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post #1 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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So much for being visible.

Almost ran over a jogger this morning on my way to work just a a block from my house. She sees me coming at the intersection and as I get closer, to my surprise, I see her turning in front of me. I honk my new fangled stebel and she jumps out of the way. I slow down, thinking she is nuts. Then she points to my headlight saying I have my turn signal on. WTF! I check and its not my turn signal but my right high beam where I installed the headlight modulator. Now I have to worry about people who actually DO see me but think that my high beam modulator is a turn signal. Now, who said deer are the dumbest animals...
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post #2 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 08:30 AM
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One of my friends had a very similar experience with his Kisan headlight modulator.

Hey, we're the ones putting out the signals.

Are they the correct ones?

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post #3 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 10:49 AM
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There's the exact reason why headlight modulators are unlawful in many parts!
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post #4 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 11:02 AM
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The Wee has that nice switch that flashes the high beams, but I rarely use it anymore. I would in the past use a series of flashes as I approached a car that I thought may not be paying too much attention... but I always wondered if they thought maybe I was giving them a "go ahead" signal... which was not the case at all.

Sometimes I'll just flip my headlight over to high beam as a approach a car... but I just do it once.
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And that's the reason I'll never run a modulator. People do NOT know how to react to a m/c with flashing headlights...

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post #6 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 11:39 AM
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Reason I won't install a headlight modulator:
Courtesy flashing.

I flash cars with my lights to let them know they can pull out, make a left turn, go ahead of me, etc. I have seen many bikers with modulators get pulled out in front of because of the recognized "courtesy flash". People don't pay any more attention than about 3 seconds, they don't realize your lights are always flashing, not just for them.

On that same note, I have seen more than 1 very apologetic cager almost in tears thinking they almost took out a bike because they thought they were being told to go.

Many States and I imagine, some other countries, have 'flash to pass' laws, what does a modulator tell the driver you are riding behind?

I am all about visibility, but ride like I am invisible.

Purely my opinion... I could be wrong.


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post #7 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 11:55 AM
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Since when does/should a pedestrian TRUST a signal given by any motor vehicle. I say double-dumba$$ on the jogger. When I'm on foot I have no faith in the driver.

I'd consider a modulator for my tail-light, but not my headlight. Seems like a bad thing to me.
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post #8 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 12:24 PM
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Yeah I'm not a fan of the modulators. Since I know what they are when I see them I know what's up. However, Joe Lunchbox has probably never heard of the modulators and may think you are giving them the courtesy flash.

I ride with the highbeam on during the day. If they don't see that beast them flashing your lights isn't going to help matters.
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post #9 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 12:41 PM
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I'm sure it could happen, but I just don't buy into the "courtesy-flash confusion" thing. I think the OP had a problem because he had only one of the high beams modulating...and being off-center it was seen as a turn signal. In the 5 years I have had my modulator, no one has mis-interpreted it as a courtesy "go ahead" signal.

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post #10 of 36 Old 05-30-2007, 12:50 PM
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I agree that the headlight modulator can send the wrong signal. I DO think the tail light modulator can be a good idea, especially when sitting at a stoplight. There isn't any mistaking the flashing brake light, and it does get your attention immediately.
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