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Risky Business – Being Seen

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.

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LED There Be Light – LED Turn Signal Bulbs

inertiaLEDLED 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?

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