Night Riding (...that sounds ominous!).

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Komet, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

    Jul 9, 2012
    Coleman, Michigan
    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.
  2. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

    Oct 15, 2007
    Cincinnati OH/Stuart FL
    "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.
  3. Houndguy

    Houndguy super noob!!!

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tampa, Fl....home of the Rowdies
    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. :eek1

    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.
  4. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

    Aug 31, 2012
    Phuket, Thailand
    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.
  5. Lolthatguy

    Lolthatguy Has a Zombie House

    Jan 30, 2010
    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. :huh
  6. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Nov 11, 2005
    Gold Coast
    I ride in the dark, admitted I pick the warm dry nights.

    I've hit more roo's daytime than I have at night, in fact I've hit none at night. Admitted, the risk/km from animals is probably higher at night, but it's not the certain death most motorcyclists in Oz seem to assume. When you factor in the lower speeds and lack of traffic it's likely not that much more dangerous than daytime.

    FWIW: I think domestic animals in NZ (cows, sheep) were more of a risk.

  7. Mat

    Mat Long timer

    Apr 2, 2008
    Many years ago I was not wearing glasses. There came a time where not needing glasses turned into sheer denial, and it coincided with the time when night driving just became much more unpleasant.

    Especially in rain. I would have to concentrate hard, drive slower, and it was becoming stressful. Then I finally borrowed my brother's glasses to look at some stars, and that was it. I got glasses.

    When I had them for a week, I drove back from snowboarding in heavy rain, in the dark. I suddenly realized that in fact, I felt as relaxed and comfortable as normally during daytime on an empty autobahn!

    Of course then I was young, and diminishing night vision was not a topic yet. :cry