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post #1 of 38 Old 03-30-2006, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Modulator choice

Hello Strommers!

I just got a beautiful red DL650 and want to make myself more visible. I'm trying to decide between the Kriss and the Kisan headlight modulators. I'm leaning toward the Kriss just because they are significantly cheaper and from the descriptions, they perform the same functions.

Can anyone provide a compelling argument for or against either?

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post #2 of 38 Old 03-30-2006, 05:14 PM
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Can't tell you about the Kriss but I can tell you I have about 11,000 miles on my Kisan pathBlazer. No problems, it was a snap to install, and it works flawlessly. I am convinced it saved my ass at least once.

From my business dealings with Kisan Technologies I can tell you the support will be top-shelf. Have a question? Make a quick toll-free call, get the right answer from someone who knows exactly what they are talking about. Believe it or not you'll often get Andy on the tech line. He is the chief engineer who designs these devices. Now THAT'S support.

The Kriss unit could be superb as well, but I wouldn't know.

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post #3 of 38 Old 03-30-2006, 07:13 PM
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This is my opinion on headlight modulators, they may make cages more aware of you BUT if you have ever ridden with someone who has one on their bike AND they are behind you, it will set you crazy. I road half-way from Ohio to Colorado with a bike behind me that had one. Finally couldn't take the distraction in my mirrors and road behind him the rest of the way.
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This is my opinion on headlight modulators, they may make cages more aware of you BUT if you have ever ridden with someone who has one on their bike AND they are behind you, it will set you crazy. I road half-way from Ohio to Colorado with a bike behind me that had one. Finally couldn't take the distraction in my mirrors and road behind him the rest of the way.
I thought there was a way to turn the headlight off or even modulate it to a lower setting, no? :?:

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post #5 of 38 Old 03-31-2006, 10:50 AM
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Absolutely! On the pathBlazer from Kisan, just switch to low beam during daylight hours and the headlight will no longer modulate. Anybody who is riding behind you for an extended period with a modulator isn't doing you any favors. I won't follow anyone with it for very long.

If however you're riding a series of intersections in a city or riding in unfamiliar areas, on any other high-risk area turn the thing ON! I am convinced it saved my hide just about a year ago from right now.

The way I look at it, it's legal in every state in American and every Canadian province. Use it responsibly but use it!

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post #6 of 38 Old 03-31-2006, 01:24 PM
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I also have the Kisan, and would write more, but I totally agree with everything said by MWValley above. So, "ditto."
post #7 of 38 Old 03-31-2006, 01:28 PM
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Siorc,

So you agree red is the fastest color too? :wink:

Thanks for backing me up!

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I'll have to wait until after break-in to see if red is fastest. If not, it's certainly sexiest!

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post #9 of 38 Old 03-31-2006, 02:59 PM
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Kisan Pathblazer

Just ordered my brank new Kisan modulator for my DL650 off of eBay for $99.00. That's like $50 to $70 dollars off of most everyone elses price. Don't get the Diamond star unit unless you can order an older one that still has the heads up feature. The newer units do not have that and Diamond Star units are a pain to install. you have to slice wires, track down specific wires and such. A real pain. The Kisan units just plug in and that's about it. Headlight modulators are definately worth the price. What price tag can you put on your life??? Even if it just saves your ass once over a ten year period it's still the best investment of your life. I'd also recommend the Hyperlight brake light module. It's easy as pie to install and it really gets your rear end noticed. Hopefully it will keep you from getting rear ended which is a big danger. Keep safe....ATGATT.

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Re: Kisan Pathblazer

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Just ordered my brank new Kisan modulator for my DL650 off of eBay for $99.00. That's like $50 to $70 dollars off of most everyone elses price. <snip>
Who did you buy from on ebay? Best I've seen are selling for $152 which is pretty close if not retail pricing, no?

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