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I also keep an eye on my mirrors when stopped at a light...watching cars coming up from behind me...I'll usually tap the brakes a couple times to make sure they see me.

Ever get caught stopped behind a tractor trailer at night? More likely than not you will not be seen by cars approaching as you are now included in the display of lights usually outlining the rear of the trailers...had that happen to me once and it wasn't till the last second the driver realized there was a mc behind the trailer...he thankfully ended up on the side of me...I think we both learned a valuable lesson that night.

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This is another good argument for the Volo lights.
I have them on my C-50, and they certainly help.
Not hard to install, and it's a good amount of prevention for $100.
You beat me to it Joe! The Vololights license plate frame uses decelerometers to sense deceleration (throttle roll off or downshift) and flashes a series of LED around the frame. Studies have shown that over 75% of decelerating on a motorcycle never uses the brake. Motorcycles are hard to see with slim profiles and cagers crowd us all the time anyway, so anything that alerts them to us slowing down is welcome. I have noticed a marked difference on how cars follow me since I installed the Vololights frame. (Yes, I am a fan and one of the first 100 people to invest in their Kickstarter campaign).

I also find it amazing that some bikes have some of the smallest tail lights I've ever seen (or not seen), either by design or modification. I understand the desire to have sleek lines or cool LEDs, but safety trumps looks in my book anyday. I added a set of turn/brake/running LED lights on my saddle bags for added visibility. They aren't super stylish, but look good enough and make me WAY more visible and that's all I care about.
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Ditto......
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I have been riding my M50 for a relatively short time but have noticed that I tend to downshift once or twice before braking. (On my scooters I would be on the brakes much sooner.) After reading this read I did some searching and found other deceleration modules such as the Gear Brake. I have a flasher module installed but I think I am going to swap it out for one of these - should be an easy installation.

Do any OEMs offer deceleration, brake modulator, or headlight modulator features? I am unaware of any.


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I have never seen an OEM deceleration flasher option. Might have something to do with all the various state laws.

Do not use a headlight blinker/modulator. Many states don’t allow them and I had a buddy that had one and got in an accident with a car turning in front of him. Sued the motorist and lost because the driver though he was flashing his headlight to indicate he could turn.

I do have a wig-wag circuit hooked up to my auxiliary lights and use it occasionally. I get stopped by police about 50% of the time, but never have been issued a citation.



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I have never seen an OEM deceleration flasher option. Might have something to do with all the various state laws.

Do not use a headlight blinker/modulator. Many states don’t allow them and I had a buddy that had one and got in an accident with a car turning in front of him. Sued the motorist and lost because the driver though he was flashing his headlight to indicate he could turn.

I do have a wig-wag circuit hooked up to my auxiliary lights and use it occasionally. I get stopped by police about 50% of the time, but never have been issued a citation.
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 the standard. Title 49 USC 30103 (b1) (US Codes) prohibits any state from forbidding a system that conforms to FMVSS 108. Your statement about states not allowing them appears to be incorrect - can you cite a reference statute? Don't see how one could lose a lawsuit based on federal law. Must have had a bad lawyer.
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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 the standard. Title 49 USC 30103 (b1) (US Codes) prohibits any state from forbidding a system that conforms to FMVSS 108. Your statement about states not allowing them appears to be incorrect - can you cite a reference statute? Don't see how one could lose a lawsuit based on federal law. Must have had a bad lawyer.
****: I will submit to your knowledge on the subject, but we all know that what the "law" is and what officers understand is open to interpretation (which is why I may have never been sighted during a stop). In my friends case, he lost on the basis that the cager felt he was flashing him to go ahead and giving him permission.



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I was following a semi today and he liked to coast alot. Almost never did he tap his brakes when he came up on a stale green light or one that was red. Caught myself a couple times closing in on him quicker than I'd like to. Thats even when the light was green.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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I was following a semi today and he liked to coast alot. Almost never did he tap his brakes when he came up on a stale green light or one that was red. Caught myself a couple times closing in on him quicker than I'd like to. Thats even when the light was green.
There's a great deal of semi drivers out there who, for whatever reason, would rather use their engine brakes than to take the massive amount of energy required to shift a foot and step on a brake pedal.
This is the exact equivalent of us not using ours, with similar results.

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