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Old 07-18-2013, 05:31 AM   #31
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #32
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When I was younger (I rode from ages 15-30) I loved riding at night and had no issues with it. I'd often go out for a night ride just for fun- I liked the cool air, the sound of the "peepers" in Spring, the way you can so easily see and be seen by other vehicles, the quiet and solitude....

I started riding again this year at age 57 and my night vision is an issue while driving! I wear gradient lenses and that is part of the problem. The glare of oncoming lights is a real issue for me. I do often drive after dark in cars, and while I don't feel unsafe, I also don't enjoy it. I have tried a couple times on my bike and it's scary (and I am trying to NOT even think about the deer....), so I have decided to only ride after dark if I am forced to. Wish it weren't so!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:32 AM   #33
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I avoid it as much as possible.

Once had a picnic with the wife where we just pulled off a 2 lane road with a nice view and watched the sun go down.

At sunset the deer herd appeared and moved toward the road. The darker it got, the closer to the road they got. I swear the young deer were saying "Mom? Is it dark enough to go play in the road yet? Is it? Huh?"

Hitting a deer in a car would be bad enough but on a bike - much worse.
A hazard avoided is a trip to the hospital avoided....
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:05 AM   #34
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I like riding at night, on certain roads and under certain conditions. Living in the country, I actually have no choice. ;)

On the bike I have a high-output alternator and two auxillary high beam lamps (Hella pencil beam driving lights) and two auxillary low beam lamps (Hella fog lights, mounted and aimed to not glare at oncoming traffic). These low beam lamps also serve as "deer spotters"-- they reflect very well from the deer's eyes. Not perfect, but it stacks the deck in my favor.

Night riding is dangerous, don't get me wrong. For each trip I mentally assign "danger values" for route, weather and traffic conditions and if the "danger coefficient" comes up too high, I'll cage it.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:19 AM   #35
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I dont' mind it....especially in the summer its a lot cooler at night. My biggest concern is moose...
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:33 AM   #36
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Sorry, old chaps. I usually only check threads active within the last day, so I'm not quite sure how this one caught my limited attention span, but I appear to the guilty party.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #37
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I try to avoid it when possible due to deer... Mpls/St. Paul suburbs are crawling with them.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:54 PM   #38
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I avoid night riding for much of the same reason as few posters before, my eyesight is shit house and so are the lights on my bike
The main reason that I don't ride at night, is simply that I can't ride at the pace I usually ride during the day, so there's no point. Also any rubbish on the road is hard to see, them fucking moose like to go for a stroll at night as well. As for the oncoming headlights hurting your eyes, fuck all you can do about it, welcome to the olld age mate..
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #39
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Sorry, old chaps. I usually only check threads active within the last day, so I'm not quite sure how this one caught my limited attention span, but I appear to the guilty party.

Fortunately, I am completely shameless.
Hell, it was only 10 years old.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:43 PM   #40
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Hell, it was only 10 years old.
Just goes to show you can't keep a good thread down!
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #41
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I'll do it locally when necessary. When not local, I don't like to travel at night though because then I miss out on the scenery I'm road trippin' to see.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #42
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"A gentleman doesn't motor about after dark."

I agree with Mr Lucas. Only if absolutely necessary, never been big on it.

Also about 20 years ago I had my one and only big crash at night, was in an urban area and went around a corner, hit gravel that a construction site had dragged into the street (invisible!), tucked the front end, and it didn't end well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:21 PM   #43
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I don't have a choice. My job is till 12;30 every night and the bike is my main means of commuting.

Lucky for me most of the 35 mile commute home is on freeways or two lane roads. I tend to hang out in the left lane if possible, figuring that if a deer comes at me I'll either have enough room to stop or options. If not, that grass better be soft.

I have noticed that my speed is lower at night as well. Other than that it's nice to ride at night. Less traffic and fewer red lights.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #44
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An anti-reflection coating on your bifocals helps, dude.

And some major photon emitters........

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My "spare" glasses are the ones that i use for riding at night. They are just plain, with no coating. I don't like the way coatings make lights flare at night.

I'm happy to ride at night, but do take it easy, and carefully. It is when the crazies and drunks emerge. Here in Thailand vehicles (especially motorcycles) without operating tail lights are a common hazard.

For a buzz on a full moon night, try riding unlit on a quiet country road. Don't go too fast, but at moderate speed your eyes adapt. Just be aware of any other traffic that might turn up.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:36 AM   #45
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I don't like it and get very tense when I have to do it near my place (rural area).

We have solid bouncy things called kangaroos, their smaller equally solid cousins called wallabies, Koalas that wait till you approach to dart across and really solid fuckers called wombats that can remove front ends of cars, or rear diffs if you run over one.
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