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Quite a few years ago when I was commuting back-and-forth from Queens to Connecticut, going over the Throgs neck bridge when they had tollbooth’s I was stopped by a highway po and he asked me why I was flashing my lights at him, I proceeded to tell him I was not flashing my lights at him I have a headlight modulator. He said well that’s illegal I said no it’s not it’s a federal law that states I am allowed to have a headlight modulator on my bike. I proceeded to show him the The law that states it is legal and he really didn’t want to hear it. So I asked to see his CO when the CO arrived he looked at the statute and said I can go . I always carry a copy of the statute in my bike . Federal law trumps local and state laws. I was ready to go to court and to school the highway PO !
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I know we’re not talking about the legality of the subject ! If I can be seen better I am going to use whatever I can within my legal rights . Now I know you’ll say well cars don’t see cars and they get into accidents and then you’ll say well cars don’t see motorcycles , my point is if you have it use it if not that’s your prerogative so be it .
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I have used them to great advantage. I will never ride with out them. To the gentleman who stated that he didn't like them and he never had trouble seeing bikes please remember your a rider and that's why you see bikes. The people who don't ride don't look.
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If they prevent one accident are they not worth it? If you do not like looking at them. Don't!

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I bought my first modulator in 1985 after a women crossed the double line and hit me head on. The modulators are the first item I install on a new bike and I've had 4 since the accident. The last bike I bought was a Wing and it took a few weeks to find a matching modulator. During the weeks before the modulator I had numerous occasions where drivers pulled out in front of me and I could see that they were looking both ways. After the modulator there was an obvious change because I could see the driver look and then stare, probably because of the flashing. Maybe those drivers were anti modulator but it resulted in them stopping and staring instead of pulling out. I can understand that the oscillation of light intensity could be annoying and I regret that. However, I hope you can tolerate my need to be seen and be recognized as a vehicle, hopefully avoiding another accident.
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Having ran the modulators on 2 1800s, I do know they work. I have the ability to run with them off or on, and there have been times when running with them off, that cages just seem to ignore you and cross into your lane or cut you off. Not so with the modulator on, though. They see you. Now, if riding in a group, as DaveO430 and others that have ridden with me knows, I usually remember to turn them off to keep from annoying the other riders in front of me. It has never bothered me to see a bike with a modulator, but then again I know the difference between a modulating headlight and a alternating headlight on a emergency vehicle. Now, if I could only get the deer to move to the side of the road when they see me coming.
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This debate is kind of funny: modulators are designed to make the bike more noticeable, and then some people complain because bikes with modulators are annoyingly noticeable...

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This debate is kind of funny: modulators are designed to make the bike more noticeable, and then some people complain because bikes with modulators are annoyingly noticeable...
you took the words out of my mouth.
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If they prevent one accident are they not worth it?
And if they lead to one accident?

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And if they lead to one accident?

In the history of emergency vehicles using flashing headlights, How many accidents involving emergency vehicles have been directly caused by those headlights?

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