The shadow knows.... - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 05-24-2011, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
KOG
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Allentown PA
Posts: 51
The shadow knows....

I've been mostly lurking around here for 3 years since I got my K7 DL650, sucking in a wealth of information. Every spring there's a bunch of posts reporting accidents, and the newspapers telling similar tales. I've come to believe that there are a bunch of genuinely good people that frequent this forum, so I thought I should start giving back with a tip that might just save someone someday.
In WV, on our way home from a 2-up camping trip from PA to the dragon, my wife and I were approached at a gas station by a man that saw our PA plate and struck up a conversation. He told us that he used to ride but gave it up after an accident. He shared this tip: YOUR SHADOW KNOWS. Your shadow tells you from where to expect trouble. When riding, and you see your shadow out in front of you (or somewhat left or right), it means that the sun is low in the sky and your shadow points exactly to the spot where someone would be blinded by the light. I can't say that I've ever heard of this tip put this way on any forum, in the MSF course, or anywhere else.
KOG is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 12:02 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
bureaucrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Greeley, CO
Posts: 988
Something to think about for sure. Also used by fighter pilots to their advantage, I've heard!

The frightening thing is not dying
The frightening thing is not living

[I]T Bone Burnett[/I]
bureaucrat is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 12:28 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
BillZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Danville, KY
Posts: 707
Garage
Excellent tip that I am glad to have in my arsenal of awareness. Thanx

"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
DL650AL
LIMNCS #51
Shiro Nakama Shichi #007 :beatnik:
BillZ is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 12:42 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
BCSTROM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: *
Posts: 707
great tip!
BCSTROM is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 01:30 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
honest bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Courtice ontario canada
Posts: 1,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by bureaucrat View Post
Something to think about for sure. Also used by fighter pilots to their advantage, I've heard!
I'm thinking if you are a fighter pilot and you are in your plane, and you can see a shadow, you are definitely in the trouble zone Sorry, could not resist, my bad.

ADVENTURE, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
The destination, can be the journey! Honest Bob
honest bob is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 01:41 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
PTRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Posts: 7,437
Quote:
Your shadow tells you from where to expect trouble. When riding, and you see your shadow out in front of you (or somewhat left or right), it means that the sun is low in the sky and your shadow points exactly to the spot where someone would be blinded by the light.
Thanks for passing along a great tip....

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

Marcus Tullius Cicero
44 B.C.
PTRider is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Dino M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 969
Thanks for the tip. I've used the opposite when fishing (don't let your shadow hit where your going to cast) but never thought to apply it to motorcycling. Good idea.
Dino M is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 02:12 PM
$tromtrooper
 
LordSmoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 2,378
I have pondered that myself. If I can see my shadow, it usually means I have no problem seeing oncoming traffic. It was a bit of a revelation when I realized the opposite must be true for them. And vice versa. Good post.

1985 Honda CB450SC (AUG04 - SEP09)
2004 Honda CN250 Helix (NOV09 - )
2006 Suzuki DL650 (MAR07 - APR15)
2014 BMW R1200GSW (APR14 - )
Lordsmoke, still refusing to obey the voices!
LordSmoke is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 02:29 PM
Living the Stereotype
 
Stromin'Nroman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Posts: 11,543
Thanks fo the tip, I usually try to be aware of when I might be obscured by glare, this is another handy reminder.

Was the "Dragon" a worthy destination?

Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.

Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA

DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP

"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Stromin'Nroman is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-25-2011, 02:42 PM
Yak
Stromthusiast!
 
Yak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kamloops, BC
Posts: 485
I commute east in the morning and west in the afternoon. Spring and fall when the sun is low at those times is the worst. Not only can the approaching traffic not see you very well, you can't see any traffic coming up on your 'six'.

DL650A K7
Yak is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome