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post #1 of 29 Old 10-02-2016, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Newer rider here...how to remember to turn my signal off....

Is there a trick to it? or even a mod? I was thinking if I could see that the signal was on more clearly (or hear it), I would turn it off. Any tips? ....besides just being more aware?
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Is there a trick to it? or even a mod? I was thinking if I could see that the signal was on more clearly (or hear it), I would turn it off. Any tips? ....besides just being more aware?
It is a mental thing. Make the turnoff a part of the signaling action. Leave your finger on the turn switch until after the turn and then push it off. Mentally train yourself that every time you turn on the signal you also need to turn it off. After the turn train yourself to look at the turn indicators. Are they Off? Yes I know, it is hard to do, but with enough practice it will become a natural action 95% of the time. Or you could hook up a loud 12 volt buzzer to the circuit.
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Also make checking the instruments a regular part of riding. You don't want to miss an oil pressure warning for long but that's rare. You need to know other things too.

You signal before each turn and cancel after each turn. Some people like to hit the cancel switch regularly.
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For lane changes: Keep thumb on signal button and push to cancel when the maneuver is completed.

For turns: Habitually cancel the signal near end of turn (at steady velocity), before accelerating out of it.

Rationale: For lane changes, little mental space or control manipulation is needed, so dedicating "thumb on button until cancel" uses only easily spared resources. For turns, there is no signaling value once the turn is actually commenced, and mid-turn is when no gear changing is needed, so incorporating the cancel into the turn routine then is easy and unlikely to be disrupted by the situations that may follow.
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Great tips guys! I do check my instruments often but unfortunately lots of time its too late when I realize "Dang, my signal was on!"...I will try to habit of cancelling as soon as the turn is commenced and keeping my thumb there until I cancel.
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Riding motorcycles is all about situational awareness, that and muscle memory will serve you well.
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I paid big bucks for a BMW that had self canceling indicators, hated them. They would time out and I had to repeatedly initiate again.
I find myself just pushing the turn button now to be sure I don't have the indicators going. Just a habit thing now.
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... Some people like to hit the cancel switch regularly.
I do this.

I often press the cancel button when I come up out of a sharp turn.
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I randomly hit cancel when riding. Give it enough time and you will just do it without forgetting, it'll eventually become such second nature you won't even remember canceling them.
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I find myself just pushing the turn button now to be sure I don't have the indicators going. Just a habit thing now.

Interesting that you say that. When I got the vstrom, I hated that it didn't have self cancelling turn signals. Now I find myself, on my RSTD, which does have them, cancelling them with the button.
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