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post #1 of 45 Old 09-06-2006, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Visibility Question.

It's my understanding that cars are the biggest
danger to a rider (with poor judgment on the riders part
a second).

If you could do only one thing to make
the v-strom more visible (money not an object)
to cars what would it be and how would you do it.

What if you could do two things (money not an object).

LEDs, reflective tape, a new paint color,
electro glow wire, modulators, neon?
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Here is one option:

http://www.olympiamotosports.com/ast...ast_ladies.htm


Add modulating headlights, flashing brake lights w/ LEDs

I'm sure there are lots of other good suggestions coming!

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Re: Visibility Question.

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LEDs, reflective tape, a new paint color,
electro glow wire, modulators, neon?
Most of these items address night riding. Motorcycles and their riders also need to be conspicuous during the day.

A bright white or yellow helmet and/or a reflective vest over your gear would be a viable substitute for all that bling.

At least I hope so... :wink:

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Add modulating headlights...
The best investment I ever made, and definitely not for night riding, as they automatically disable at night

http://www.kisantech.com/
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Another chicago rider Totally understand the need to be visible with the nuts around here.

I've done a number of things so I'll show a picture and a link to the write up. In addition to the below I always ride with my brights on. I have never in my first 6500 (and counting) miles had anyone pull in front of me, or in general miss me. I'm not being complacent, its just never happened and I'll continue hard to make sure it stays that way. I also have never had anyone come up from behind me too quick.

Contrast is a excellent thing during the day. I wear a black jacket, and a silver helmet. Another even better helmet color is white. The worst is black.

First up side running lights: Orange running lights in front, and LED's in the rear.




Install thread here: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewto...489&highlight=

Rating: Very high especially for dusk, or highway riding.


Next up Reflective tape:



Install thread here: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewto...161&highlight=

Rating: Very high for night driving. Have a friend drive your bike and follow in a car and you'll see what I mean. Dont forget to put some on your helmet as it sticks out above everything else. Not visible during the day.

Hyper lights for brakes. See the below videos.
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v4...rrent=2avi.flv



Install thread with pics and videos:
https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewto...161&highlight=

Rating: Very high. People really notice the bike, and its kind of like driving a SUV. The turn signal lights are also very nice because then you catch the attention of everyone and its a ideal location. Plus you never forget to turn them off. The only negative is they are expensive, however I value my life much more than a hundred dollars worth of lights.

Overall all the steps when put together are very effective and allow for maximum effectiveness. The only additional things I think you could do would be a pair of forward facing driving lights (hella f50's come to mind) mounted on the crash bars for increased spatial recognition. My guess is the v-strom lights are so effective because they appear to be 2 different lights, and cagers associate that with cars, and so they wont pull in front of you as much. A single light zooming towards them is much easier to mistake as a distant lightpole ect. 4 Lights coming towards them is most likely a truck, or jeep ect.

And of course you still have to ride like your invisible, this just helps keep the oh s**t moments down.

For proactive moments a single or dual foghorn cannot be beat. If they start edging out I'll be slowing down, on the brakes and moving away from them while on the airhorn. I reccomend the Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone 12-Volt Air Horn, 139 dB - Black. A number of motorcylce sites carry it. I've only used it once for people, and it was VERY effective at stopping the behavior of the cage. You cant ignore it unless your deaf. I reccomend practicing honking it before you use it yourself, or you'll startle yourself too. Its great for keeping possible bad situations from turning into BAD situations.

Personally I find modulating headlights to be distracting and piss people off more than they make yourself visible. So I went a alternate route.

And of course you still have to ride like your invisible, this just helps keep the oh s**t moments down.

Hope some of this helps,
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Saw a lot of riders lately with reflective vests, any safety supply store can provide one without breaking the bank. Tape on the bike, bags, helmet, lots of options. Gotta clean the bike so I can add more. A modulator is a good thing but can and will confuse some cages as I discovered lately so use with discretion. Daytime driving lites down low for a triangular view to oncoming traffic is also good. I have yellow driving lites for contrast.
All in all, looking like a UFO can be a good thing.

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All in all, looking like a UFO can be a good thing.
As long as you watch out for MIB.

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Re: Visibility Question.

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LEDs, reflective tape, a new paint color,
electro glow wire, modulators, neon?
I'll throw in my two cents on modulators: I vote no. Having said that, I have one for sale in the classified section. See: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7814
My ad explains why I don't like them, but if you decide to get one mine got only two weeks' use and is like new. Could save you a few $$.

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I LOVE the LEDS on your
v-strom and I did consider the
a pair of forward facing driving lights
(hella f50's)...but isn't that
all very expensive?



I am not to worried about rear endings.
The givi case I am putting on has brake lights.
And I am putting on red reflective stickers for extra
measure.



I have gotten some black stickers to.
http://www.streetglo.net/reflective....frame.kit.html

I was under the impression that
white and blue were the most visible colors
like it is with cars. Now I found that yellow is the most visible.
I sort of wish I got the bike in yellow (but I don't think that they make
the 2006 DL650 in that color do they lol). If I did I might have used
the black reflective tape above to make it look like a yellow jacket.



OK I know a black helmet is not such a great idea but
after trying on about 20 it was the only thing I could find that
would fit my extra small oval shaped head.
I did put on reflective stickers.

It's a work in progress. I am puting more on.

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Re: Visibility Question.

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LEDs, reflective tape, a new paint color,
electro glow wire, modulators, neon?
I'll throw in my two cents on modulators: I vote no. Having said that, I have one for sale in the classified section. See: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7814
My ad explains why I don't like them, but if you decide to get one mine got only two weeks' use and is like new. Could save you a few $$.

Tim
That is some thing to think about.
I need some time to read your link.
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