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Safety reminder for n00bies (and others too)

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by emilmh, May 11, 2006.

  1. Hey,
    Just thought I'd share a recent experiance and also to remind others of a simple safety check.

    To cut a long story short:
    the otherday i got ready to leave for uni on the bike, and unlike all other times, this time i started the bike then closed the garage door after me. (usually i wheel it out, close the door then start the bike) Upon doing this i realised the brake light (not the tail light) was engaged. At first i wasnt sure about it so i called my mum out to check while i worked the headlights, brakes and also the indicators for that matter. Turns out my brake light was engaged at ALL times the bike was on... I dont know how long this has been going on for!??!
    This could have easily turned disasterous as people wouldnt of known when im braking as it was always on!
    I checked it out, and it turned out to be a simple plug that had come undone, once i poped it back in, and taped it together, all was well. :)

    So just a reminder to periodically check your lights! I every now and again check my indicators (cos i can do it when on the bike) but never thought to check the brake light or tail light. i know realise i can reach my hand over the back and see the refelction on it if it works, so its only a few seconds extra but could save you from getting rear ended!

    Stay safe people!
  2. usually i do a weekly check when i wash the bike....
    yes i wash it on a weekely thing
    check chain tension, brake lights and head lights and turning indicators...
    and mufflers bolts...... :LOL: :LOL:
  3. Personally I check the lights etc every time I first start the bike for the day. It takes very little for a globe to blow. All done while the bike warms up and I get my gear on. Old habits die hard. :)
  4. I had a similar problem ages ago, my rear-brake switch was continuously getting stuck on, not the brakes, just the switch...
  5. I tend to check it sitting at traffic lights, just watch the reflections off the vehicle behind.

    If only we could get car drivers to be as attentive. I swear the number of cars getting around now with non-functioning brake lights is increasing. I have occasional bursts of niceness by telling some people, but I told one bloke in traffic a while ago, he looked at me, blew smoke in my face and just said "yeah???" :evil:

    I didn't bother for the next few months, I'd just wish large truck through back windscreen karma on them. Luckily the next person I told was far more appreciative.