Night riding is far trickier when compared to the time when the sun is up. Even some seasoned riders with decades of riding experience under their belt will suggest you not to ride during night time since it attracts a number of risks which are sometimes hard to avoid. So if you don’t want to risk it too much you can go by the rule and avoid night riding as much as possible or otherwise you can take the expert advice from the report below and hone your night riding skills which will surely help you on your next ride when the sun goes down.
Know the dangers of the night –
As the light fades away, visibility becomes a major concern. And then it’s a great deal to spot what lies ahead on the next corner. If it’s hard to spot fellow motorists, it’s even harder to see potholes, broken tarmac, and sometimes debris in middle of the road which can create a hazardous situation. If that was not all, most of the intoxicated accidents are recorded during the night.
But you know what is more unpredictable than drunk drivers? Animals! Even a small raccoon that jumps out from the bushes in the dark can make you fall flat on your face, let alone a deer which can actually prove to be fatal.
The other risk involved is of broken down motorcycle or a flat tyre. Make sure you carry your local mechanic’s phone number in case of the former, while latter can be taken care by using Grandpitstop’s Universal Puncture Repair Kit which helps to repair punctures in no time.
Increase your vision –
Make sure that your headlight bulb has enough power to fairly illuminate the road up ahead. Sometimes the headlamp needs adjustments which can be done easily. To check that your headlamp is working fine, find a leveled ground near an uncluttered neat wall and place your motorbike about 100 yards from it. Light up the headlight, put the bike in the low beam which should fall only on the ground, and now turn on the high beam, the light should now fall on the wall above the ground. Also, make sure that you are astride during this test and the bike’s suspension is taking your load exactly as it does during the ride. Make sure that you clean your headlight lens and make it moisture free, as even small amount dust and condensation can degrade your headlamp’s quality significantly. You can also go with mounting aftermarket LED headlights which are proven to brighten up the illumination significantly.
Know the riding skills and stay alert –
Make sure you focus on the lane marking lines when you are hit by the high beams of the oncoming traffic. This wouldn’t let you distract from the road and will also save you from going blind for split seconds. Stay very alert at the intersections and red lights as most of the accidents happen at such places. When you are waiting at a red light, make sure to blink your brake lights repeatedly to make yourself more visible. Keep focus on the surrounding especially on the rear view mirrors for approaching risks and keep the bike in gear and ready to sprint if in trouble.
Be more visible –
You will surely do yourself a favor by being more visible with the use of reflective vests and bar end lights/blinkers. The other important bike accessory to have is the PnP Hazard Flasher lights which are designed to attract attention and make the rider more visible by flashing direction indicators repeatedly in a set pattern. These are now also available at Grandpitstop.com.
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