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post #1 of 22 Old 06-15-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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2008-2009 Riding Question(s)

I know I have a ton of questions... I should soon have it figured out so I don't have to ask so much.

So, I was wondering... does everyone drive during the day with the brights off? It looks odd with only one headlight on, so I was just curious?
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Its my {opinion} you should always ride with your bright on for safety! Vehicle code allows for it. One other thing i do is flick my bright on and off to get oncomming traffics attention. This is all covered in your riders safety course, Right?

Im not bein a smartass, just tryin to be helpful n let you know what works for me.

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Makes sense...
I am taking the safety course thing on Sunday. So, I am guessing they will cover it....

One more question...
RPMs... is 5000rpm about as high as it should go for highway riding?
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Its my {opinion} you should always ride with your bright on for safety! Vehicle code allows for it. One other thing i do is flick my bright on and off to get oncomming traffics attention. This is all covered in your riders safety course, Right?

Im not bein a smartass, just tryin to be helpful n let you know what works for me.
Good point about the safety course. Many things are taught to keep us safe that mere mortals don't think of. "Figurin' in out on the fly" is how people end up on Darwin's List.
I may end up on that list, but 'ol Darwin is gonna have to work at getting my name at the top.
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Its my {opinion} you should always ride with your bright on for safety! Vehicle code allows for it. One other thing i do is flick my bright on and off to get oncomming traffics attention. This is all covered in your riders safety course, Right?

Im not bein a smartass, just tryin to be helpful n let you know what works for me.

I disagree with both your points...

The vehicle code allows motorcycles to drive with high beams on during the day because back when that law went into effect motorcycle lights were not bright. Not so today, riding with your high beam on makes it harder for others to spatially locate you. Notice the next bike you see with high beams on it's harder to see where they are in traffic they become a bright blur.

It's not a good practice to flash you lights as other drivers can misinterpret and assume that you are signaling them to go ahead. If you're trying to get their attention it's better to weave in your lane, horizontal movement is more likely to be noticeable.

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I know I have a ton of questions... I should soon have it figured out so I don't have to ask so much.

So, I was wondering... does everyone drive during the day with the brights off? It looks odd with only one headlight on, so I was just curious?

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I'm with Spec on all points..

The only time I have my high beams on is when I'm riding towards some jackass who's not smart enough to have his headlights on if it's foggy or raining.. I figure, if he doesn't have the courtesy to make sure I can see him, I'll damned well make sure he can see ME!!

I tried the flash at intersections, and more than once, had someone pull out in front of me because they thought I was turning, even though I didn't have a turn signal on..

As far as looking "Odd", who cares? I'm not out there riding to impress or worry about how others think I look.. I'm sure that you'll ride past thousands of Pirates in your travels who will think that unless you're on a Harley, and dressed like a Pirate, you're stupid and your bike is ugly.. Again, who cares??

Go out there and ride for YOU!! Keep yourself safe, ride aggressively defensive and enjoy yourself.. Oh, and have some bacon!! MMMM
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On all of my bikes the only time I use the bright lights is when I have the sun low at my back, and that's only so that people can pick me out of the glare.

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Yep, I agree with Spec, too. But don't worry about asking Q's. That's what we do.




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post #10 of 22 Old 06-16-2010, 07:34 AM
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Ya I don't ride with brights on. It does look strange with the klr tho. I'm always worried that a cop will think I have a headlight out and pull me over.
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