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Who rides at night

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by blueben, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. It's 2:30am, 36 degrees out, and sleep isn't coming soon. So I'm going riding. How many of you find yourselves in the same boat from time to time?
  2. I worked a grave yard shift, and lived 34 miles from work/ I did a lot of riding at night and early morning. I really enjoyed it.

  3. I love riding at night. During the week like on a Tuesday night after 8pm I haul ass up into Washington on the largely un cluttered highways from Oregon and back.

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  4. I commute using my bike and working retail you get random shifts including closing shifts. While I hates closing, I did like the ride home. I think there was just something neat feeling about the empty roads (and I don't mean in the less idiots to deal with way. I just liked the aura of it <- for lack of better way to put it).

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  5. shelbyguy

    shelbyguy Picture Whore


    its dark when i leave for work.

    and its dark when i head home. does that count?
  6. Riding at night is a real treat. Less traffic or no traffic depending on where you are. No side peripheral view, just the darkness and the road. However this is a summer concept in my mind when it comes to conditions being favorable.
  7. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator Staff Member

    Almost the same story here, but I start so early it's still (more or less) daylight when I get home.
  8. Fuck yeah.

    Full leather suit, full race boots on. Warm clothing underneath. Put them beats on.

    A 405-I5 loop works wonders!

    Just make sure to do an aerial check every once in a while...
  9. I love riding dirt at night! Avoiding wildlife, breaking the peace of the night; it is wonderful! I also ride around town at night sometimes, but I prefer to ride twisty stuff, and my lighting isn't quite up to the task.
  10. I sometimes go for rides rather than going straight home after work at 10PM. While I enjoy having less traffic on the roads, the trade off is being on heightened alert for nacturnal animals. I've had close calls with racoons/coyotes/opoosum/deer while out on night rides.
  11. Much like Shelbyguy, for the last two months, its been dark when I go to work, and dark when I come home.

    Spend a lot of time riding at night even when I'm not commuting. Try to keep a car/truck in front of me as a deer catcher, especially when we're out in Montana, Wyoming, etc. If no buffer in front, I keep the speed down. Nothing like riding down the road and seeing a monstrous pair of antlers at eye level and then realizing that the elk is standing in a 3' deep ditch on the side of the highway.....
  12. Heck yeah. Every weekday. I run aux lights mounted on the forks which provide a good 170 degrees of lighting.
  13. +1
  14. Same here. Not the same as 02:00 though. I used to ride (years ago) late (early) at night. I liked it. Most cops were feeding on the bars that were closing and such. Only thing I had to watch for was deer and smaller animals. Now days... the occasional night run, to work, if they're having problems. Still nice to have the road to myself.
  15. Gotta say, last night was a great ride. Pouring through curvy tunnels of cold darkness; sprawling across multi-lane highways blanketed in amber lights. Pushing through woodland fogs in near blindness and bursting out of the cloud, a high velocity raptor.

    The glorious murderous glistening pavement. Cracking the throttle in defiance of the road; a road that threatens to tear itself out from underneath in furious retribution. Your ass end waggling at the solemn streets behind you.

    Fuck yeah poetry.
  16. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    I hate to rain on your parade, but...

    Nice imagery!
    Until you smack into the deer standing on the outward-bound side of the fogbank wondering what all the noise is.

    Enjoy the ride, but be careful!

  17. When it comes to fog, people with glasses really can't win. You can't wipe fast enough to clear your visor. Lifting your visor is pointless because your glasses collect water instead. You can't drive too slow because some jackass will hit you from behind. So you squint and make do and hope you don't land in the ER.
  18. In the 1950's
    and early 60's
    Southern Illinois

    opening and closing
    our family drive in theatre

    countryside reeled past
    astride a 1950 BMW
    open megaphones

    12 miles to work
    20-30-50 home
    in the night

    cool summer air
    cooler in the valleys
    warmer in the "peaks"

    riding with no lights
    in moonlight


  19. Beeauteeeful moonlit evening, huge sweeping right hander, uh oh, 3 pair of glowing eyeballs, microscopic start of a flinch, wham it's over, Night riding in the Palouse. I'm not sure if that is the deer's or my poop imbedded in the left side of the radiator.


    Used to be an 08 Sprint
  20. Makes me want to buy the new tire for my son's ZX14, and stretch its legs. Have always had jobs with weird hours, as a kid with a 150 Honda Benly, I would get off work around 10 pm, fill the tank, at 25 cents per gallon, ride until it was about 1/2 empty, turn around, and head home.
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