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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 06:09 AM
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There are specific federal regulations that govern motorcycle headlight modulators. It is what it is. It's called Title 49. State law cannot trump this federal reg. I carry a copy of this at all times just for the uninformed policeman that might stop me. So far I haven't had to pull it out.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...lator-regs.htm
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Great info! Thanks for posting it!
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Thumbs down on the HL modulaters
Thumbs up on the brake light flashers

Just my $.02
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I've had both headlight & brake light modulators for about 4 years. As was said by others, I wouldn't be without them. I've never experienced anyone confusing the rapid flash rate of the modulator with a simple flash to 'go ahead'. However, and maybe it's my imagination, I have seen folks who appeared to be considering pulling out, that then saw the flashing headlight, and stopped their forward progress. Many times. And, contrary to many conversations I've heard while hanging out at rallies, from guys who just seem to attract people that pull out in front of them daily, I honestly have had no one pull out in front of me in 4 years and 20K miles. Seems unbelievable, but true. Like I said. I won't ride without them. Of course, the rear of my bike looks like a Christmas tree when I hit the brakes. But, hey, it works.

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I used to have a headlight modulator on my '94

now on my '02 I just have a super bright HID lights.... they see me and they know you are coming...
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A modulating headlight will get attention. But its up to the motorist to interpret what it means.
Taken a bit out of context, I had my wife (not a motorcycle rider by any stretch of the imagination) tell me what she saw and thought after seeing the brake light flasher I just installed, and her response was "I know you are doing something, but I am not sure what it is." Mission accomplished!
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Thats a good point- in selecting what modes you use
You want something cagers can easily interpret correctly as motorcycle or something Slowing or Stopped ahead

The human eye detects movement/motion, too many different things from the brake lights can cause brain stutter.

Observe your bike with different modes and imagine being that on the phone, not looking ahead- typical cager-
are you simulating a lane closed traffic sign or definitely a vehicle slowing?
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I have modulators on both the front and rear of my bike and won't be without them. I have had people pull over thinking that I was a LEO and I just give them a wave or thumbs up. All of the LEO's around here have red and blue flashing lights, are on two wheels and wear black leather jackets or blue shirts. I am on a trike and wear a high visible coat so they should be able to tell the difference. There are cars that tell me something is wrong with my headlight and I tell them it is okay it is a safety device to help be seen. I did have one person cuss us out because he was distracted by the light. I explained that it was a safety device which didn't satisfy him. I have had very few cars pull out in front of me since I got the modulator and the ones that have never even looked in my direction.
Riding in groups I turn it off because there a a lot of other bikes around to help get other drivers attention. The modulator in the rear flashes fast four times then stays on steady for three or four seconds and then repeats. The people that have ridden behind me say that it is very noticeable that I am stopping. When I am pulling my trailer it blinks the same.
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The modulator in the rear flashes fast four times then stays on steady for three or four seconds and then repeats. The people that have ridden behind me say that it is very noticeable that I am stopping.
Mine flashes 10 times then stays on steady. I will have to set the delay and repeat part. Good idea!
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I would prefer, in my opinion, that a couple flashes and then staying on to be the best.
In my mind if the cycle repeats you're NOT stopping you are just tapping the brakes to slow down.
Flash flash on, means I'm (you) are on the brakes for reason, but hey that's just my logic.
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