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Old 11-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #31 (permalink)
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No, that would be a flasher may as well just run low beams and hit the pass button a few times when approaching an intersection...bout the same thing. I mean strobes, super bright flashy things like those found in the grill and on top of police cruisers there is a huge difference. I've yet to see a person whose attention isn't immediately focused on emergency vehicles with their strobes on...well excluding @$$holes with cell phones glued to their hands busily texting or yammering away instead of paying attention to what is going on around them. Been wondering just how much trouble I'd get in if I replaced my added a yelp like the one the police use right after they kick on their high beams and flashers. Would be just the thing to scare the pi$$ out brain damaged cagers. Bet they'd take a serious interest in their surroundings right quick not a full siren just the yelp.
modulators cause the headlight to flash, and are legal
real attention getter if you ever see one you will notice it
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #32 (permalink)
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From the comments at tleast the high beam was noticed. May not have identified what it was but it was noticed. Personally better than not being noticed
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I think the best solution is a light bar. IMHO putting the high beams on and increasing glare for oncoming traffic is not a solution.

I've also had to aim my headlight much higher than it came from the factory and was a huge improvement visibility wise for both oncoming traffic and myself.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:02 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Follow up to my earlier post.

Viewing The Washington State Motorcycle Operator Manual on line I found it no longer mentions "Use of the high beam during the day increases the likelihood that oncoming drivers will see you"
Probably because their is no actual evidence supporting this. And the statement might have opened the state up to a potential law suit. Particularly, when I remembered some Motorcyclists high beams are way over the legal wattage limit for head lights and are likely to blind oncoming traffic even in daylight conditions.

But I still routinely run my stock Head light on high beam during daylight hours because it makes sense and also based on DOT's statement in my old and only hard copy of their Motorcycle Operator Manual.

I am thinking of getting a modulator for my headlight as it's currently allowed in Washington, State. I have noticed motorcycle with the modulating headlight really catch your attention. But I am concerned it might be distracting enough to cause an accident. You know the old saying that your vehicle will tend to go where you look and a truck driver fixated on my modulating headlight might be a truck crossing the center line headed my way.
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I am thinking of getting a modulator for my headlight as it's currently allowed in Washington, State. I have noticed motorcycle with the modulating headlight really catch your attention. But I am concerned it might be distracting enough to cause an accident. You know the old saying that your vehicle will tend to go where you look and a truck driver fixated on my modulating headlight might be a truck crossing the center line headed my way.
federal gov says they are fine
this site has a link
Headlight modulator regulations and laws for motorcycles

FMVSS 108(Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) (49 CFR Part 571.108 S7.9.4) allows motorcycle headlight modulation systems in all 50 states provided they comply with the standards set forth in this section.

Title 49 USC 30103(b1)(US Codes) prohibits any state from forbidding a system that conforms to FMVSS 108.
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modulators cause the headlight to flash, and are legal
real attention getter if you ever see one you will notice it
Seen em, good number of bikes round here that have them. Wasn't impressed...had to repeatedly point the same bike out to my mrs. before she even noticed it sitting at the red in the opposing lane, one car back but clearly visible.
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I used to ride with the hi-beam on all day for years. After buying the Vol I decided to upgrade the bulb to a PIAA super-white and it is much brighter, like the old hi-beam was but on the low beam setting.
It's cheaper and easiser to installthan the HID setup and it's plenty bright. I still went with the Walmart light mod too - I usually use em' at night or early morning. The more options at my disposal the better IMO.

No matter what you do - do something! The standard single headlight with stock bulb is woefully inadequate.
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I always ride with my highbeams on all the time. I think it is stock. I've never really checked.
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Check that your light is aimed properly. This helps a lot.
Get a "hotter" lamp, the whiter light makes it seem like they are brighter and they get a little more attention.
Get a light bar, I used high powered amber LEDs in mine for visiblity and no increase in current draw.

Another way to attect attention is mounting just LEDs on the front forks down low. People don't know what to make of them.
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Let me make myself perfectly clear. Running high-beam lights during daytime hours is not bright. Now don't make me have to go and steal another post. IMO, somebodies been looking at the sun too long.
You think your opinion is more reasoned than mine? Some high beams are dam bright, as you describe in your quote. And then you make some of the same points I made. You also make a closing statement that is contradicted by many sources siting studies/stats that say high-beams in the daytime do increase visibility. Whatever.
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