Riding with Highbeams
August 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm #3260SafetyFirstParticipant
Anyone else leave them on, even with on-coming traffic?
On my rides at night, I usually always leave my hi-beams on. Mainly because unlike other bikes, I only have one light. I assume that a single high-beam is about the same amount of light as two car headlights can throw in low-beams.August 8, 2009 at 12:10 am #21373MunchParticipant
I keep mine on all the time except at night with on coming traffic. Though I do have mine aimed a tad higher then stock to afford extra warning time.
Be careful though , evn though your beam may not bean directed at the eyes of the oncomer the glare is still just as bad.August 8, 2009 at 1:04 am #21378zeppelinfromledParticipant
It’s not really about the amount of light (the brightness of the bulb), but the direction of the light. So I don’t really buy the argument that a single high beam is the same as two car headlights in low beam.
I use my high beam all day, but at night, I rarely use it. That’s just because there are usually cars with me in the areas that I ride at night. There’s also a lot of street lighting in town, so it doesn’t give me that much extra visibility.August 8, 2009 at 1:08 am #21379irencoParticipant
I dont usually use the high beam unless Im riding on the highway at night. you shouldn’t use your high beams because when you want to alert someone that didn’t see you, how are you going to do it? I have used them to alert people a couple of times because people in miami tend to do everything except pay attention to the road. so the high beams should be your secret weapon. besides the high beams, revving your engines should be your granades. I remember one time a truck was changing lanes and he was getting closer to mine, so I anticipate he was not going to see me. guess what? even though I kept my distance enough to if he was getting on my lane nothing would have happened, I revved the engine anyway to alert him that I was there. he returned to his lane and lightly hit the breaks. hopefully he would check better next time because it looked I scare the shit out of him.August 8, 2009 at 10:29 am #21388SafetyFirstParticipant
Wiring up the hibeam switch so it activates both low and hi beams, and have the off (aka low beams on) be highbeams on.
And if I ever got pulled over for highbeams, I could show that the hibeam switch makes it brighter.August 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm #21413Clenzer72Participant
I ride with highs on all day. At night I only use high beemswithout oncoming traffic and cars far away if up front. My low beam doesn’t put out alot of light and without streetlights the highbeem illuminates somuch more of the street so I use it when I can without impacting others after the sun has set.
Now I want to do a little testing… I only know what my lights show fro
my riders perspective…I should k ow from another drivers perspective as well.
Park the bike with lights on and hop In The car and aproach with high and low.
It’s probably good to know how your seen at night by others
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