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Old 09-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #16
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Do you actually have any on the road driving experience?
I read this thread, and almost made a similar comment, but decided not to.

Changed my mind, and then saw I wasn't the only one !

I've never cared for the modulators either, especially when I see Gold Wings with them installed on the high beam.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
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who the hell flashes their headlight to other traffic? This is a stupid thing.
Please stay out of rural Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and probably others I have not visited enough to know.

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Old 09-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #18
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:56 AM   #19
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That's why I ride with my lights off in the morning to work.

If the head light if fixed to the forks then going over bumps cars my think you have flashed them.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:13 AM   #20
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Being a bit paranoid since an accident two years ago, I added a headlight modulator to hopefully increase my visibility. Today, at a busy intersection waiting to turn right, a car pulled right in front of me from the oncoming lane. As it turns out, it was someone I know. We were also headed to the same place and, when we had parked, I thanked him (!) for cutting in front of me. He responded that he thought I was flashing my lights to tell him to go ahead of me.

He's actually a pretty nice guy, and so I thought about what he had said. The particular intersection is difficult to make a left hand turn, and one can sometimes have to wait for another light cycle if no one lets them turn. I can see how he understood my lights flashing at him.

I'm now rethinking the use of the headlight modulator. To some it's aggravating, but if it's at all likely to be misunderstood, maybe it's not such a great safety addition.
good post! they bother me, but mostly in the mountains, particularly with the goldwings, come around a tight blind curve even during the day and get nailed by those lights once and you will see why! why wont they at least run them on the low beams!
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:06 AM   #21
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Flashing twice tells truck drivers it's clear to pull over. Many others use the same signal.
This. I also use the on/off, on/off flash to warn oncoming drives of speed traps that I've just passed, similarly to tapping you helmet while riding.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #22
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Flashing the lights very quickly is the international signal for "Go ahead, you first". Pretty much everywhere but the USSA.

The modulator seems to be a very poor safety device, like most of them.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:59 AM   #23
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Non-DOT headlights have a sharp low-beam cut-off, which, in combination with a rough road could look a lot like a high beam flash signal to an oncoming driver. For this reason I have experimented with fitting a brighter halogen position light within the headlight housing and riding with the headlight off (legal in many countries, but not all). Because the position light illuminates the reflector, but does not incorporate a cut-off, it should not appear to be flashing when the bike hits a bump, or the forks pop back up after braking. I don't know if this is an effective solution to this problem, however.

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:02 AM   #24
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Flashing the lights very quickly is the international signal for "Go ahead, you first". Pretty much everywhere but the USSA.

The modulator seems to be a very poor safety device, like most of them.
Yep , I flash daily . I normally drive 125 to 400 miles daily in my work travels and just shake my head when I see a modulating head light . Now having 3 properly adjusted front lights I think helps drivers judge the distance and speed of oncoming bikes .
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #25
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Do you actually have any on the road driving experience?
quite a lot, how about your self?

care to site any law where this idiotic behavior is actually documented in the united states. Otherwise, your just adding to the confusion.

flashed twice, ok to pass, 3 times, not ok to pass, Hell lets just start doing morsecode to the other drivers "morsing while driving"

Idiots the lot of you who do this.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #26
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quite a lot, how about your self?

care to site any law where this idiotic behavior is actually documented in the united states. Otherwise, your just adding to the confusion.

flashed twice, ok to pass, 3 times, not ok to pass, Hell lets just start doing morsecode to the other drivers "morsing while driving"

Idiots the lot of you who do this.
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Your little rant is incoherent.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #27
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who the hell flashes their headlight to other traffic? This is a stupid thing.
I do,I Do I DO!
Cops Running Radar I flash my High beams at on coming traffic!
Signal a Semi that its safe to move over!
Let another vehicle Know that its okay to turn in front of me!
Head Light Modulators = Confusion!
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:09 AM   #28
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confusion ?

Many drivers don't even know some of the basic rules of the road; like who should have the right-of-way. I ride in Canada, where I'm sorry to say, but from my experience, we have more bad car drivers than in the US. I do agree, some drivers are confused. But some don't even know what a shoulder check is and don't bother to signal their intention to run or lane change. Anyway my point is that I ride with a modulator so that I will be noticed. I believe that my chances of survival are better if drivers see me.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:36 AM   #29
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Many drivers don't even know some of the basic rules of the road; like who should have the right-of-way. I ride in Canada, where I'm sorry to say, but from my experience, we have more bad car drivers than in the US. I do agree, some drivers are confused. But some don't even know what a shoulder check is and don't bother to signal their intention to run or lane change. Anyway my point is that I ride with a modulator so that I will be noticed. I believe that my chances of survival are better if drivers see me.
Dangerous. I find the flashing headlight distracting and annoying. I think that it will confuse car drivers in many situations. Not good.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #30
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...and with Gold Wing riders. I would say 4 out of 5 have it on their bikes.

I saw two other Goldwings yesterday, no modulators, so counting me we're gonna have to back that down to 2 out of 5, but I didn't see the other two.



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Flashing twice tells truck drivers it's clear to pull over.

Not out here, turn headlights on when they had been off is a signal that it's ok for the truck to get in front of you. Lights on, then off is the thank you for the previous niceness. At night, it's lights off and then back on..says it's ok and clear to get in front of me, lights off and then on is the thank you. Never in a million years should a motorcycle be flashing lights at trucks, if you going slow enough to let a set of doubles in front of you...just stay home.



I've been turning on my 4 ways for lane splitting...it really helps at night on a black bike, they give me the extra room that I really need on a Goldwing. Modulators just confuse everybody.
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