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    Default Re: Precautions to be taken before a long ride

    Few posts have kept me as interested & have taught me as much as this one has. Brilliant post...Helmets off & two thumbs up for starting this article. Lots of very interesting thoughts and experiences shared & I am glad I read every line of the post & replies.

    Please keep up the good work of not only sharing experiences but also sharing best practices & safety tips... Thank you!!! God bless & God speed

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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Thanks.very useful post.

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    a very informative thread related to touring.

    i have not found few basic points, hence adding them and few i believe would be useful as well.

    1. A 2 wheeler is very small compared to a car/truck and hence visibilty is less. hence it is advised to always keep the main headlamp on (i know its basic rule)
    2. Always wear bright coloured clothes/helmet. It is much easier for a trucker to identify you on the highway when you wear bright clothes and helmet than on dark colored ones.
    3. For night rides, it is better to have reflective material on the riding jacket or at the least paste some reflective stickers on you bike.
    4. Never overtake any vehicle if you are not able to see the road ahead of you for atleast 200mts or so. (basic again, but thought it would be useful to mention)
    5. Always carry your spare bike key in you backpack/saddle bag just incase you lose the key so that you wont get stranded somewhere on the road.

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    This thread is so amazing , I really learned a lot . Thanks to everyone
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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Guys.. Didn't know where else to post but found a great link to safe riding techniques and tips on YouTube. An entire series actually.. Hope it helps! Ride safe and ride long!! 😊

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC6_La-UTiJYaC4_g6Q0UGQA
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    Very nice & very very important pointers and additional comments.

    I would like to take the opportunity to add few more out of my experience.

    1. Animals: Cows/Buffalos - while they cross the roads 99% chances they don't move back even if a truck approaching them. At max they stand still. So gauge their movement well in advance. Dogs- 90% of the time dogs that cross road, turn back from middle of the road in hurry. So if u try to pass by behind them then be cautious, they may come back towards you.

    2. Especially in UP & Haryana: shared autos & Tractors run on opposite side of road. Prone to head on collision. There are quite a chance at a crossing of divider, an auto or tractor may suddenly approach from opposite side. Most tractors don't have headlights. So be careful at night. They specially run along sides of dividers.

    3. Not sure if I missed this from initial 50 points. Avoid riding along and/or behind a four wheeler or truck or bus while it is raining or even just after rain. Else ur helmet wiser will be filled with small particles of mud & dirt, resultimg scratches on ur wiser and block ur vision.

    4. Don't ride extreme right or extreme left of the road.

    Will add more if anything clicks to mind.

    Thanks.
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    Great thread to look forward and learn some techniques used by fellow riders( u never be complete in the process)
    As the main and important topics are covered in the main post I may add up some useful things( IMHO)

    1. Be constantly visible.
    Whether riding with lights on or even wearing some stripes of reflective tapes on your Jacket n helmet also.

    2. Mark your presence on road.
    When following any vehicle always try to be on right side and do make sure the driver of vehicle do know that u are there. Being on right side gives advantage of not hitting a path hole coz the driver in front will always correct his driving side of vehicle first.

    3. Be alert all the times.
    The vehicles sharing the road may get too close at some times give them the space to go ahead, look out at intersection and keep the bike on right side of the road maintaining a one or two meters distance from the road dividers. So that in case anyone pops out u will have a space to handle the situation.

    4. Use pilot car or escort vehicles
    There will be always a car or vehicle that may want to go ahead and we bikers will not be necessarilly be always on top of the game, give them a space to go ahead when u are uncertain about people may come running and using wrong side of road. Follow the guy who wants to go ahead n let him take the risk and follow him with keeping a eye for whats happening ahead.

    5. Develop a sense of caution.
    Don't look for what's ahead of u, try n understand what is going on ahead the vehicle or turn(experienced people will understand my point) for eg. If u keep a eye on the vehicle in front of u only if he brakes suddenly u going to end in trouble n if u try to figure out what's going out in front of him then u may get that life saving time in between.

    6. Water brakes are mandatory.
    Try to sip as much water u can, it'll not only keep u hydrated but also the water release brakes will give a time to relax u r body. Try using oral hydration powders mixed with water for summer rides they will surely keep u ahead of the game.

    That's the things which I thought as of now, if anything comes in I'll add that up.
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    I've a question. Not sure how many people are supporters of HD lights and whether xBhp supports it or understands its -ve side.

    I always found (while riding a bike or driving a car) HD lights that are coming from opposite side are very disturbing. For a few seconds rider is lost in blindness.

    Just a 30 mins back while I was driving from work to home, I encountered a biker who has HD lights on both front & rear side of his bike, 2 each. He made me blind for a second or 2, but that much time is enough to bang on.

    First of I would say, HD lights should be banned.

    Secondly, is there sth available in market that can protect eyes from it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirish_G View Post
    I've a question. Not sure how many ppl r supporters of HD lights and whether xbhp supports it or understands its -ve side.

    I always found (while riding a bike or driving a car) HD lights that r coming from opposite side r very disturbing. For a few seconds rider is lost in blindness.

    Just a 30 mins back while I was driving from work to home, I encountered a biker who has HD lights on both front & rear side of his bike, 2 each. He made me blind for a second or 2, but that much time is enough to bang on.

    First of I would say, HD lights should be banned.

    Secondly, is there sth available in mkt that can protect eyes from it?
    First of all its HID.
    Using higher Kelvin hid is illegal and disturbing. It makes on coming traffic go blind.

    Many people use hid bulbs without projectors which makes light scatter unevenly. Hence making us go blind.
    Projector cuts in proper ratio.

    It's a common understanding that using such hid may give you clear view but can make a person blind forever.

    People think spending on a projectors is useless as it's expensive and carry on. These type of people must be kicked in their assets badly so then they try to understand their mistake.
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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Thanks for the correction (HID). Yes, there should be heavy fines on these so that people should use projectors (as you said).

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