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Old 12-27-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Hyper-Lites, P3 or others

I'm looking at getting a rear facing flashing LED light for when I hit the brakes. I've looked at the P3 and the Hyper-Lites on line and here and I need some advice on them. I have been rear ended in rush hour traffic three times since August of 2011 and my bike has spent more time in the dealers garage waiting on parts from the Fatherland than I've had it. I need something to get the attention of the ADS fucktards behind me.

Every time I have been hit has been in daylight or twilight conditions so what ever solution is chosen need to be visible enough during daylight to say "Get the fuck off the phone". I'm to the point that I don't really want to ride anymore because I don't want to get hit, but I really enjoy riding and my F650GS (except for the traffic in Chicago).

So the question is which solution? I'm still leaning towards getting a reward facing cannon that shoots ice every time I hit the brakes. The ice melts and leaves no trace . Videos or first hand experience following another rider in day light conditions would be great.

Right now price is not an object. A trunk monkey with a baseball bat or M1 Garand would be cool too but not very practical as I only have a 1br condo.

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:37 AM   #2
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I put the Skene P3 lights on my bike a week after I bought it. I love them and even transferred them to my new bike when I bought that. At stop lights, cars usually get in a different lane than behind me, not sure if its the lights but I think so. I also notice if someone is tailgating and I'm slowing down, the fast flickering of the stoplights causes them to back off and leave some space. At night and even the day, the constant modulation makes the bike a bit more noticeable than other bikes. Its actually kind of annoying and i think thats why people don't stop behind me My buddy has the Hyper-Lites with LED turn signals and those are bright too, but I don't know if they're programmable as much as the P3. I think his are just bright LED stop/Taillights and flash when stopped if he cuts a certain wire on them. Skene also gives a discount to those with MSF course card.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:53 AM   #3
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I agree with Hikertrash. I have P3s on both my bikes and programmed them to the brightest brake light setting. Definitely noticable and probably annoying up close.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:04 AM   #4
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On my Concours I have Electro-pods, which are Hyperlite knock-offs. I also lined the inside of my brake light with reflective tape to brighten that up, and I have taken to wearing a hi-viz yellow neon helmet.

I did this several years ago after experiencing several times the hair raising feeling you get when you are at a stop light and hear a car with locked up brakes skidding up behind you. It has not happened since.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:08 AM   #5
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Ordered the P3 lights for my 07' GSA, almost got ran over by a woman playing with her phone, going at least 90mph on the interstate. I already have a flash pattern light installed in the stock 07' GSA taillight that may have saved me. I lightly squeezed the front brake and punched it, creating a flash for her and buying me a few inches from the front of her nose diving Prius. I was wearing a high vis Arai helmet and vest... Lord save us from the idiots out there.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:46 AM   #6
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I've had Hyper lights on my R1150R for about seven years now. So far, so good.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:24 AM   #7
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #8
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Electropods: I have a set laying around in the garage. Not worth half the little money I paid for them.

I have had Hyperlites for a couple of years now on two bikes. Seemed to work great on Italian tail gaters, so they must be doing their job. Great customer service as well in the unlikly case you need it.

Last fall I was stopping for some food and an old guy in a beatup pickup truck stopped next to me and started yelling at me. I thougt I pissed him off for some reason but after I pulled my earplugs out I found out he was telling me how great my brake lights were.

On my Dakar I mounted one of the hyperlight to close to the exhaust and it melted the housing badly. The LED's are still working just fine though. These Hyperlites are tough.


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Old 12-28-2012, 08:35 AM   #9
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16 LED HyperLite. Set to flash for 5 sec, then go solid.

If I'm stopped/waiting to make a left turn with no one behind me, I'll get off the brake and back on when someone does come and they flash again.

I've got two of them on my ST.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:12 AM   #10
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Why go the kiddie route? Buy a Whelen LIN3 and blind everyone behind you!

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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I have both the Hyperlights and the P3's on 2 different bikes. They work just as good. You cannot go wrong with either of these solutions.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:12 PM   #12
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I have one of these on one of my bikes. I've ridden behind it and it works quite well even in bright sunlight. It's also effective for getting tailgaters off of my butt in traffid. One key to not being rear-ended at lights is to watch your six and reapply the flash when a cage is approaching from behind.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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Lights on my 1200gs, ended up installing five more sets on various riding buddies bikes. Their on my 1600gt. Just installed a set on my wife's c650gt
Best $140 you can spend
Photon blasters in the front, for the oncoming traffic
Both simple to install, Jerry Skene a good guy to work with
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by duck View Post
One key to not being rear-ended at lights is to watch your six and reapply the flash when a cage is approaching from behind.
^^^ I watch vehicles approaching from the rear and reapply my flash brake lights all the time. I have P3s on the back integrated with the left and right indicators too.

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Photon blasters in the front, for the oncoming traffic
....and these too. The combination makes for a great set of lights.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #15
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I've got Hyper Lites, in fact I have three modules (for that extra punch). They work great and people back off when they see them light up. If I had it to do over I would buy the Whelens. Either way, they will get attention and keep you safer.

By the way I also put a modulator on the head light. That works too.

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