In my previous installment of Risky Business, I looked at being vigilant and acutely aware of the hazards when riding on the street. This time let’s take a look from the other perspective, making yourself visible to other vehicles on the streets with you.
How often have you heard someone involved in an crash say “I never saw the other driver, rider, etc”. More often that you would think, this is actually a true statement. The driver may have actually been looking right at motorcycle and their brain never registered the bike as an object to avoid or be concerned with.
Drivers can get used to just looking for cars and other hazards on the road. Let’s face it, motorcycles just aren’t as plentiful on the roads as cars and trucks. It’s hard for some motorcyclists to understand this but as riders, we often take note of other bikes. Being on a bike seems to make us “tuned in” to see other bikes where drivers of cars simply aren’t.
So what can one do as a rider to mitigate this phenomenon? Let’s learn how to be seen. The following are some ways to improve your visibility on the road.
Today webBikeWorld has published my review of the CSC TT250 dual sport motorcycle. You might recall my first look at this bike right after got it home a few weeks ago. Now that we’ve had some time to spend with it and taken photos, we’ve got a full first impression review of the TT250.
These Chinese sourced bikes may get some sideways looks from the motorcycling community here in the United States and I get it. Taking the plunge into these very affordable machines can come can come with certain risks.
I think what CSC is doing here with their bikes is taking steps to reduce the risks by offering parts and good customer service. One does pay a premium for one of their bikes over what one might get from other online Chinese motorcycle/scooter dealers but that cost includes some peace of mind.
For the price ($2,195.00 USD) you are still getting quite a deal for a new 250cc motorcycle (229.9cc actually) and you have a one year, unlimited mileage warranty. Not too shabby, but does it work? Hit the link below to find out.
Check out the full review.
LED lighting has been a very popular add-on / upgrade for motorcycles for years now. They have often been used in “strings” to add accent lighting which may or may not be “your thing” (it is not mine). They also have been implemented as replacements and/or upgrades for turn signals, brake lights, running lights and in some cases even headlights.
I recently installed LED lights on my Ninja 1000 in my turn signal and running lights replacing the factory incandescent bulbs. I did this in the hopes of increasing visibility of my turn signals and my bike overall. So how did they do?