Motorcycle Basic Night Riding Tips
Some riders enjoy night riding more, others just tolerate it occasionally, but there are some motorcyclists that can’t stand it at all, so if you have any reservations then maybe you shouldn’t do it at all.
First off, the most difficult obstacle to overcome on a motorcycle is the glare from oncoming traffic, as it is different from the glare you receive while riding in your car, and takes a while to get comfortable with. In fact, looking into a bright light at night causes temporary blindness, so you should avoid looking directly into headlights.
Also, although you might think you are familiar with some parts of the road from during the day, you could be surprised to see that these get altered in darkness. Moreover, you should also consider using your high beam when there is no other traffic.
The most often procedure among riders is following another vehicle at night to take advantage of the additional lights. This way, by observing when the lights of the vehicle in front of you bounce up and down, you can get an idea of where potholes are. Compared to day riding, you should also reduce your speed, and increase the distance between you and the vehicle you are following to at least 4 seconds so you get enough space for braking.
Speaking of braking, doing it with the front brakes causes the patch of light from your headlights to dip towards you, so you should use more rear braking and engine breaking to maximise the view of the road ahead of you.
Night is usually the time when people use to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, or the level of testosterone in their body starts screaming for adrenaline, so you could meet vehicles that seem to pace you. If you find yourself teased by drivers that just want show off in front of your friends, looking for entertainment or for a drag race, than you should remain calm and avoid responding in any way. Remember! You are far more vulnerable riding a motorcycle than driving a car and the last thing you want is getting yourself killed.