Does anyone know of anyone that has grounded a bike so that it can take a lightning strike ?
I would like to mount something like this on the back of my RTP. Just so my head is not the highest point anymore.
Last night, I rode home after a nasty thunderstorm rolled through the area.
Although I like riding in the rain, catching up on a slow moving thunder storm while on a 4 mile bridge got me a little nervous. I could see lightning dancing in the sky above and striking the ground in the horizon maybe 5 or 10 miles ahead. So, after my ride ended safely, I goggled 'lightning and motorcyclists'.
I wasn't sure if my fear was a valid fear. But, it appears a few motorcyclists have been roasted while riding near a thunderstorm. My daily commute takes me about 300' closer to the sky than the ground as I cross over a 4 mile bridge. After reading the stories I googled, it seems like motorcyclists are human lightning rods traveling down a road. However, since most of us do not have metal in our head, our body becomes the grounding vector in which lightning passes through to get to the ground. It seems most times the lighting jumps through the body to the frame of the bike and then to the ground. If lightning strikes a motorcyclist, he will temporarily be incapacitated at least for a few minutes, which means a crash will occur. So, why don't cruisers should have an option to mount lightning rods with copper nets that can be dragged behind to move a strike away from the riders head.