I rather eat glass then ride at night on secondary roads.
My business requires that I do a lot of back country road driving. The only light on the road is the ones that the vehicles supply. Until I bought my bike last month, I never paid any particular attention or differentiated bikes from cars or how it would be riding at night.
So what have I noticed at NIGHT the last month or so?
Unless bikes have really good lighting and very close, they look like a single point of light and there is NOTHING to indicate their speed or their distance. Some of you may not be aware of it, but the way you tell how fast someone is going at night is by the spread of the light to the surroundings building/vegetation. The light itself does NOT provide a speed reference.
Even if the bike has really good lighting, unless they are surrounded by objects that will reflect and indicate your speed, they still look like far away "point of light". The further away, the worse the problem. The closer the better...but how close does one to be to a turning car at night at 70 mph?
2....if you go off the road at night and crash, you will not leave a trace for anyone to help you. If a cars goes into a corn field, it's tall 5 foot high box that will cut a 6 foot wide swath, you will be a 2 foot wide corn row or narrow vegetation cut that no one will see thirty feet from the road.
3...Rocky Raccoon and friends partying at night may break my car spoiler andbe a really messy cleanup, but they will send a bike into the scramble and/or drop mode and/or disappearing act.
There may other reasons but THESE reasons have experienced and been in my face the last month or so. I bought the Strom to ride out to do field inspections but unless I know I will be out of the back roads before nightfall, I wont take the bike or the closest fleabag motel will supply a bed.
Last edited by Spartan; 10-17-2010 at 02:28 PM.