything else back there and can't easily tell how close they are. And I hate the HID lights too. Maybe it is just the way people have them aimed but blinding me isn't necessarily going to keep you safe.

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Depends on what tires he's running. You don't need to change touring tires like you do soft sport tires. I read everyday, light or dark and people always say to me that I must be saving a ton of money on gas. Typically I'll say yet to them and not going into the cost of tires and chains or that my bike doesn't get that great of mileage.
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i've been thinking about selling my cbr600rr whcih i just got a month or two ago. sumbitch is expensive to keep up with full coverage insurance and premium fuel. it isn't a good daily riding bike compared to my ninja 250. i dont do tracks, so it seems pretty wasteful/useless for me.
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