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winter riding safety thoughts..

Lucydad

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All,
I took the blue goose out yesterday around 4PM here and there around Sugar Land. Dusk arrives early, but what a beautiful day. However: commuter-school traffic was intense, drivers were in a big hurry, and I saw many cars driving without lights on. Given some of our blind intersections, I found myself struggling to identify some cars. Had one sort of pucker encounter with a black Tesla blowing through major intersection double stop near my house. Was happy not to be in his way. Sheesh. Add in the typical foliage at corners: risky visualization and riding for a motorcycle. And, the cagers are not expecting motorcycles at all. Beautiful time of year to ride, but I am done with dusk timing: sticking to mornings and early afternoon I guess.

YMMV, EOM, be safe out there!
 

MidlifeCrisis

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Those of us who ride in have to no choice. Even then, I try to leave early enough to get ahead of the morning rush hour. In the afternoon, If I can't leave the office before 4, I would quite often stay till 6:30pm, so I don't have to deal with the stop and go on a bike.

I look forward to retirement when I can pick and choose the time of the day to go ride.
 
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Paradise
I leave in the dark every morning. This time of year I get to go home in the dark too. Pay attention and I have found that certain spots are where most of the close calls happen. I route around them whenever possible.
 

Lucydad

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Retirement helps. Beautiful day today, but no riding-- allergies kicked my butt after finishing power washing front driveway yesterday.
 
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With the availability of LED aux lighting, it is easy to get more light out in front of you to be seen. Even the smallest alternators can spare a few amps for LEDs. A single headlight is completely lost in the sea of headlights and foglights of trucks and cars so it is good to add extra output.
 

LaserDave

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I'm really lucky that I can ride during the week when the hills aren't choked with squids and cagers. I'll leave super early northbound on 281 while southbound is a parking lot if I'm doing the short day run, or try to get out to Helotes on 1604/16 before solid rush hour hits. If I can survive those two exits from the metro, I feel pretty good about having a nice day. But if I had to ride in constant traffic and morons in densely populated areas each time, I'd sell the bikes, or hope for a lotto tickie to get me away from freeways once and for all. YMMV.
 

LaserDave

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Oh, and I haven't been out since July, but 281 north of 1604 is a war zone of construction. I really regretted going that way, and will go up Bulverde next time and cut over at TPC or something like that.
 
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