Night riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 390beretta, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    I love riding at night. :D

    I'd better, the 2nd half of my commute home from work is usually at midnight - I've been on 2nd shift for the bulk of 35 years !

    Less traffic on the road, and cooler during the 9 month long Florida summers. :D

    Additional lighting helps, especially driving through the Florida swamps at night. Deer, hogs, alligators, armadillos, oppossums, raccoons, coyotes, etc. The deer can act like giant squirrels if you catch them off-guard, but they generally are pretty aware. Hogs, on the other hand, just don't care - they will walk out like they haven't a care in the world.
    Especially big black ones, when it is raining, trying to blend into the asphalt. :eek1
    Red reflectors in the grass ? Could be a big gator getting ready to cross. :eek1 :eek1

    I still wouldn't trade the risks, for having to deal with more traffic on 1st shift.

    (No turkey vultures at night, either. I heard of people getting knocked off the bike by them. You see a bunch of them by the side of the road during the daytime - slow down. One of them will usually fly up low in your direction !)
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  2. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    gotcha. well it seems reasonable to relax on the deck enjoying the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the animals before heading out on your ride then.
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  3. jrou111

    jrou111 Stair Climber

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    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. :deal
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  4. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I enjoy riding on warm summer nights, but I don't anymore. The truth is I can't see very well at night so I don't even drive much after dark. When I'm traveling, though, I'm usually riding at dawn and knock off about 5pm. I try and watch for critters, but have had a couple close calls. And there are those rare times when I am caught out late and have to ride well into the darkness just to make my destination.
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  5. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Well, thanks for all the advice everyone. Pantah, I still see fine at night but have been avoiding riding home from the gun shop where I work part time at night whenever possible just because I don't have to......However, last night my wife worked late and was riding her Versys from work to meet friends for dinner, so I told her I'd ride too and meet her at the restaurant. Friday night, possibly the worst night to ride. We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant about 12 miles from where we live. On the way, I saw one ass-hat driving without headlights even though it was way past time to have them on. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry, lot of tail gaiting going on, seemed everyone was in a hurry, either to get home or to get started on the week-end. In the restaurant, most were imbibing. We abstained entirely due to being on the bikes. Most who were drinking weren't drunk, but obviously impaired in my opinion based on their overly loud conversation, outbursts of really loud laughter and general demeanor, etc. I kept thinking that a large percentage of the cagers on our way home would be in similar condition. Luckily, we made it home without incident, but I was in hyper-alert mode all the way home. Keep in mind that we were driving in Phx. traffic on surface streets, where a lot of drivers seem to become rude, distracted and "me centered," when they get behind the wheel.
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  6. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    I was thinking of this thread last night... After dark, unfamiliar road, raining... yeah, I slowed down.

    I have not really realised how awful the headlamp on my F is until last night, with riding on the left (visiting Kent, UK). Time to invest in some aux lights.
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  7. JonU

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    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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  8. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Yeah, I know what you are saying about a loud crowd at dinner houses and bars. Since I bought my winter place near the Boulders, I find myself on Cave Creek Rd, Scottsdale Rd or Pima all the time. I have learned to keep my speed up around 55 so not to get run over. :eek1.

    I am using my Yamaha as my only transportation right now, but expect to get a car when I come back in January. Anyway, I have come to learn why you are so sensitive to random traffic habits around there on the surface streets. I never noticed much until I had to ride everywhere. Whole new perspective. Particularly left turning cars!

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