A bad accident at the weekend took the life of a biker I didnt know and I have to say its got me thinking why I ride a bike and weather its time to sell up :O
What colors are your led's ?Already done the LED thing. It helps in some ways but in others not so much. I always remember a story of a SMIDSY crash. The bike was a full-dress Goldwing with 6 headlights on. I've looked drivers in the eye as they pull out of a side road and known they aren't seeing me. Those few pounds of fatty grey mush we call a brain is a long way from precise engineering. Load pipes and bright lights help but however much we try to make things idiot-proof nature will always evolve a better idiot.
You don't get it.Probably should take this off into it's own thread or resurrect the old ones on the subject from way back when. Anyway, white. Anything over 6000K isn't road legal and it's a waste of time anyway since the actual usable part fo the spectrum is already dropping off by that point.
All good and well.Tolkien said "it doesn't do to leave the dragon out of your equation if he lives next door". We absolutely must be aware of anything which can turn on us and that includes oncoming traffic. Could you have seen the upcoming intersection and asked yourself, " are there any potential dangers ahead? And then decided that i will adjust my speed so that i am either before or after intersection when that car is in a position to potentially turn (assuming that cars don't turn left on spite, turning to to go straight into the woods or off road in front of you).
Constantly scanning the road and talking yourself through what happens up ahead, never falling into the death trap of being a mere passenger on your own bike.
And critically asking yourself, "what could/should i have done differently?).
I know this sounds a bit provocative, but this mindset will reduce the likelihood for you and me being added to the smashed insects on the front of a car.
Ask yourself, " what would i have done differently if i had had another 3 seconds added just the split millisecond before the impact?"
"I would have slowed down, i would have changed position, i would have accelerated"
Take control, dont be a passenger.
Same goes at red lights. You stand first in line, engine running. Now, is that car approaching from behind going to stop? Do i need to get the hell out of the way. This is no time to sit in neutral being a sitting duck. As long as you are on the bike in traffic, "you are driving". Be aware, be active. Be safe and alive.