Without a steel structure surrounding them, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury or death if they become involved in a highway crash. A motorcycle is a small object that motorists do not always see, and many riders seek ways to make their bikes more visible.
Adding auxiliary driving lights is one way to increase safety, but riders should consider certain points before making a purchase. Not all lights are suitable for all bikes.
Consider the age of your bike
If you have a fairly new touring bike or cruiser, it may already have auxiliary lights of some kind equipped or there is a set available to you as a dealer option. Older bikes like small cruisers and sport models usually do not have them. The good news is that today’s auxiliary lights are affordable. It is just a matter of choosing the kind you want and whether they fit with your bike.
Think about your objective
Why do you want to add illumination? Is it to be more visible during the day? Is it to see better at night? There are two main varieties of auxiliary driving lights. One set provides a short but wide sweep, normally a 30- to 35-degree spread, to enhance your low-beam headlight. The other set projects a longer, narrower light, usually about 20 degrees, to supplement the long-range high-beam pattern. Lights with a wide pattern will help you see whatever is present at the side of the road, like a deer or someone jogging. The narrower, more concentrated light helps you see what is in the roadway in front of you. You cannot go wrong with either lighting approach. Adding lights of any kind to the front of your motorcycle will always help oncoming vehicles to see you.
Cutting down the danger
No one wants to think about the horrendous injuries that bikers might suffer in the event of a crash. It is no secret that a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous kinds of transportation there is – but also the most fun. You can take some of the risks out of motorcycle riding with well-placed auxiliary lights.