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Beware of trailers in the dark!

So I decide to ride to work this morning. The weather is a little iffy, but should be fine. I leave the house and it is a nice cool morning...feels really good. Pull out of the neighborhood and go to make my first left at the light. I slowed down to wait for oncoming traffic and then started to turn left as the Ford F150 passed through the intersection...OH SH*T...he is pulling a trailer!

I locked up the front brakes and went down on the left side in the middle of the intersection. There was no traffic behind him, so that wasn't a problem. A guy stopped at the red light got out to help me. I made sure I was OK and took off. As I started down the street I noticed that I couldn't downshift very well, so I turned around and rode home. After a quick survey it looks like I just scratched the new engine guards and hand guards. I didn't see any other cosmetic damage, but the shifter is bent a little bit and hitting the linkage (easy fix).

ATGATT...I scratched up my shield (another one), but couldn't find anything but minor scrapes on my riding suit. My knee is bruised and ankle is tweaked a little bit. No broken skin or road rash! WEAR YOUR GEAR! AND WATCH OUT FOR TRAILERS IN THE DARK!!! I didn't see the light coming around the tail lights until I was almost on top of it.

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Glad you're alright, lucky you didn't give it a bit more juice!

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Glad you are OK, and thanks for sharing your experience. Will definitely be watching for those now.
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Glad to hear you are OK. ATGATT!

I hate intersections.

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Glad you and the V are alright! Those trailers can be a pain!!


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Really dangerous

I've had some close calls with trailers at night. Our local law enforcement doesn't pay much attention to them. Many don't have lights and though it's required, no tag. The worst offenders seem to be the landscapers with the big utility trailers loaded with lawn and garden equipment. I've met several at night with the nearly invisible trailer hanging a good two feet over the yellow line. I make it a habit to ride slightly to the right of of the center of my lane and it's probably saved me a few times.
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Just hauled both bikes on my trailer, I had it rewired for new lights, reflective Semi Rig Tape in many places ( red/white ). I really want it to be seen day and night and hope I did a good job. If you have a tip for me to make my trailer safer for everybody, I really would like to hear it.

Also glad nothing major happend to you,

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Intersections are by far the most dangerous place in traveling. My UPS driver training taught me that at an intersection stop, wait a few extra seconds after a light change. Let traffic fully clear the intersection. Also this lets ars holes the want to beat the light get through. Give yourself extra time at intersections.

Good to know you're ok, and came away from your spill with little damage. Your riding gear I'm sure helped minimized the damage. I never ride without a helmet or armor jacket.

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I own a motorcycle hauling trailer, a small sailboat trailer, and a 5'x8' utility trailer. I store them outside, beside my garage, year round. Each winter I have had rodents chew off the insulation from the wires, and shorting out the trailer lights on my trailers.

Does anyone know a good (cheap) source for some kind of sheathing to enclose the lighting wires on my trailers?

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I own a motorcycle hauling trailer, a small sailboat trailer, and a 5'x8' utility trailer. I store them outside, beside my garage, year round. Each winter I have had rodents chew off the insulation from the wires, and shorting out the trailer lights on my trailers.

Does anyone know a good (cheap) source for some kind of sheathing to enclose the lighting wires on my trailers?

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Not sure about the price, but go to Lowes or home depot and look at the electrical section. They have wiring in a flexible metal tubing ( Don't know what it's called) Or if you have a Harbor Freight, they are pretty fair in prices.

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Good to know you're ok, and came away from your spill with little damage. Your riding gear I'm sure helped minimized the damage. I never ride without a helmet or armor jacket.
I never ride without gear. My minimum is helmet, armored jacket, gloves, riding boots and kevlar jeans. I usually wear armored overpants, instead of the kevlar jeans. The only damage I could find to my gear was a small scuff on the knee of the overpants and a scratched up visor...sure am glad I had on a full face helmet.

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Not sure about the price, but go to Lowes or home depot and look at the electrical section. They have wiring in a flexible metal tubing ( Don't know what it's called) Or if you have a Harbor Freight, they are pretty fair in prices.
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