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Re: who rides at night?

Post by silverado6x6 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:25 pm



I went riding with my gf last july up here in Alaska, we were on the 95 Goldwing, it has dual 55 watt hid for the mains and a pair of 35 watt hid kits i put in the corner lights, we had to wait until after 1 am as it was still light out at midnite here in Alaska, so its dark enough from 1 to 4 am the third week of july, heck in june you hardly get any night at all.
Anyway we turned up the radio, found an empty expressway and just went for a ride, on the way back we stopped at a local lounge, she had a wine, i had coffee, we danced. We loved riding at night be it on the Goldwing or the Yamaha Venture Royale, she said she never felt more alive in her whole life, she was 66, i was 57, that next monday morning her state sponsored foster son killed her, but i can never forget the joy on her face riding with me, if i had to be judged for what was my contribution in life i would stand proud to say i made her happy.

Made her feel alive, on a motorcycle, at night.


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Re: who rides at night?

Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51 pm

Silverado, you have my most sincere condolences, that was a terrible thing her foster son did. im sure it was a horrible shock to you, but don't worry, he will get what he deserves in the end. he will be judged by the ALL MIGHTY when his time comes and will pay for it. im glad that the time you spent together with her was great, and im sure you made her very happy riding with you on your bike. just keep all those good thoughts with you and she will always be with you in spirit.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by silverado6x6 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:19 pm

Just before that happened she and i picked up two bikes off a fella in Anchorage, one was a 1985 Vmax in sorry shape, the other a low mile 93 gl1500 that belonged to his brother, he was rear ended up here in Alaska, totaled bike, put him in the hospital with very severe injuries, they bought the bike back from the insurance yard, it runs great but almost all tupperwear was shot, funny though the trunk had not even a scratch, had to replace the side bags, subframe, mirrors, misc trim, new windshield, then i upgraded everything else, 98 style clear headlight, leather seats, blue and gold carbon fiber wrap,and a touchscreen radio.
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:46 am

'mornin Silverado:

very nice. that's a nice tribute to her you have there. im sure she would have liked that a lot.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:47 pm

What a fantastic tribute. And it's wonderful knowing that you gave her such joy, and even though she left this earth prematurely, that the pleasure you and your bike gave her was one of the last things she knew.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by rkjmg5757 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:04 am

I work sec shift and ride my bike when l can, have cut my screen down so l can see over. Mist and glare from other headlights blinds you, better to have a clearer view and a bit of wind buffering. I do miss the total windowless ride but my windscreen was well marked up.Invested in a led bulb for headlight which l haven't tried yet on the road but looks ok in garage. It has it,s own cooling fan which surprised me, l was wondering where the fan noise was coming from. Before that l was using a bigger than spec bulb which drew too many ampss for my liking.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by Grindl » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:45 pm

Been a "Nightrider" for most of my life . Less traffic , less hassles . Have had some type of auxiliary spots on my bikes since the late seventies , and I chose to ride in low-traffic areas . Nothin like ridin all night to watch the sun come up , have breakfast and then crash out for a few hours before going to work on 2nd shift , to do it all over again the next night . Guess I've been lucky to be in the right places at the right time . Biggest concern was running over a Coyote on some of the rural roads outside Phx . Riding in the desert at night is different than riding other places . You have to experience it if you get the chance .

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by flogger » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:33 am

Used to night ride years ago and I lived in areas and cities where it was safer. But now I live very rural in an area that has very big deer. I know because I am also an avid hunter. I've also hit one in my car that was very damaging. I've also hit a quite large raccoon that did a lot of damage too... I avoid riding at night but I am not so worried or against doing so... I do get the occasional return home that falls after dark so I am extra vigilant.
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by FM-USA » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:24 am

Night riding can be wonderful...




JUST keep an eye out for these eyes....


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Re: who rides at night?

Post by donnielama » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:56 am

here in gods waiting room Florida there are many retirees many with heath issues. I feel safer riding at night my 08 wing is lite up like a Christmas tree I believe I can be better seen on 19 where the traffic seems to have more blind or nearly blind people. on other roads have the usual dogs deer bear etc. I 75 has a speed limit of 70 if you do 70 you'll be run over. once I found myself doing 105 just to keep up with traffic this place is filled with crazy's. everyone thinks they are indy 500 drivers but they're not. I've ridden all over the country I was raised in new York. and spent most ofmy time out west. lights seem to work in Florida.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by seelyark1 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:54 am

I was riding home the other night when I noticed what I thought was sparks behind the pickup truck that was in front of me. I hit the brakes and looked harder to see what the sparks were from. Lo and behold, there, right in front of me, was a two wheeled hand truck standing up right in my lane. I stopped and put the flashers on and moved it out of the road. while I was getting back on the bike, two more bikes pulled up behind me. Boy! What that could have been.
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by noviwinger » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:54 pm

I don't do it often enough, but I do love riding at night in the summer. Not so much when it is 40 degrees outside. I ride in the daytime at any temperature if it is clear, dry and salt free. At night, I want over 55 degrees.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by ka4yqi » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:44 pm

Love to ride at night. I use the shooter glasses, the yellow ones. Also glad the 1500 has 2 headlights, dont see how the guys that have the one headlight see anymore. I use to ride them, but got older and need all the light I can get.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by Happytrails » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:18 am

Too many critters on the roads at nite for me to feel safe. Althought I ride to work all the time at 4:30am. Makes me nervous to be honest. There I am trying my best to watch out for criters and some hillbilly wants to ride my rear fender at that hour in the morning. Its a good thing I love riding my bike to work. :D :D
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by biker guy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:54 pm

The wife and I love riding at night as there is less traffic to deal with and it is a lot more relaxing.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by detdrbuzzard » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:47 am

redial wrote:Hey Chief,
Have you had your eyes tested for cataracts? If required, the operation is straightforward, simple, and can produce magnificent results. I have both my eyes done, and no longer require glasses, contacts, or other; except I wear sun-glasses a lot.
I also had cataract surgery, about this time last year. I didn't need glasses but after poking myself in the eye with an snow brush while getting out of a cage I became too sensitive to light and would get a head ach from any light, the doc said I had an old cataract in my right eye. things are much brighter after surgery and yes I had both eyes done. always did ride at night so nothing has changed there
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by maintainer » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:12 am

I love riding at night but rarely do anymore. Even just before dawn used to be my favorite time. Now after a super close miss with a deer I reconsidered. I don't care for city riding much and tend stay out in the rural country or woodsy type areas. In low light conditions deer come out of nowhere traveling at light speed and sometimes directly across your path. Having your heart stop the restart in panic mode will wake you up, in a bad way, :shock:
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by roadwanderer2 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:01 am

i enjoy riding at night, but not so much around here. at night all the creatures come out, deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, a stray horse or cow and assorted cats and dogs. i remember one time i was riding on the interstate at night, no on coming vehicles, no overhead highway lights, then out of the side of the road came this very large deer. by the time i saw it cross my path all i saw was its hind legs, and at 70 mph one does not appreciate seeing that. i had to pull off the road and sit there for about 20 minutes so my hands would stop shaking and to get my composer back. very scary. now that i have this wing, im thinking about installing road lights to it so i can see a little farther down the road without having to use my high beam.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by OldZX11Rider » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:52 am

I used to ride at night but getting older and eyesight isn't what it used to be.
Its just safer for me and everyone else out on the highway if I'm parked by sunset. :lol:
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Re: who rides at night?

Post by Eboness » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:44 am

Here's a tip I learnt while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. As an infantryman with 3PPCLI one part of life is night patrol and keeping your night vision.
Try this at home first then while riding, I do it all the time. Sit in a dark room till you get your night vision. Now close one eye and then turn on the lights, after
about 30 seconds or less, turn off the lights and open the closed eye. You will be really surprised how fast you get your night vision back. For me within a few seconds.
Some of you Vets out there probably know this trick, but for you others try it sometime while driving at night when you suddenly come across a bright light or someones
high beams. Just remember to close one eye as soon as you see a bright light and after you pass it open it again, it really works I also look to the right side of the road
while doing this, just so I don't look directly at the high beam with my open eye.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by pidjones » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:43 am

I usually avoid night riding, and really dislike interstate riding, however if I must ride at night, I prefer the super-slab. Around here, the woods often come right up to the road and deer are in front of you instantly. At least on the interstate there are cleared medians and mowed areas so that you can see their approach. Other than the quiet, the only thing that attracts me to night riding is the smells which seem so much more intense at night.

I am always most alert near saddles in ridges and clearings where there is both food and an easy passage for the critters. But, come rut season they follow paths of no logic at all. I also encourage hunters to ignore bag limits.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by Jump Wings » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:38 am

Eboness, your tip reminds me of a story a friend told me.

He was a marine stationed in Okinawa in the 50's. While hauling ammo he had to go through several unlit tunnels. He said that he prepared for this by closing his eyes briefly before entering the tunnel and then opening them once inside. On one occasion he opened his eyes just as he rear ended a honey wagon that had stopped in the entrance. On base he hit the wash rack and the showers before dropping off his cargo. As the Marines came out for another load they were smelling their hands. Apparently the rope handles on the ammo boxes did not hose off as well as my friend had hoped.

That is a good reason to only close one eye as you suggested.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by gildco » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:37 pm

Here in south Charlotte,NC, we have lots of deer that are increasingly becoming a problem as their habitat is diminished. Although I can ride at night, I no longer choose to do so. If I get caught having to drive at night, I wear my prescription glasses to keep things clear. Ah, the joy of aging. As I and my 2008 GL1800 age, I have noticed that is looks better than I do. Depressing. :>)

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by bill jamison » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:29 pm

I do not like to ride at night! Only do it if I have to. I like to see the sights. We did a night desert ride once years ago and found it was cooler but could not see the country that passed by. Even boring areas have some things to see. When I ride in very familiar territory, I still enjoy seeing what is there.

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Re: who rides at night?

Post by musinger » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:36 am

The worst time to ride at night would be at dusk and dawn, that's when the animals are moving the most. Ride safe everyone. I switched my corning lights to stay on at all times and added high intensity lights just below the fairing using a GL1500 light bar. I also added animal whistles on the front fender you can find them in any automotive shop and I do see the

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animals running away from me as a ride down the road, but I reduce my speed just in case.


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