Do you think riding at night or day is safer?

Is it safer to ride at night, or day

Poll ended at Tue May 13, 2008 9:11 pm

Day, because more sunlight.
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62%
Night, other drivers can see you Better
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21%
I could care less, both are dangerous. oh, and i'm chuck norris, so i'm invincible
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17%
 
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#1 Unread post by SBK15 » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:11 pm

Ok, Some people thing riding at night is safer, because othe cars see your lights better...and they notice you from miles away.
Some people say riding in the day is safer, because your normally more awake, and there's daylight so you can see EVERYTHING.
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#2 Unread post by slimcolo » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:16 am

Forgot that at night there is far less traffic. The majority of night drivers are more relaxed due to the fact that most work related commuting is during the day. (night drivers are more travelers and less commuters) In most areas the low volume of traffic at night compensates for other dangers, (lower visibility, nocturnal animals) except at bar rush (or Denver after a Bronco's game). Also due to teen curfews most night time drivers are older and more experienced. (18 or 21+) Many older (senior) drivers will not drive at night. Most deliveries are during the day. Also oversize loads and most hazardous cargo cannot be on hiway after dark. (also true of most farm EQ) Most road construction is done in the day. There is no sun in your eyes at night. (If there is your in Alaska or Canada) And besides you can't see to text at night.

After years of graveyards, I nod during the day (esp. morning) but am wide awake at night! I prefer riding at night under a full moon.
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#3 Unread post by dr_bar » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:18 pm

More DUI's at night.

If you're hard to see during the day, do you really think night is any better???
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#4 Unread post by jstark47 » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:17 pm

At night, your headlights form a point of light. Cars tend to assume that point is a car a long way off, not a motorcycle close by. I get more people cutting out or turning left in front of me at night.

The other problem is I don't see as well at night as I used to, so I stay off unfamiliar roads.
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#5 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:09 pm

All else being equal, sure, riding during the day is safer, but as others have mentioned, too many other variables aside from the presence of daylight (notably traffic). Between riding home at 5pm in rush hour traffic and riding home a coupla hours later, I'd definitely feel safer with the latter.
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#6 Unread post by gypsy_woman » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:28 am

I work graveyard but whenever i am out joyriding at all hours i find that there is less traffic, which is nice. but i live in a small town so there is rarely very much traffic.
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#7 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:34 am

basically it depends on where you live. Where I am I fear hitting a dear during the night time hours and yes it is a real danger. Very rarely do I go a night without seeing at least one deer. yes i work 3rd shift. So to me daylight riding is safer for most aspects. but like was mentioned you dont have the road rage cagers during the evening hours that you do during day time hours.
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#8 Unread post by livetoride1234 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:03 am

jstark47 wrote:At night, your headlights form a point of light. Cars tend to assume that point is a car a long way off, not a motorcycle close by. I get more people cutting out or turning left in front of me at night.

The other problem is I don't see as well at night as I used to, so I stay off unfamiliar roads.
i had that happen lots of times. I also like day time because deer are crazy out by my place. i had a close call two seasons ago, rabbits to, those little hopping F***. :x
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#9 Unread post by mrflamewerks » Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:23 pm

Around here, with thick woods, sometimes right to the edge of the road, and a plethora of Bambi and company, night riding can be a bit treacherous.
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#10 Unread post by Yamaha Couple » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:56 am

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#11 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:01 pm

When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
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#12 Unread post by ofblong » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:40 am

Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
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#13 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:19 pm

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Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
Not a bad suggestion, I'll doublecheck. Although the problem seems inherent to bike design. Correct me if I'm getting this wrong (or if it doesn't happen to all bikes; I'm pretty new at this) . . .

Going straight ahead, your lights point in the same direction as the bike and slightly downward, just like a car. However, when a car turns a corner, its lights still point in the same direction as the car, and possibly even slightly in the direction of the curve (if the car rolls outward).

On a bike, the opposite happens. On a right curve for instance, you countersteer left to lean right, into the curve. This makes the headlight point slightly left, and the downward direction of the beam, combined with the bikes rightward lean, makes the beam point even more leftward, exactly where you don't want it to go.

The problem isn't as bad when my lights are on high beam (since the beam points less downward than on low beam), but it's still there, frustratingly.
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#14 Unread post by Skier » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:39 am

ofblong wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
Take a 90 degree corner at 25 MPH. Your headlight's focal point is always lagging behind the important piece of tarmac you are heading to.
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#15 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:21 am

Skier wrote:
ofblong wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
Take a 90 degree corner at 25 MPH. Your headlight's focal point is always lagging behind the important piece of tarmac you are heading to.
he said a curve not a corner. Big difference. even my mini van has that problem on a 90 degree corner.
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#16 Unread post by Skier » Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:41 am

ofblong wrote:
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ofblong wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
Take a 90 degree corner at 25 MPH. Your headlight's focal point is always lagging behind the important piece of tarmac you are heading to.
he said a curve not a corner. Big difference. even my mini van has that problem on a 90 degree corner.
Actually there is no difference between a curve and a corner.
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#17 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:00 pm

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ofblong wrote:
Skier wrote:
ofblong wrote:
Grey Thumper wrote:When leaning into a curve, the beam of your headlight points away from the curve, which can be pretty freaky if the road is poorly lit.
uhh mine dont. maybe you need to get them properly adjusted???
Take a 90 degree corner at 25 MPH. Your headlight's focal point is always lagging behind the important piece of tarmac you are heading to.
he said a curve not a corner. Big difference. even my mini van has that problem on a 90 degree corner.
Actually there is no difference between a curve and a corner.
dunno what world you live in but a 35 degree curve is nothing like a right/left hand turn onto another road by use of a 90 degree turn.
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#18 Unread post by Skier » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:20 pm

A curve and a corner define the same thing: part of the path that is not straight.

A 35 degree twist is a corner and a curve.
A 90 degree twist is a corner and a curve.

Pretty simple.
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#19 Unread post by Johnj » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:21 pm

Geometry jokes...your killing me. :laughing:
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#20 Unread post by Greg . » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:36 pm

I agree with the folks who are concerned about the deer. They're bad here at night and we watch out for them no mater what we're driving. Heck .. .the dumb arses actually WAIT for you to get closer before they jump out in front of you.

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