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Offline francois.viljoen

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Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:10:00 pm »
It's baffled me ever since I first saw it. I can't see the usefulness it just looks ugly.

So please enlighten me.

Why do so many adventure bikers fit yellow or orange filters over their headlamps?
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 11:12:10 pm »
it makes the sun reflect at a 32 degree angle to the earth in order for the fairies to produce moon dust
 

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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 11:14:27 pm »
Makes the light stand out during the day by making it different to others around you

just causes other road users to look twice and thus spot you bike easier, thus making the road a bit safer for yourself on the bike

or at least that is the theory
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 01:20:07 am »
FV and MDT, it seems that you havent been around the block to long?

Lycan is quite right on saying that it make the bike much more visible to other road users.
During day driving, even with your headlight on, the light blends in.

You wanna be much more visible to oncoming vehicles. Thus the orange covers. More visible to others, the more you stay safer, the longer you live to tell your kids bed time stories.
Or now these days, LED spots seem to add more attention.
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 03:52:25 am »
FV and MDT, it seems that you havent been around the block to long?

Lycan is quite right on saying that it make the bike much more visible to other road users.
During day driving, even with your headlight on, the light blends in.

You wanna be much more visible to oncoming vehicles. Thus the orange covers. More visible to others, the more you stay safer, the longer you live to tell your kids bed time stories.
Or now these days, LED spots seem to add more attention.


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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 05:33:22 am »
Some  might insist that orange is the best biking colour :peepwall:
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 06:21:20 am »
When you go on gravel, one of the rules is to look out for the rider behind you. with the dust around the yellow light is more visible through the dust.

Why y/o head lamps? To be visible whether on- or off-road.
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 06:38:10 am »
Off-road racing cars have yellow lights facing backwards.  And that is the first thing you see when approaching from the rear.  Same with a misty mountain pass.  Yellow lights approaching are seen way before anything else. Go ride, and look around.  You will soon be convinced.... :thumleft:
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2013, 06:45:56 am »
Makes the light stand out during the day by making it different to others around you

just causes other road users to look twice and thus spot you bike easier, thus making the road a bit safer for yourself on the bike

or at least that is the theory

I commute by car and although I am bike aware, I sometimes get surprised by bikes without the covers.  Never with a orange cover 2c
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 06:59:33 am »
 The only bikers I do not see in my rear view mirror are those without covers over their headlamps. You can see a bike for miles in the early morning coming from behind,the orange/yellow stands out way better.
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 07:18:52 am »
it makes the sun reflect at a 32 degree angle to the earth in order for the fairies to produce moon dust
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 07:26:08 am »
FV and MDT, it seems that you havent been around the block to long?

Lycan is quite right on saying that it make the bike much more visible to other road users.
During day driving, even with your headlight on, the light blends in.

You wanna be much more visible to oncoming vehicles. Thus the orange covers. More visible to others, the more you stay safer, the longer you live to tell your kids bed time stories.
Or now these days, LED spots seem to add more attention.


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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 07:29:31 am »
Because we can...... :imaposer: :eek7: :patch:
 

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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2013, 07:35:55 am »
it makes the sun reflect at a 32 degree angle to the earth in order for the fairies to produce moon dust
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 07:38:20 am »
If it makes bikes more visible, why does it seem like more bikes are being not seen than ever before? Check the amount of bike mishaps lately?!
 

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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2013, 07:45:49 am »
Some  might insist that orange is the best biking colour :peepwall:


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Offline Hamilton

Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2013, 07:58:25 am »
It stands to reason that if you have an orange cover, it must go on the headlight. Where else would you put it?  :pot:
 

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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2013, 07:59:07 am »
FV and MDT, it seems that you havent been around the block to long?

Lycan is quite right on saying that it make the bike much more visible to other road users.
During day driving, even with your headlight on, the light blends in.

You wanna be much more visible to oncoming vehicles. Thus the orange covers. More visible to others, the more you stay safer, the longer you live to tell your kids bed time stories.
Or now these days, LED spots seem to add more attention.


I live on a farm so we dont have blocks

 The orange cover on my KTM is to make it look more orange. I think a blue cover would look nice with your ST and then you can do some VIP transport in your free time
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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2013, 08:15:19 am »
it makes the sun reflect at a 32 degree angle to the earth in order for the fairies to produce moon dust


And the moon dust goes into the car driver's eyes, and he cannot see the biker?
 

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Re: Why yellow/orange head lamps?
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2013, 08:23:18 am »
If it makes bikes more visible, why does it seem like more bikes are being not seen than ever before? Check the amount of bike mishaps lately?!
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I think a lot of the mishaps can't be blamed entirely on the cagers, the way i see some bikers riding through traffic in the mornings i'm  supprised there isn't more mishaps on the roads
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