Monday, November 16, 2009

Lights, Action!

9 comments:

ren said...

Looking great, M!
It's good to see a success end to a project, eh?
I hope you still get some warmish days to enjoy the lights.

Steve said...

Dazzling, they will definately see you coming.

I'm curious to know if they provide more good, useable light at night, too. I find myself riding in the dark almost every time the bike is out now that the days are shorter.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson said...

Yes, exactly my question: Will they increase vision at night? (Since they've been installed, sad to say, I've only been out once, and that was during the day.) The only other person I know who runs these lights also has HID auxiliary lights that would light a football field for night play--so he's not exactly able to say. The Motolights are exclipsed by the sun he carries around with him.

But I'm planning on finding out this weekend, cold or no.

Scotty in Devon said...

Extra lights are always good. About the ONLY good thing about my GSX250 that I rode in 1985 was the two spotlights attached to crash bars.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson said...

Oops (of sorts): I discovered the lights need to be directed a bit upwards--one reason they don't look that much brighter than the headlight in this pic, though they definitely are. I'll need to wait till my Enabler is around again: the guy's so strong I can't undo a bolt he's torqued down.

Steve said...

All good things take a little fine tuning. At least it didn't fall off!

Kevin G. said...

The configuration of your Motolights is perfect.Their low positioning may cause some to say "Here comes Twinkletoes". But they WILL SEE YOU COMING!
I(just this week)read a post on a forum relating to my particular bike, from a fellow rider who while in his car, made a left turn in front of a motorbike. There was still two car lengths between them upon completion of his turn. But he was rather deflated to admit that the single headlight of the approaching bike, from half a block away, had appeared to be a street light;looking to be roughly the same size and color.That was his perception after a quick glance in the darkness. Which is more consideration than we are given, at times.You don't have to be able to land planes with these lights in order for them to save your life.I think I'll be investing in a set of these.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson said...

I hear you, Kevin. All I know is what I see--or, rather, don't see at night anymore: I am worse and worse at gauging the speed of oncoming vehicles by their lights. Maybe it is an entirely fictional feeling of improved safety having these lights, but, hey, I'll take it. Conspicuity is a lot, but not everything: would that an orange vest could save one from a diesel spill, say. Then I'd look like a traffic cone going down the road, every day.

Kevin G. said...

There are countless others ( yourself included) who may have forgotten more about motorcycling than I will ever learn. And there is always an answer for every safety concern.But one's confidence and comfort level with assumed risks and the checks and balances for anticipated hazards; these are always personal decisions. Believing as I try to (most of the time)that, "if you're born to drown then you will never be hanged",then it becomes pretty basic.I prepare for and focus on the things that I can control and try not to worry about all the rest.