First time riding at night - Page 2 - KTM Duke 390 Forum
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post #11 of 11 Old 11-05-2016, 08:44 AM
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In this area of Western Pennsylvania, it is never a good idea to ride at night because of the continual, prolific movement of deer across public roads. It's not unusual to see them in the daytime, either, but at least then they are more visible and a rider has more warning. But Sniper is right: Around rutting season (ie, now) the deer are particularly active both day and night, while the risk for motorcyclists is decidedly increased. I see deer roadkill almost every time I ride. Motorbikes and deer do not coexist well on the road: a toxic brew, best avoided.

That said, the danger from deer is quite locale-specific. When I lived in Maryland, where jtown does most of his riding, it was rare to see deer on the road, whether on the hoof or roadkill. Here, they are everywhere, all the time. So it depends......

In any event, a powerful headlight is an unquestioned asset, day or night.

Cheers, Will

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