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« on: January 31, 2011, 09:33:59 PM »

Recently I took a trip of 180 odd kms through NH 34 till Krishnanagar and then to Katwa in Burdwan district via Nabadwip. It was single lane highway all through. I rode with the headlights on and I actually felt a lot safer.

The oncoming vehicles particularly the larger ones in overtaking mode, were clearly  noticing me and made way for me to pass through. On quite a few occassion I noticed that unmindful jaywalkers, particualrly children were noticing the headlight and moved away in time without me having to blow them away with my horn (I had added a louder horn just for this kind of situations on highway).

The only flip side is anyone and everyone including pedestrians, drivers, riders waving wildly at me just to indicate that I was riding with headlights on during daytime. However this also meant that other road users were noticing me. This was good for my own safety.

I did the same thing in my last ride to Sunderban through Basanti highway which is also a single lane with same results.

I have heard that lot of accidents happen on open roads in broad daylight where bikers were hit by oncoming vehicles. Research had shown that the drivers simply "did not see" the oncoming motorcyclist. This is crazy but true. On long drives and on straight roads drivers seem to loose attention and motorcycles just goes out of the vision untill the last moment when it becomes to late to avoid collision. Bright clothing does help but a glowing headlight is much better attention seeker.

The learning is it is good to ride with headlights on during daytime on single lane highway. You can be seen from far off.

I believe in advanced countries this is a mandate for motorcyclists to ride with their headlights on all the time. The bikes are built so that the headlight comes on the moment you turn on the ignition key.

Seeking views / experiences of other bikers on this.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 10:59:08 PM »

Yeah, its always safe n better to keep HL on while riding in Daylight. It's always also easier to track co-riders following us whenever we ride in groups.

I had been to NY twice and you are right that "the bikes are built so that the headlight comes on the moment you turn on the ignition key". It's because they are allowed to ride on National Highways and the other big vehicles notice them...
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 11:41:38 PM »

I drive/ride with my head-lamps 'on' on the high-ways.

In most Scandinavian countries where the weather is gloomy/wet and dark, it was mandatory to build Cars in such a way that as soon as the ignition was switched on, the Car's parking (a bit powerful) would ignite.

That is why we nowadays see, Audis having daytime running lights (DLR's)

Motorcycles for visibility purposes are designed such as their low beam will get activated once you switch on the ignition.

Some state in South-India have made it mandatory for 2 wheelers to switch on their lamps. (can't recall the state)

Its a good habit Sasen. I too practice the same.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 11:47:26 AM »

itz a very good practice to have o long highway rides...and as Insane Rider pointed out...it helps keeping trail incase ur riding in a group...!!
but remember to keep ur lights off in bumper to bumper traffic, as in broad daylight many drivers cannot follow the brightness of ur tail lamp while applying brakes and u may end up being crashed from behind!!

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 10:12:39 AM »

I believe in advanced countries this is a mandate for motorcyclists to ride with their headlights on all the time. The bikes are built so that the headlight comes on the moment you turn on the ignition key.

Seeking views / experiences of other bikers on this.

I don't know if it is a mandate here BUT the headlights do come on when we turn on the ignition.  I ride with my high beams on ALL the time, better to be safe than to be sorry.

On a total aside, I always think of myself as a ghost when I am riding.  I assume no one sees me, so far I haven't become a part of "sorry, I didn't see you buddy" statistic.

Ride safe, later.

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2011, 10:08:57 PM »

even when we go for solo or group rides we keep our head lights on to avoid any risk factor.

It does make people stare at you in a very odd manner and asking you to turn it off. Smiley

@mbharat : ya, it almost mandate; same in ninja 250
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 11:44:42 AM »

A daytime running lamp (DRL, also daylight running lamp or daytime running light) is an automotive lighting device on the front of a roadgoing motor vehicle, installed in pairs, automatically switched on when the vehicle is moving forward, emitting white, yellow, or amber light to increase the conspicuity of the vehicle during daylight conditions.

Daytime running lights
Daytime running lights (DRLs) are bright white or
yellow forward-facing lights that improve the
forward conspicuity of vehicles in the daytime. They
are intended to increase the chance of other road
users seeing the approach of the vehicle.
Four main types of DRLs are currently in use:
a) low-beam headlights that illuminate when the
vehicle is started
b) dimmed high beam headlights - the voltage to the
high-beam headlights is regulated so that they have
greatly reduced intensity
c) dedicated lights with a defined beam pattern and
light intensity
d) increased intensity yellow turn signals. These
illuminate constantly until the turn signal control is
activated and then they flash on one side.
In each case the vehicle is usually wired so that the
DRLs illuminate whenever the engine is running.
DRLs that do not utilise low-beam headlights must
deactivate whenever normal headlights come on.
In the case of motorcycles DRLs are almost always
low-beam headlights.

Apart from the Ninja250 . I wish even Yamaha launch with Stock Drl with Upcoming Models ( MiniSuperBikes )


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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2011, 01:19:26 AM »

Absolutely valid in our Indian highways. Very useful when you are behind vehicles and will easily get noticed in the rear-view mirror, so they help you overtaking in a jiff.

Have always used in NH, whether or not there is a bright sun above.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 01:20:35 AM »

Additional note: Read in some magazine that riding with headlights ON is illegal in India. But running with a 'pilot lamp' is not illegal Smiley

Needs validation though...
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012, 11:21:39 PM »

thankx 4 d  IDEA mate..... H_ _ _ L _ _ _ _ T   2  b always ONNNNNN..... THANKX  AGAIN..
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2012, 01:36:48 PM »

indeed it is.. i've also herd about the same.. in some countries driving with headlight on is there... thats why in many foreign made bikes you can see there are no extra switch for the headlamp to turn on/off.... i still has a doubt coz i haven't seen all the sports bike/super bikes, but saw few of them with this way....
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2012, 07:29:37 PM »

I almost always ride with my Dazzy's low beam on (Dazzler, sadly, does not have pilot lights) during daytime.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2012, 05:45:23 PM »

Keep headlights On is a positive factor for a safe drive.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 03:05:28 PM »

Yes it is safe.... But what about keeping lights on high beam.... do you really feel safe riding on high beam on two lane highway like NH17 in the night? I really don't.
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2014, 06:09:06 PM »

High beam in the night - we need it driving about 50 KMPH, else we can't see the upcoming road curves or anyone crossing the highways - considering there are no road lights in most of the NHs. But, a BIG BUT - the old age courtesy of dimming the light is fading away these days. I remember when my 60 year old uncle dim the light in night drives on highways, the moment he senses an oncoming vehicle. This age is lazy and greedy, and not to mention dangerous.
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