Headlight modulators - change of opinion
I recently installed a headlight modulator on my DL. Now it is coming off. Here's why:
I had a very (and I mean, very :shock: ) close encounter with a left-turning vehicle. I was following a few cars down a two-lane road, and there was pickup facing the opposite direction, stopped, waiting to make a left turn. After the car I was following passed the waiting truck the truck stayed put, as though waiting for me. It did not turn immediately after the car passed, as I would expect if I had not been seen. Just the same, I slowed slightly planning for the worst, though at this point figuring I had been seen since the truck remained stopped.
As I got close, the truck swung into my lane. I jumped on the brakes pretty hard and just missed playing tag with the truck.
I spoke with the driver afterwards (civil conversation, no heated exchange). The driver had seen me and planned to wait for me to pass but the passenger noted the "flashing" lights and told the driver that I was flashing him as a signal to go ahead. Unfortunately, in this area the flashing lights as a "go ahead" signal is used freqently. Also, drivers around here are generally very courteous, and it is not at all unusual to have people who technically have the right of way to let others go first. That can lead to confusion.
It might be my imagination, but I think that since I have had the modulator installed, more drivers have cut me off, rather than less. At any rate, this most recent experience convinced me that at least around here, the headlight modulator is more of a liability than an asset. I feel like a buck that put on an orange jacket during deer season, only to find that it had "Shoot Me!" written on it! :?
Of course, YMMV, but I just wanted to present my experience.
As an aside, I passed another rider recently whose bike really jumped out of the background at me. His bike was equipped with driving lights. Since they burn steadily, I think they may be a better option around here than the modulator.
Former DL650K6 rider