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post #1 of 19 Old 05-22-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Auto Canceling Turn Signals

I was thinking that automatically canceling turn signals might be pretty handy. Of course, I have never forgotten to turn my signals off. :smilewinkgrin:

So, to that end, I designed a circuit around a PIC micro-controller and now have auto canceling turn signals. There is a little more involved than with a car. Other canceling methods besides a steering wheel must be found. I decided one way to do it would be to use speed, acceleration, and deceleration as parameters.

The unit is dynamic, not passive. It continually monitors speed in miles per hour. Acceleration and deceleration are also monitored. The program uses these to determine when to cancel or not to cancel the signals. If desired, the signals can also be canceled manually.

It was a fun little project. Now that I have auto canceling signals, I'm finding them quite a convenience.

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-22-2012, 08:42 PM
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There a LED vendor that sells a flasher that does that when you install LED's. It might work for regular bulbs too. They're $$$ around $60. Maybe it's customled.com or something like that.
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As far as I know, most of those are simply timers. I believe Harley Davidson has one that uses a timer and/or distance traveled to cancel the signals.

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The HD Roadster I owned had them. It was a timer, seemed to be 30 seconds. I didn't find it particularly useful.

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I paid $15,000 to get self canceling turn indicators on the F800ST BMW. I like the color of the bike too.:biggrinjester:
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Early year honda PC800s had them. I believe that they were a timer set off by an angle sensor. The signals would stay on at a stop light and the time would start after the senser felt the lean of the bike in the turn.
They worked pretty good. The later models don't have them.

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My 1981 Kawasaki 1100 had self cancelling signals. Can't figure out why modern bikes don't have them.

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Yamaha's had them all through the 80's and into the 90's, and then they went away--how can I get self-cancelling signals on my DL1000? 30 sec. timer would work for me.
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I had a 1978 Yamaha XS1100E with self cancelling turn signals. They cancelled after a combination of time and distance. Distance was needed to keep them from cancelling as vehicles in front would be waiting at a red light. That's why a timer alone is a bad idea. Time was needed as a lot of distance can be eaten up at highway speeds. I simply hated it. It would cancel early unless I waited to get closer to the turn than I liked and I was always manually cancelling after a turn anyway rather than letting it cancel later.

If your riding habits are so bad you don't check your instruments regularly, a Kisan signal minder will provide a timer. https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=4
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Changing your habits to check instruments is cheaper and you may save your engine if you get a loss of oil pressure though.

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I had some on my Yamaha 1977 RD 400. Worked well. Wish I had some on my V-Strom.
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