Since we are getting into the warmer months and more of you may start riding at night I thought a thread with some tips from those of us with lots of night time riding experience might make your experience slightly safer.
Here are my tips for safer nighttime driving
1. Slow Down running much over the speed limit guarantees that for most riders that you are over riding your lights
2. Riding slower gives you more safety due to reduced stopping distances and better headlight projection in your braking envelope
3. If you can afford them get a good set of aux lights or convert to HID . I have run many typed of aux lights on my bikes and the rule is the better and bigger the reflector the better the light down the road.
4. If you are riding with a pal on a road with 2 lanes going your direction get your buddy to ride beside you and with both sets of hi-beams on you will have much better vision. Watch out for cars coming up from behind
5. A daylight object on the road is way more dangerous at night. Example: Riding north form Laguna Seca in the heat 2 years ago we came upon a blue 3 piece sofa mid lane on I - 5
6. Eye Drops - Something like Thera-Tears is a good thing to keep your eyes from getting too tired
7. A Red Bull in the tank bag - while I don't encourage riding while tired having an emergency Red Bull can be a quick energy boost till you get somewhere for a nap
8. Flashlight and glow sticks - IF you break down be noticed and see the problem
9. Reflective vest or gear