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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Flashing your high beams at intersections

Hey guys,

I'm a big fan of toggling my headlight when I approach intersections. Some people argue that drivers may read that as a "go ahead" signal saying that they can pull out in front of me.

I've been doing the normal toggling for a while now with very few problems. It breaks the monotony of daytime running lights, parking lights and other things cars often come standard with these days. Drivers seem to be trained to react to flashing and blinking lights from turn signals, ambulances, police cars, and construction vehicles etc..., so why not use that to our advantage.

I came up with a method that accomplishes two things: 1. It allows me to flash my headlight. and 2. It avoids the "go ahead" issue that comes with the usual lo-hi-lo method. Here it is... When approaching a "loaded" intersection i.e. one that has cars waiting to pull out, I do a "hi-2 lo-1" light toggle. Turn on your high beam for a two count and go back to lo for one count. It's not something like the usual flashing rhythm people are used to. Seems to be pretty affective in my experience, but I'm also a new rider.

What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 09:18 AM
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Naturally, everyone you talk to will give you a different opinion on this.

I think you're on the right track, but if you really feel this is an effective strategy, go ahead and "bite the bullet" and get a headlamp modulator. They're a relatively simple install. These devices come with sensors that turn them off automatically at night, avoiding an obvious major problem.

I don't run mine all the time, but when traffic conditions start to get "busy" I do turn mine on.

Despite what others may have told you, they're legal in all 50 states--and also in Canada.

It's good motorcycle courtesy to turn the modulator off when stopped (at intersections, for example)--or anytime you're stuck immediately behind any vehicle(s). It's also generally good form not to use it when riding inside a good-sized group (i.e., 5 or more bikes).

Since you've described yourself as a "new rider"....also consider reading Proficient Motorcycling by David L Hough (if you haven't already). A fantastic and very interesting read for newer riders.

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Hey guys,

I'm a big fan of toggling my headlight when I approach intersections. Some people argue that drivers may read that as a "go ahead" signal saying that they can pull out in front of me.

I've been doing the normal toggling for a while now with very few problems. It breaks the monotony of daytime running lights, parking lights and other things cars often come standard with these days. Drivers seem to be trained to react to flashing and blinking lights from turn signals, ambulances, police cars, and construction vehicles etc..., so why not use that to our advantage.

I came up with a method that accomplishes two things: 1. It allows me to flash my headlight. and 2. It avoids the "go ahead" issue that comes with the usual lo-hi-lo method. Here it is... When approaching a "loaded" intersection i.e. one that has cars waiting to pull out, I do a "hi-2 lo-1" light toggle. Turn on your high beam for a two count and go back to lo for one count. It's not something like the usual flashing rhythm people are used to. Seems to be pretty affective in my experience, but I'm also a new rider.

What do you guys think?
Do this in New England where I am originally from and every car at the intersection will cut you off. In fact they ignore all two wheeled vehicle, regardless of lighting technique. Furthermore, flashing, blinking whatever in that region means 'I yield right of way to you, NOW MOVE-IT!'. However, in Portland, OR where I now live, there is no need to flash or blink. Portland auto drivers yield right of way to an two wheeled vehicle.

You might want to look into a headlight modulator device. Basically, it flashes the hi/lo beam constantly for better visibility while riding.


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Do that here you'll be run over. Flashing the headlight says you first!

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here in pa to, that means your giving pasage to on comming trafic....like go ahead, you first.
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In daylight hours I usually run with the hi beam light on full time. It might be a little annoying to drivers facing me, but it doesn`t blind anyone, as it would at night.

I like the idea of the headlight and brakelight modulators, but haven`t pried my wallet open for them yet.

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Leave the lights alone, and hit your HORN. This says, in just about every place I have been .."Look out and get the Hell out of my Way!!!!"

Nothing works better, other than pulling out an Uzi and and firing a full clip into the air as you approach the intersection.
Bullets being expensive, I prefer the Horn when I am in doubt of everyones intentions.

Flashing you high beam usualy means around here either that there is cop ahead . slow down........or , zero in on my light and hit me.

You might have them confused now, but at some point some dufus is going to cut you off , and say to you as the ambulance takes you away.."Sorry, but you signaled me to go ahead."

So, next time, try the horn. And I would suggest installing a LOUDER one if you can.


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I do the High beam thing too.In one of my DOH! moments I asked MY CBR riding Friend why so many CBR's Had the left light out and he told me, 1 on low 2 on high and that he leaves his on high in the daytime because he wanted to be seen even if they didn't want to,I thought it was good point, so I do too now.Even if Ted did think I was a moron,I eventually catch on!!




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I have a modulator and their is al,ost no way anyone will take it for "go ahead"' The flash is to quick and repetative. That said I also have 130 DB horns to get their attention if they can't see the bike and flashing lights

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I put in a Diamond star headlight modulator, keeps the headlight flickering all the time.
http://www.signaldynamics.com/produc...dStar/dshm.asp

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