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Old 10-24-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Night riding?

I work part-time at a gun store. Here in AZ it's damn near dark this time of year a 6pm, definitely dark at 7pm. I don't like riding at night, I admit; because I think all the bad/inattentive stuff cagers do during the day are magnified at night; not to mention that they may be even more "impaired" for whatever reason.

I'd like to know (from those of you who do it a lot) what your suggestions might be re: how to survive this situation? I have many years of riding under my belt; but as I write this, I realize that very few of them were riding at night.

Thanks for your input:
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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I just hammer down and hope for the best. Traffic isn't much different. If anything better because your lights are more visible.

Deer, on the other hand...

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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Same as the Daylight except you need to be hyper-vigilant for animals. (2 and 4 legged ones)

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:56 PM   #4
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Nocturnal animals will give ya a fright when they're just standing there on the side of the road; with my luck I'll be cruising the roads through the bayou and a friggen alligator will attempt to cross the road and I hit it. I leave the office at midnight and sometimes I just go for a ride instead of heading home. I'll end up in New Orleans or Mobile by the secondary roads and it's drunks and critters I look out for. I find that the roads are kind of empty the later it gets and I like that; you can really see the texters and phone users by the glow of the phone, easier to avoid them at night.

I noticed that I speed more during the daylight hours and I tend to keep the speed down to the actual speed limit at night. The cops have nothing better to do and you're a prime target for speed checks, at least where I live. I already got pulled over once this year and was let go with a warning. You'll get hyper-aware when riding at night, you'll get used it but don't let your guard down.

You really want to pucker up? Ride at night during a rain storm with a cross wind.

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Old 10-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #5
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I noticed that I speed more during the daylight hours and I tend to keep the speed down to the actual speed limit at night.

You really want to pucker up? Ride at night during a rain storm with a cross wind.


At night I slow down and don't out run my lights. For critters it seems the most active times are just before and after dawn or dusk.

My last encounter with a deer (doe) I didn't see her until she had moved, she was already on the fog line on the other side of a two lane highway. She turned sideways and started crossing the road slowly with her nose about 2 feet above the highway moving sideways back and forth with her ears pinned back. She apparently smelled a predator and was following a scent trail -or her fawn. I knew she could see me with my high beams on and I started hitting the brakes pretty hard. She kept coming with her nose still only two feet above the road. I ended up on the other side of my fog line and had the front brakes on so hard I almost lifted the rear tire. When I finally stopped she was about 3 feet from me - I could have reached out and slapped her. THEN she bolted back across the road. Deer are always unpredictable at best. A week later some other rider tagged her a mile away from where I encountered her. Deer sometimes just don't stop - or they bolt when you get close to them. Mixed bag those are...

Rain slows me down even further, plus you can't tell how deep those potholes are when they're filled with water. Those will get your attention in a hurry.

If I have two hours or so riding into the sunrise or sunset - I'll wait for either the sun to come up or go down and then hop on the bike and ride. Having that much glare into "everyone's" eyes makes riding simply dangerous in my opinion.

Adding a pair of high power LEDs tied into my high beam really helps at night.

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Old 10-26-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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Spring for the SOLAS Tape. It's super bright from every angle. I got it off ebay fairly cheap.







That was just a 2 inch strip angled down on my jesse bags.

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Old 10-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #7
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Thanks for the SOLAS tape tip. A roll of that stuff is under 10 bucks and as I ride to work before dawn most days and enjoy night riding this is getting ordered today.

**edit**Ordering in strips that is. I misread the pricing....it is NOT $10/roll!!! A twelve foot length is $16 bucks...although priceless for additional visibility in low light/dark.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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You really want to pucker up? Ride at night during a rain storm with a cross wind.
I had this experience earlier this week and did not enjoy it at all. It was windy all afternoon (~30mph sustained with gusts up to 50). But on my way home from a friends house after dark it threw rain into the mix. I didn't enjoy it one bit (Only about a week of riding experience so far). But I slowed down and took my time and made it back wet but safe.

I think everyone else has already said it, but at night just slow down and take your time. If you need to just allow a little extra time to get to your destination.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:39 AM   #9
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Same as the Daylight except you need to be hyper-vigilant for animals. (2 and 4 legged ones)


For me, I'm not too worried about deer here, but there are plenty of other critters that I still don't want to hit. This time of year, it's mainly skunks (and pedestrians ).

But other than that, it's pretty much the same as riding in the daylight. Make sure you can see and that you can be seen as best you can.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:44 PM   #10
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Same as the Daylight except you need to be hyper-vigilant for animals. (2 and 4 legged ones)


exactly. critters! deer especially. socal it's easy at times to almost forget about them when riding in the urbs or burbs... not so much out in the country but it's really nothing compared to northern cali or other places. seeing the eyes glowing at you or the deer standing on the side of the road is a bit un-nerving. dealt with it in cages before without any stress, (any multi-thousand pound steel beast with insurance will do) but its a big difference riding the bike cruising through the forests at night.

skipping the critters... it took a while to get used to riding the bike at night on the back roads, but I just dial it back a bit (ok at times substantially) and roll. other vehicles on the road don't concern me any more at night than day. perhaps even less so since we all have headlights on and therefore are a typically a bit more visable.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:23 PM   #11
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I do not ride after dark and before dawn, I wait 1-2hrs after daylight.

I like riding and don't want to take unnecessary risks.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #12
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These posts from Southerners have me cracking up!

When I lived in Dixie, at night I ran into drunks, drunks with no lights on driving in the wrong lane on purpose, drunk armadillos, indian burial mounds, giant snakes and even a couple of drunk ranchers with one seriously spooked (drunk) horse.

I think this is why Southern Gothic novels are so superior to anything a Yankee can write......there is just far more bizarre, mythical and drunk shenanigans to write about.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:18 AM   #13
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These posts from Southerners have me cracking up!

When I lived in Dixie, at night I ran into drunks, drunks with no lights on driving in the wrong lane on purpose, drunk armadillos, indian burial mounds, giant snakes and even a couple of drunk ranchers with one seriously spooked (drunk) horse.

I think this is why Southern Gothic novels are so superior to anything a Yankee can write......there is just far more bizarre, mythical and drunk shenanigans to write about.
So, are you insinuating that those of us of the south shouldn't allow our horses to get drunk when we are out having our evening libations?

We get pretty good at dodging drunks here in the south. Give them a wide berth, get way in front of them or pull over and take a break. If you pull over the drunks will usually clear the path for you going forward (trees, bushes, mailboxes). Also, assume that any vehicle with the lights off after dark is being driven by someone way over the legal limit (a cop taught me that one).

I have always loved riding after dark. Risk goes way up, but sometimes it is just worth it.

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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These posts from Southerners have me cracking up!

When I lived in Dixie, at night I ran into drunks, drunks with no lights on driving in the wrong lane on purpose, drunk armadillos, indian burial mounds, giant snakes and even a couple of drunk ranchers with one seriously spooked (drunk) horse.

I think this is why Southern Gothic novels are so superior to anything a Yankee can write......there is just far more bizarre, mythical and drunk shenanigans to write about.
I can identify with this post really well. I ride a lot at night in rural AL, and have had some CRAZY things happen. Maybe I need to write some of them down sometime.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #15
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I do not ride after dark and before dawn, I wait 1-2hrs after daylight.

I like riding and don't want to take unnecessary risks.

ok, so you are "concerned" to ride in the dark or perhaps have eyesight issues... (for that matter I know individuals that otherwise are fine but do not drive vehicles on freeways... and this is in socal)

but what's up with the waiting 1-2 hours after daylight? is there an issue with the dawn tricking you in some way?
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