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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-29-2018, 05:43 PM
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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.
That's my point exactly. As a semi driver, I still try to tap my brakes if I'm going to coast a bit coming to a light. It is easier, and quicker, to get back up to speed if you don't have to come to a complete stop. Then the cars aren't racing around my and cutting me off as soon as they pass.
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In my friends case, he lost on the basis that the cager felt he was flashing him to go ahead and giving him permission.
Like I said, he must have had a bad lawyer. What does flashing headlights actually mean? Particularly back in the 55 mph speed limit days many drivers flashed oncoming traffic to indicate a speed trap that they just passed. Florida actually made this legal in 2013. Who's to say that's not what the motorcyclist was indicating? Also drivers of like cars such as Corvettes sometimes flash to say "hello" when passing. I would have argued that it was incorrect for the cager to interpret a headlight flash to mean any particular thing such as the motorcycle yielding. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to misinterpret a constant modulation as a single or double flash. A little video of the modulator in action would be effective evidence.

Basically, apply this reasoning (I clipped this from Wikipedia):

Headlight flashing as an effective mode of driver communication has been questioned, and researchers have found the ability of drivers to communicate with one another is about the same as the communication abilities among insects. However, when used as a means of increasing conspicuousness to other drivers, as in the case of motorcycle high/low beam modulators, it is highly effective.

Flashed headlamps can have ambiguous or contradictory meanings, with no way for the observing driver to tell for sure what the flashing driver is trying to say. It may mean, for example, that the flashing driver intends to yield the right of way, or instead that he intends to take it. Misinterpretation of the flashing driver's intent can cause crashes.
Fault on the cager, not the motorcyclist.

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Other than throwing out a spike strip when I brake, I figure it's about as good as it gets.
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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.
I have the gear brake and i have noticed people now stay back when i only downshift.
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