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    Default Re: Night Riding

    Any tips on how to handle oncoming vehicles attempting to blind you by flashing the lights?

    Btw, I've done the tailing a car thing for the scarier night rides and it definitely feels safer but I have ended up riding over potholes and other random stuff on the ground due to the lack of vision.
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    Default Re: Night Riding

    My two cents on Night Riding :

    1. Upgrade your stock headlamps :
    Not kidding!! If you are a night-rider, invest some money on the electricals and upgrade the weak stock headlamps that are supplied with majority of the Indian motorcycles. You can also add additional auxilary LED lamps, which mix well with the yellow light of stock bulbs and provide good visibility. Been there done that. The process would not always be straight forward or cheap, but definitely worth it for people who like munching miles in the dark.

    2. Adjust you stock beams :
    The major mistake of people is they forget that the headlamps can be adjusted to point to the road. A wrongly adjusted headlamp can give you a feeling that the intensity is too less. Remember that the LOW beam is supposed to only light up 10 - 15 meters of road in front of you and not 100 meters. The HIGH beam "hotspot" should run parallel and just touch the ground at around 25 meters from the vehicle.

    3. Carry shampoo solution and tissue papers :
    Even a bottle of Colin works fine. Clean the helmet visor and headlamp & auxiliary-lamp visors from time to time. You will not believe how much visibility is gained just by cleaning the headlamps and helmet visors.

    4. Save your eyes :
    This is my personal experience that your eyes see better in the darkness if they have not been exposed to bright light (Sun light) all through the day. Wear sunglasses, use Sunvisors and save them for the night. This is more applicable for people who tour, riding all day long and then need to ride in the darkness for few hours.

    5. Prevent fatigue/sleep attacks :
    People who have ridden all night must be quite aware of what happens after riding for hours in the darkness. Our bodies are designed to rest in the dark and work in the day, but we try doing it the other way. Although there is no way one can fight fatigue without taking rest / power nap, one handy way to avoid sleep attack is to maintain a high "heart rate". How to do it? Simple. Stop your vehicle beside the road, try sprinting for few meters for couple of times. You can also perform skipping without a rope. You will start panting within a minute and your heart rate will suddenly increase. This works. But ONLY do it when its impossible to stop and take rest. For any other instance, do not fight with body fatigue. take some rest, an hour of power nap and continue your journey.

    6. Be Visible :
    Stick enough reflecting stickers around the bike, wear reflective gears etc. Your visibility matters a lot. Also play with the beams and horn. Make sure you mark your presence at all point of time. You never know which driver inside which truck/bus/car has been hit by sleep attack. Your actions might wake him up and possibly avoid an accident.

    7. Play with the switch :
    Keep shifting between HIGH & LOW beam even if you are the only traffic on the road. This makes sure that you are in your consciousness and the eyes also do not get used to the intensity or pattern of a particular beam.

    8. Carry Munchies :
    Its always a good idea to carry something to munch (snacks) and energy drinks like Getorade or RedBull as majority of the shops remain closed during the night. Munching also keeps one active, aiding in a safer ride.

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    est of the points like maintaining a lower speed and being cautious around villages have already been mentioned in previous posts by people.

    Happy Riding

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    Default Re: Night Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by chiron View Post
    Any tips on how to handle oncoming vehicles attempting to blind you by flashing the lights?

    Btw, I've done the tailing a car thing for the scarier night rides and it definitely feels safer but I have ended up riding over potholes and other random stuff on the ground due to the lack of vision.
    Don't look at it. It sounds simple. Look down on the road past it. If it's a narrow lane, try and look at the White line, slow down and let em pass.

    Re trailing a car, try riding exactly behind the driver's rear tyre. The driver probably would always try and avoid potholes on his side. Keep some distance though as you would be in his blind sight.

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