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post #1 of 49 Old 10-17-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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Coons aren't so bad...

Actually as long as you are upright going in a straight line,Rocky (Racoon) shouldnt be a problem.I have run over 3or 4 over the years....:mrgreen:

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Actually as long as you are upright going in a straight line,Rocky (Racoon) shouldnt be a problem.I have run over 3or 4 over the years....:mrgreen:
I'm reporting you to PETA as we speak.

I haven't and I don't want to test it either.
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I commute yr round and I can get to work on a nice twisty road or the highway. When it's dark I'll take the highway for the reasons you gave, otherwise it's the backroad.

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Im not too fond of night riding in the city but I have to say fire roads with some good offroad lights getting to a camp site would be pretty fun. Mainly highway riding is what I dislike at night, the massive gouges in the asphalt snaking across the lanes from accidents or whatever... yeah when you feel your front tire drop in that rut at 70mph and starts tracking you towards the other lane it's not fun on a 275-300lb bike...lol

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I prefer dark unlighted areas, hard for me to deal with glare from some roadside lighting

I do ride a slower pace at night, never beyond the range of my headlights.

Winter riding at night is my biggest concern, until I can afford some $$$ HID auxillary lights, my biggest peeve with the V-strom is the measly 400w alternator



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I'm reporting you to PETA as we speak.

I haven't and I don't want to test it either.
You should be able to ride over anything lower than the axle. Don't forget Rocky and his little bretheren will squish down when you hit them.

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Getting a SPOT for xmas. Saw it work live on a recent ride. Rider misread a turn and overshot into the opposite lane and hit another rider. Grim scene but nobody died. SPOT provided coordinates to emergency services. A big help in a remote area.

Deer are my principle worry at night; especially dusk and dawn.


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I like to ride at night during the summer because it is so much cooler. We rode through the TX panhandle at night this summer on our way to CO. Not only was it cooler, but the gusty 25+ winds were basically non-existent.

The bad part about riding at night for me is the bugs. The full face helmet and windshield are helpful, but I still don't like being pelted by them and having to wipe the guts off my helmet shield.

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