Tips to Improve Your Harley's Visibility

Tips to Improve Your Harley's Visibility

by Chris Rutter December 10, 2020

When you're riding your Harley, you want other drivers to see you so they don't end up crashing into your bike. To avoid getting sideswiped or having a car pull out unexpectedly in front of you, it's a good idea to make your Harley as visible as possible while you're riding.

Save yourself from wrecks and injuries by taking steps to improve your Harley-Davidson's visibility when you're out on the road. There are a few tips experienced Harley riders follow that you can use to increase your safety while you ride. Additionally, there are some lighting products you can invest in to take your bike's visibility to the next level.

 Top Tips for Improving Your Harley's Visibility [list]

Top Tips for Improving Your Harley's Visibility

Making yourself easy to see while riding your Harley starts with implementing a few visibility tips that safety-conscious Harley riders use. You can do a lot to improve how visible your bike is, such as tapping your brakes when stopping and wearing more reflective clothing. Find out more about the tips for improving your Harley's visibility below:

1. Tap Brakes When Stopping

When you're getting ready to stop, give your brakes a tap or two before you bring your bike to a full stop. The flashing brake light can draw more attention to your bike and alert drivers behind you that they need to slow down. This flashing can prevent you from getting rear-ended, as it signals to a driver they need to be paying more attention to what's in front of them.

2. Use High Beams During the Day

While you're not going to put your high beams on at night, as they could be blinding to other drivers, it's sometimes a good idea to put them on during the day for greater visibility. Flipping your high beams on can help other drivers notice you faster. Before you start riding with them on, make sure to look at your local laws to ensure it's legal to ride with your high beams on during the day. 

3. Wear a Noticeable Helmet

When you ride at night, you'll want to ditch a dark helmet. You can make your Harley more noticeable by wearing a helmet that's bright and easy to see in the dark. To make the helmet even more noticeable, place reflective tape on it. The tape does an excellent job of reflecting light and making you more visible to other drivers.

4. Add Bright Riding Gear to Your Wardrobe

Just like your helmet, the clothes you wear on your bike should be highly visible, especially when you're on the road at night. Bright clothes are a good idea, and a reflective vest is even better. These vests come with bright colors and features that make the wearer more visible, especially at night when headlights hit them.

5. Consider Environmental Conditions

Before you hit the road, take a moment to consider the conditions you'll be riding in. If you're going to run into heavy rain or drive when it's not very bright, such as at night, dusk or dawn, you likely want to take those conditions into account before you ride. After evaluating these factors, you can do a better job of outfitting yourself and your bike with the right clothing or reflective products to ensure you're as visible as possible. 

6. Avoid Blind Spots

When you're riding your bike, you can benefit from positioning the bike properly. Usually, the best position you can be in is to be in the left third of your lane or the middle of it. These positions make you much more visible to other drivers and give them a better chance to see you in their side mirrors.

7. Use Your Turn Signals

While this might be an obvious tip, many riders decide that turn signals don't apply to them. Start using your turn signal more often to make your bike more visible when you go to make a turn. The flashing light will get attention and warn others you're going in a new direction. Even when you might not think you need a turn signal, use it to get yourself in a habit so you don't forget when you'd really need it.

8. Don't Be Afraid of Your Horn

Beeping your horn at the right time can help you get the attention of drivers. If you notice a car starting to encroach on your lane, beep your horn to get their attention. Of course, avoid overusing it as it can be annoying to other drivers and result in road rage.

9. Invest in Lighting Products

Motorcycle visibility lights can be one of the most useful investments you can make for your safety. LED lights can make your headlights much brighter and help others see you from a distance. They also help you see potential hazards on the road when it's dark, allowing you to adjust accordingly. 

Light Products to Improve Your Harley's Visibility

Light Products to Improve Your Harley's Visibility

Various lighting products on the market can help a Harley owner improve their visibility on the road. At Fat Head Cycles, we stock a range of lighting products designed to enhance your visibility at night. Check out some of our top products below:

  • LED headlamps: There are several LED headlamps available for purchase that you can easily install on your bike for greater visibility. For example, the TruBEAM® Headlamp is a premier LED headlamp that features halo rings around each headlight and exceptional lighting. A ProBEAM® Headlamp is also a great option, as it comes with three high-powered advanced optical D lenses and a position light. These features produce an incredible beam pattern and excellent visibility for your bike.
  • LED turn inserts: When you invest in LED technology for your Harley, you make the back of your bike more visible, especially when you turn. With ProBEAM® LED Turn Signals, you get automotive-grade LEDs featuring reflector technology. They also feature a wider viewing angle and a brighter light output to improve how noticeable your bike is while taking turns.
  • LED lighting kits:If you really want to make your bike visible, you can invest in Harley-Davidson Fusion LED lighting systems. Both the Fusion Stage 1 and Fusion Stage 2 Fusion LED lighting systems brighten up your motorcycle from the front all the way to the back. A variety of light strips are placed on the bike to light it up in different colors and make yourself more visible as you ride. 

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Choose Fat Head Cycles for Your Lighting Needs

At Fat Head Cycles, we're ready to help you find the best lighting product fit for your needs. Alongside our lighting products, we also offer many other items, such as audio systems, performance upgrades and accessories on our online store. Browse our selection of Harley-Davidson custom lighting products today. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Chris Rutter
Chris Rutter


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