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post #1 of 14 Old 04-23-2008, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Conspicuity - how visible are you?

Thinking that I was doing a lot to be visible, I recently took an online test of my "visibility quotient" through the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Centerweb site. If I can find the link again, I'll post it here. Anyway, I was disappointed to only score 6.25 out of 10. I guess for pure visibility's sake, I do bad things, like ride at night, at dusk, at dawn, in inclement weather, and don't have any ears or Tigger tails flopping around on my mostly black helmet. Tisk.

Upon further reflection, I still think I'm pretty reflective, just barely this side of gawdy.


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Hi Boondocker, hope you don't mind but i moved your post to general forum as i thought it would get much better coverage. Good topic..J.R.
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Interesting information. I don't think the quiz worked correctly for me. I got an 18.75 out of 10. I knew I was not giving the answers they were looking for, so I don't deserve the 8.75 point bonus. Still good info.


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Hi Boondocker, hope you don't mind but i moved your post to general forum as i thought it would get much better coverage. Good topic..J.R.
Thanks for mentioning it, I thought senility was kicking in. Coulda sworn I put it in the photo forum :rolleyes1:

Topic-wise this is a good spot. I hope others will post their conspicuity pictures.

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I took the test and got a 16 out of 10, but I have no headlight modulator or other blinky accessories.

Question: Are headlight modulators worth the price? I seem to remember that in the Hurt Report somewhere around 70% of collisions involved the motorcyclist's 10 to 2 o'clock position. Seems like a headlight modulator would really help in that area.

Any other ideas on being more conspicuous from the front?

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Question: Are headlight modulators worth the price? I seem to remember that in the Hurt Report somewhere around 70% of collisions involved the motorcyclist's 10 to 2 o'clock position. Seems like a headlight modulator would really help in that area.
I'm in the minority around here, but I am solidly against modulators. Yes they probably do help with traffic coming at you between 10 and 2. But my experience was they make the cars in front of you dangerously unpredictable.


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I'm in the minority around here, but I am solidly against modulators. Yes they probably do help with traffic coming at you between 10 and 2. But my experience was they make the cars in front of you dangerously unpredictable.

I have one. We have this discussion over and over: all I have to say is "Ignore that will you"
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I'm in the minority around here, but I am solidly against modulators. Yes they probably do help with traffic coming at you between 10 and 2. But my experience was they make the cars in front of you dangerously unpredictable.
They do their job, and do it well. They get you noticed. Ive even had an argument with some harley guy and he was saying that he felt that the cars in front of you would think you are flashing them to go ahead. I was like huh?

The modulators have a frequency of 4-5Hz and it takes your brights from 50%-80% Cars see you. Which is the point. I dont care if the car in front me me likes the modulator, but the fact is that he see me which is all I care about.

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Thumbs up Motovision

After installing the Phillips Motovision bulbs I am pleased with the results. They do cast an orange hue to the headlight and IMO does make you more noticeable in the daylight hours, which is the reason I got them. The fact that they throw out more white light without drawing any more current is just an added bonus in my book. Interesting that Phillips has marketed a bulb specifically for motorcycles, they do make some good bulbs.

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