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scottrnelson
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6914 Posts
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Meridian, ID
USA

Honda

XR650L, 1090 Adv R

Posted - 05/06/2008 :  8:20 AM
quote:
Originally posted by gdickelman

My fog lights - which I keep on at night - were bothering him.


I would have done the same thing. It's rude to have extra lights, or high beam aimed at people's rearview mirrors, day or night, but especially at night.

They don't help your visibility when you're right behind someone else. Save them for when you're not behind others.
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sixsigma
Male Advanced Member
801 Posts


Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Suzuki

Marauder vz 805

Posted - 05/14/2008 :  10:30 AM
quote:
Originally posted by scottrnelson

quote:
Originally posted by gdickelman

My fog lights - which I keep on at night - were bothering him.


I would have done the same thing. It's rude to have extra lights, or high beam aimed at people's rearview mirrors, day or night, but especially at night.

They don't help your visibility when you're right behind someone else. Save them for when you're not behind others.



For certain and my mechanic wired my lightbar into the highbeam switch while explaining this very same thing to me
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Cereal Killer
Male Starting Member
6 Posts


Roseville, CA
USA

BMW

K1200LT

Posted - 05/21/2008 :  11:32 PM
Interesting that I don't see a response nearly like mine is when I've thought about the question. It has come up since we have some members of the club I ride with who hate riding at night. I don't mind riding in the dark, kind of enjoy it sometimes when traffic is light and the road is straight (or at least not too twisty).

But I don't often ride after dark, simply because the great majority of time I'm riding for pleasure, and the it's not nearly as much fun when you can't see the scenery, or enjoy a twisty road like you can in the daytime.

I'll ride at night at the beginning, or end of a day long ride, when I have the fun part planned for daylight hours, but am going some distance from my home, and I want to get there, and/or back on the freeway part, and not waste good daylight doing it. Or, sometimes, I actually need to use the putt to get me somewhere.
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Dannytheman
Male Junior Member
43 Posts


Philly, PA
USA

(None)

Posted - 06/27/2008 :  10:22 AM
I ride all year and any time. I will admit that I vary my nighttime habits depending on the season.

Summer, I have to watch out more for Deer. With trees and brush heavy hard to see until they are out in front of you.
Winter, deer are easier to see but more active with rutt and pregnancy.

When I am the first at a redlight, and a cage is coming up from behind me I blink my brake lights so they get the attention of the driver. Bike lights are smaller usually so flashing is good! Slow down and enjoy the night air.
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