Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Around here, flashing your lights is a courtesy signal for people to pull out in front of you. Courtesy is something something I have found to be in short supply on the streets of Fort Pierce, Florida so you probably don't have to worry too much. (ever go to Archie's?)
Without interviewing the turning drivers whom I appear to have stopped in their tracks, there is no way to know if it was the weaving, for which I have a tendency, or if the typical visual information of a motorcycle front profile did it. Likewise with you, Mr. 4life, you have no way of knowing that you haven't just been lucky, or perhaps taking greater notice in the cautious drivers around you or subconsciously being a little more cautious yourself after making your investment in safety, eh?
I'd like to see some empirical data on the effectiveness of modulators against forms of more active conspicuity. There may be a situation where they are particularly effective, like hi-vis in the rain, but even after much ponderment I have yet to settle upon on.
I think broadening your forward profile with widely spaced running lights is more effective passive approach in giving oncoming traffic accurate spacial information. Think of the triple lights of the larger Harleys, for example. It allows for looming, where a single light point does not, its just a glaring orb, which with a modulator, is just a flashing glaring orb.
At any rate, when I see a modulator I am now conditioned to think, in descending order: "bumpy road, motorcycle, courtesy flash, first generation DL1000 with fueling issues".
Also Mr. 4life, I don't see how your thread title is relevant. Did the cop mention that he pulled you over because of your modulator?
Does your insurance company know that you are on this site?
Best of luck.
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Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
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