The topic of discussion for those in attendance was motorcycle safety and the weekend deer crash by Donna and Ron. After attending over a dozen of these gatherings, this is the first time anyone has discussed safety. Its too bad that something like this has to happen before we take the time to talk safety.
The consensus among the group of about 10 riders - half of which had ridden for more than 20 years - was this:
- Deer are unpredictable. Always be on the look out for them and during late afternoons and evenings, slow down in typical deer areas; 30 mph tops unless you're following car traffic.
- Deer whistles may or may not work. If you have an extra $5 for a non-electric model or an extra $75 - $100 for an electric one, put one on your bike. But follow point #1.
- Review the ride rules before each ride. Put your pride or your sensitivity away.
- If the ride is lengthy take frequent breaks. Fatigue leads to inattention.
And, I found at least one other rider that doesn't like to ride with his high beams on during the day- says the high beams remove the motorcycle's silhouette and judging speed and distance is difficult for drivers. I tend to agree. Better to put additional or auxiliary lighting on a bike.
Got any other suggestions?