and I believe that was true. However, after the fact does no good. He would have needed to see you before for it to make a difference, but his brain is not wired that way and motorcycles don't register to him.and he had obviously seen my flashing light after the fact
I have ridden with modulators, though not on my personal bikes. I do NOT like the reactions I noted from other road users.FredBGG said:How long have you risen with a modulator on a bike?
Just to get one thing clear. I do not rely on a headlight modulator to be a substitute for other preventative riding techniques.
It's just one part of the equation.
You could always switch modulating lights on/off quickly to get focused attention same as switching low to high beams. Then you have the best of both. Ability to judge distance as least means that you are seen in the first place, most drivers err on caution but a quick on/off pulse when suspecting someone to pull out never hurts. I know the modulating brake lights work great and really make it known that you are slowing/stopping. A single steady brake light pales in comparison.EricV said:...
The problem lies in the negative aspects of the headlight modulator. Not only does it not help, it harms and increases your risks among those that DO see you by decreasing their ability to judge your distance from them. Remember, the car/bike in front of you doesn't need to be reminded you're there. Turn it to low beams in traffic. I don't know, but I suspect you leave it on all the time when riding. This is a classic error, because there is no change to get other road users attention.
You don't always have the avoidance options available that you suggest. i.e. boxed in with heavy traffic on all sides. The horn is not to be used in an emergency situation, it is an early warning device. Nothing wrong with a short horn blast to let a car know you are there. But once they commit to invading your space it doesn't buy you much so avoidance actions need your full attention.RonH said:The horn is right up there with the modulator. Worthless. Sure it can be used when someone doesn't see you and starts over in your lane, but the same thing canbe accomplished by simply rolling on the throttle, rolling off, simply letting the person in. The amount of effort, little as it is to push a horn button is better spent avoiding being hit...
Now some modulator lover is going to jump in here and school you in the difference between modulaton and flashing. I'm on your side, the damn things look like they're flashing to me.Andylaser said:Not an issue, as they arent legal in the UK. We have laws regarding flashing lights.
On the flip-side, what would happen if you dazzled someone with the light going to high beam and caused them to have an accident?
It doesn't work out that way. Motorcycles headlights on high beam can and will blind someone even in the middle of the day. I've met MC's with their high beams on and they were too bright to look at. I can only imagine how much they blind an elderly person with bad eyesight. Good defensive riding will do a lot more good than a bunch of bright flashing lights.FredBGG said:DOT modulators are designed with a light sensor and only modulate when there is enough daylight so as to avoid your lights dazzling someone.
You don't need an extra switch just simply switch to low beam and it does not modulate. The Kisan modulates only in high beam when there is daylight. You can also switch to low beams when you're riding directly behind other bike or cars if you like..FredBGG said:...
The Kisan Modulator for Super Tenere only modulates in high beam and is always on when enough daylight hits the sensor. You can put a switch in the sensor line to turn modulation on and off, but the sensor will still automatically turn off the modulation when it gets dark.
+1 here, completely true now as ever.offcamber said:...No matter what you do there will be someone out there who "didn't see you"...
It appears that you fail to see the difference in throwing your brights on someone from the rear in an attempt to get them out of the way vs riding down the road with a bright flashing light blinding and annoying the hell out of thousands of drivers. Some asshat riding 30mph blocking the road isn’t in the same category as Grandma coming at you on a two lane road not being able to see anything. Apples & oranges. I'm done.FredBGG said:And you have a problem with headlight modulators