We’re not pointing fingers or making fun; riding at night presents a whole new set of challenges but we’re curious if you prefer avoiding night time motorcycle riding or if it doesn’t bother you.

Do you prefer to avoid night riding?

Yes – I prefer to avoid riding at night whenever possible.
Nope – Day or night doesn’t bother me.


  • slowtire

    The only thing that “makes the Victory Octane a Modern American Musclebike” is Polaris calling it that.

  • Kevin Duke

    “The guys at ‘Car Fix’ couldn’t have found a better challenger to go up against Lou’s Mustang.” Um…

    • John A. Stockman

      It’s only being built/modified to drag race, not to make sure it handles better. This is what happens when “car” guys do motorcycles, not much of a clue that the dynamic requires enough cornering clearance/lean angle so it goes around corners efficiently w/o trying to lever the tire off the tarmac or grind away hard parts. Also means decent suspension travel, front and especially rear, so you can actually ride it and not have your spine & tailbone pummeled. Zimmerman is a talented person and his fabrication skills are well known, he does terrific work. Stick with cars. I’ve seen the various attempts when these types of car shows try to do motorcycles, even shows that have spun off their own motorcycle shows. Surprisingly not one has ever lasted because they all think people want v-twins in choppers.

  • 12er

    With secondary lighting I love riding at night, standard headlights, not so much.

  • fzrider

    I avoid the night. There are things in there. Bad things. You can’t see them, you can’t dodge them, they see you but they’re stupid. They will knock you down and run away. They will not even look back. Avoid the night…

  • Paragon Lost

    Love riding at night actually. It’s relaxing to me, less traffic, less heat etc.

    • Mahatma

      I find almost zen-like to ride at night.Love the experience.Less jerks out at that time too.

      • Paragon Lost

        Zen-like would be a great term for it. 🙂

      • toomanycrayons

        Bugs and deer can be jerks. They really only come out at night in large numbers around here. Rain and hail can be sneaky, too. You never see the one that, and so forth. I think Edgar Winter had a song about riding at night back in the day. Everything is Zen until it isn’t: THUMP!

        : https://youtu.be/B6KihYDw_hA

      • therr850

        Maybe less jerks but not fewer drunks. Be careful and may you have a pocket full of safe miles. (I too like night rides)

  • Gruf Rude

    Aging has wrecked my night vision and here in the intermountain west, deer, elk and moose wander the roads at night. I quit riding at dusk and I don’t start until the sun is up for awhile.

  • lennon2017

    The emergence of LED and generally high-lumens bulbs in stock automobiles has increased eye strain and glare, forcing a compromise from my end of using smoke visors or sunglasses, causing more cautionary riding because of the saddening state of many road surfaces and debris on them.

  • Y.A.

    Yea, no thanks. I just got a helmet with a transitions shield too, but I guess as I get older my appetite for risk is diminishing.

    • toomanycrayons

      That’s why you’re getting older.

  • BDan75

    I like riding at night, but anymore there are just too many deer–and at certain times of the year, deer carcasses–in this part of the country.

    Straw that broke the camel’s back for me was following a car on freeway at 70+. It swerved last-second to avoid a dead deer in the lane that I had no way of seeing. I had essentially zero time to react. If I’d been riding another foot or two left in the lane, I’m sure I’d have done an end-over-end and would probably be dead or seriously messed up. As it was, I had blood on my pant leg from brushing the animal as I passed. That shook me up, and since then I’ve avoided it except when absolutely necessary, or just around town.

    Vote thing didn’t work for me, for some reason.

    • toomanycrayons

      “Vote thing didn’t work for me, for some reason.”

      I’m waiting for the light to get better.

  • SRMark

    I’ve hit 4 deer with my car. Missed 3 with the bike by a total of maybe a foot. That was in the daytime. I don’t ride at night. I am surrounded by woods. It’s beautiful. I’d not live anywhere else. It’s plenty dangerous riding the back roads in the day time. I saw a small herd of deer try to run across the interstate a while back. The moderate traffic went everywhere. Three deer were killed. I was on a bike and managed to pull over to the shoulder and avoid it all. Messy. It’s just too dangerous to be on a bike at night around here.

    • toomanycrayons

      I’ve read the the solution is to duck and aim for the middle. Uh huh?

      TV was invent so I wouldn’t ride at night. Kellyanne Conway told me that in a dream. Have I ever lied to you before?

  • Gruf Rude

    When one of the top motorcycle safety writers of our generation died riding into a deer at night, it confirmed me in my decision to avoid nighttime rides.

    • Jon Jones

      Indeed, that was so very tragic and telling.

    • therr850

      The worse part was, he predicted it would be a deer that would take him out. I do still ride after sunset. Especially in the heat of summer just for the cooler temperatures.


    I will ride at night but I don’t actively seek to do so. Same for rain.

  • John B.

    I ride at night in the big city on a regular basis because we have well-lit streets and highways in Big D. When out in the country, however, I avoid night riding mostly because of deer.

    A couple years ago, a blowout delayed my return trip from Colorado by several hours. As a result, I had to ride about three hours at night in a pitch black valley. Out of nowhere, I saw a deer head about 12 inches from my left saddle bag. The deep missed me by inches, but it scared the heck out of me. The speed limit was 65, but I rode 45 the rest of the way, Of course, hitting a deer at 45 on a dark secluded road isn’t something I would like to contemplate.

    • Gruf Rude

      Back when I was litigating I had to return from Newcastle Wyoming in a car just as the sun was setting. Counted 120+ deer next to the road in the first half hour before I stopped counting. Riding after dark in that country would be suicide.

    • fzrider

      I used to take pretty long day rides to reach twisty road country then return home to the straight stretches of Illinois. As night settled in, I always was conflicted. Is it better to move up behind a car for “protection” (and the extra light) or ride alone in the dark? Eventually I stopped that type of trip simply because the news carried so many “car strikes deer” stories.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    I don’t ride at night unless I have to. Can’t see things that can cause a bike to go down. Returning from the 1986 Daytona Bike Week to TX on a non-stop 23 hour ride, stopped near the intersection of I-10 and I-12 near New Orleans under a freeway light to look at the map but didn’t see the curb because of construction. The Harley went down crashing my right knee. Regardless, kept on riding through the night reaching home next morning at 10:30am after completing 1228 miles. On the KTM 1190 R I have auxiliary lights but at night it is tough to read the terrain with rocks, pot holes and bushes casting dark shadows across off-camber twisty trails.

  • mugwump

    No! Couldn’t vote. North of I 90, I know too many people who’ve hit deer on bikes. For 10 years I commuted 160 miles a day. I collected half a dozen, not counting a couple that ran into the side of the car. Dodging turkeys in daylight is bad enough.

    • Gruf Rude

      “Dodging turkeys” brought back memories! Black Hills early morning and a flock took flight as I crested a rise; gigantic bird just brushed my helmet as I buried my head behind the windscreen of my R100RS. Few minutes later just outside Hill City I rounded a corner and found myself in a herd of Bighorn Sheep! A little jostling of my fairing and then they all broke right and scrambled up a steep hillside. Early morning and dusk can be VERY exciting but at least you can SEE what almost killed you.

  • Ozzy Mick

    Nope, night riding for recreation is not for me. Too many unseeables on the road surface and, while you have deer, we have kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, wild turkey, bats…
    On long country rides, we always try to arrive at our destination before dusk, when it’s feeding time.

  • fzrider

    My brother related a story that scared me pretty much. After a long ride across a couple of states I met him for dinner and after following him to his house after dark he said he was reminded of the night he almost killed a motorcyclist. He’d just got off work, it was dark. He lives in a rural area and travels several back roads to get home. He pulled up to a stop sign and looked left and saw nothing. He looked right and saw a car approximately a quarter mile away. He pulled out and immediately heard squealing tires. The motorcycle avoided him, but the call was so close they both stopped. The “car” he saw was actually the motorcycle with two round headlights just inches apart. Why was he reminded of that story?… My motorcycle, at night, looked exactly like the one he almost hit.

  • TC

    Reasons not to ride at night:
    Can’t see the road surface.
    Can’t see the wildlife.
    Headlights don’t light up the road far enough.
    Car headlight glare will blind you.
    The drunks are out.

  • allworld

    It really isn’t my skill level or ability to ride at night that is the factor.
    In rural areas it’s the animal;s, in urban areas weekends mostly and some suburbs it’s the drunks.

  • gunny 2shoes

    for me there is nothing more exhilarating than screaming through the darkness, i don’t do it alot, no woods, and say my prayers.

  • RyYYZ

    I’ll ride at night if I need to, but generally avoid it.
    I ride for the pleasure of it, either of watching the scenery go by, or of riding through corners aggressively. Neither of those is really feasible at night, so it’s not really my thing.

  • Bubba Blue

    Riding at night is delightful.

    In both senses.

  • disqus_9GQw44dyM0

    I don’t. Deer have gotten out of control in my area (GA) and frankly, not real fond of hitting a possum or raccoon either. I’m sixty, I felt differently when I was 30. A well known author and teacher of MC riding was killed a few years ago when he hit a deer at night…that got my attention.

  • jmhcycle

    I see a lot of obvious reasons here not to ride at night like Deer and seeing where you are going, but… Last week we lost another two riders to a car turning left in front of the bike. The driver, like most, said he didn’t see the bike coming. At night a motorcycle looks like a street light in the distance to a four wheeler, never assume the right of way or think they see you. Slow down and keep your head on a swivel if you ride at night.

  • Alvin Davenport

    I don’t ride at night for all the reasons already listed. Got hit directly in the visor by a bird while going 75 on I81 at night trying to finish a long interstate trip. Should have just stopped and spent the night. Wouldn’t have had a clue what happened if the bird hadn’t landed in my lap. Felt like a brick at that speed.

  • wolzybk

    I don’t mind night much. It can be very refreshing. I try to avoid dusk and dawn; that’s when a lot of hazardous animals are most active.

  • Erik Gloor

    In the big city it’s less of an issue. But I did pick my route just the other night based on how well-lit the road would be and the likelihood of a deer popping out unexpectedly. Adjust your speed and cover your brake going in to intersections, even if you don’t see anyone there.