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post #1 of 19 Old 07-20-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wee Won't Activate Traffic Signals

Anyone else have problems with their Wee not activating magnetic traffic signal sensors? Does anyone have a fix that works consistently? I am tired of sitting at lights and having them completely ingore my presence.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-20-2012, 03:09 PM
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Those things are tricky..and their ability to work with motorcycles is determined by the type of magnetic detector.
The newer types (better with bikes) have the regular box drawn in the ground, but also have a diagonal line drawn inside the box. these tend to work better...but still not perfect

A trick I was taught at MSF.

When pulling up to this things, driving slowly while passing onto one, slight swerve from one side to the other before coming to a stop in the MIDDLE of the box...not at any of the extremes.

This tends to work for me here 99% of the time. That said, almost all of our magnetic detectors are the newer type. It works about 75% of the time with the older ones.

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A lot of detectors aren't magnetic. Call the local traffic department to get it fixed. The things are supposed to detect motorcycles.

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Side note. Some areas these days (like in Atlanta) but also on the AF base i work have cameras at the signals. These cameras serve 2 purposes. 1) they can get you running the light (very strict on base) 2) they will also activate the turn signal. Since they don't rely on magnets, they work 100% of the time that I have encountered them.

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A lot of detectors aren't magnetic.
Technically, true. They use relatively high current to induce an electomagnetic field which "detects" the "metal object" by a change in the measured inductance....but it's much simpler to refer to the as magnetic detectors...keeps heads from exploding.

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We just had a new law passed in Virginia for motocyclists. If the light doesn't respond after 1 cycle or so many minutes, you are free to run it.

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Not sure about other states but Minnesota has a law that if the light doesn't change after a reasonable wait time you can go through it if you are on a bike or scooter.

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Washington does not have such a law. I will wait a couple of cycles, and then go if it is safe to do so. I figure I will take my chances with the traffic magistrate if it comes to that.

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We just had a new law passed in Virginia for motocyclists. If the light doesn't respond after 1 cycle or so many minutes, you are free to run it.
My Wee does not activate most traffic signals, but as Stromburger mentioned, VA just passed a law last year that allows a motorcycle to run the red light if the signal does not change after two light cycles or two minutes. But sometimes when making a left turn, you have to time it right if there is consistently other traffic at the intersection even though you aren't getting the signal you need. I have made much use of this new law since it was passed. I also sometimes shorten the time provided by the law knowing that I will not get a signal and have a safe opportunity to proceed.

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There are so many post on this forum and any motorcycle forum about this subject. There are many ideas, but most don't work. What works for most people will depend what state they live in and what the state law is. Here in South Carolina, the basics of the law is, after waiting for a cycle, you can proceed with caution through the red light.
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