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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2007, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Most traffic lights operate on a magnetic senser to change the left turn arrow light from red to green. Motorcycles usually don't have enough steel to trip the sensor and you find yourself sitting there with no green arrow for your left turn. Place magnets under the frame of your bike and the magnetic impulse will get the light senser to think you are a full size car and the left turn arrow will turn green for you at the next cycle. I clamped ( worm gear hose clamps ) one magnet on the side stand, one on the frame near the side stand and another magnet placed on the center stand frame. The magnets need to be facing down towards the road. You can use magnets retrieved from old worn speakers or buy them at a hardware store. A real cheap way to avoid sitting at a light waiting for the left turn green arrow. It works great, try it.

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I just wait until i get pissed then run and gun(7000 rpm's) works for me.
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Most traffic lights operate on a magnetic senser to change the left turn arrow light from red to green. Motorcycles usually don't have enough steel to trip the sensor and you find yourself sitting there with no green arrow for your left turn. Place magnets under the frame of your bike and the magnetic impulse will get the light senser to think you are a full size car and the left turn arrow will turn green for you at the next cycle. I clamped ( worm gear hose clamps ) one magnet on the side stand, one on the frame near the side stand and another magnet placed on the center stand frame. The magnets need to be facing down towards the road. You can use magnets retrieved from old worn speakers or buy them at a hardware store. A real cheap way to avoid sitting at a light wating for the left turn green arrow. It works great, try it.
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I have found that just dropping the sidestand down till it taps the pavement over the sensors is enough to trip the sensor.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2007, 02:30 AM
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Damn medic... ya gotta change that icon... too many of your posts with that Icon and I might need an icon...

The main thing with the traffic light sensors is to make sure that you roll over them as near the center as possible (at least 'round here there's metal rings in the asphalt that indicate where they are). Most traffic signals will respond as long as ya do that. Those that don't are often stubborn with cars too (there''s a few like that around here).

Or just do as suggested above - look for cops and traffic, gun it and GO!

I believe it was fergy who offered anecdotal evidence that those magnets increase the chances of flat tires (causing nails to stand up prior to running over them).

I would be interested blaze - have you tried stubborn lights with and without the magnets and noticed a difference, or did you simply toss the magnets on - see that the lights work - and assume the magnets worked?

It would be interesting to do a scientific test... pull up to approximately the same spot - same time of day - 3+ intersections - 10+ trials with and without the magnets... time the lights and take an average....

hmm...

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I wonder if the red light cameras work the same way? Albuquerque is nice enough to have these freakin red light cameras all over the place. If they work the same way as the light changing sensor then no ticket for me!!!!!
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