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Old 01-19-2017, 06:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Riding at night is crazy. Ask my buddy who hit a deer on the trail at night doin 60. Don't ride at night. The deer are out on the snowmobile trails plus your ability to control the sled has been greatly reduced by darkness.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Riding at night is crazy. Ask my buddy who hit a deer on the trail at night doin 60. Don't ride at night. The deer are out on the snowmobile trails plus your ability to control the sled has been greatly reduced by darkness.

When I first got back into the sport a number of years ago, I was constantly bit*hing about wanting to do a night ride. One day we got turned around due to trail closures, got ourselves all mixed up and didn't make it back to Kingfield until 8-8:30 pm. I told our trip master that I was all done yearning for a night ride. I'm not going to do 50 on a trail where I can only see the next 2 or 3 moguls/turns etc. Like someone said above, all of your potential problems on the trail are worse at night.
PS I did/do like the fact that you can see headlights of oncoming sleds sooner though.
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I love night riding , my wife and I plan at least one ride per trip that brings us back well after dark.The views can be spectacular from the lookouts and as long as you don't outrun your headlight you're fine.
Like someone else said you can see oncoming traffic ( what little there is) much better. Riding on lakes at night is something we avoid , far too hard to navigate.
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Too bad the deer and moose don't use headlights, or tail lights for that matter. I avoid riding at night like the plague. Like it's been mentioned..... problems on the trail become exacerbated once the sun sets. The poor fellow that just passed in Sidney, may he RIP, had become separated from his group, and was no doubt in a tizzy to find them
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I love night riding , my wife and I plan at least one ride per trip that brings us back well after dark.The views can be spectacular from the lookouts and as long as you don't outrun your headlight you're fine.
Like someone else said you can see oncoming traffic ( what little there is) much better. Riding on lakes at night is something we avoid , far too hard to navigate.
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I just slow way down at night. But I do far prefer to be eating and drinking at night rather than riding.
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I have seen a few deer hit in broad daylight , including one that totalled a sled this past new years day. I have yet to see the northern lights during the day. But nothing good comes from being on lakes at night , and riding in general after midnight.
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Trail riding at night is great, just a little slower. On coming sleds are seen miles away, if there are any at all...
You guys mention deer being a problem but its just as bad during the day, if a deer runs out of tree line your not seeing it day or night at speed till your right on top of it.

Lakes on the other hand... No reference points, way to easy to get lost, and feel the need to speed up to find your group.
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