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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-13-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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For your review and contemplation: the following video does a pretty good job offering one explanation of why cagers pull out in front of us, and one tactic you could use to help thwart this problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqQBubilSXU

This tactic was devised for use in Europe....in part because headlamp modulators are illegal over there.

A variation of this idea is offered by the safety crowd up in Minnesota (see #8 in the following list):

http://www.motorcyclesafety.state.mn...?cid=5&mid=280

Obviously, an alternative method for attacking this problem (during daylight hours, anyway) is with a good headlamp modulator (along with bright bulbs, and well-aimed headlamps).

FYI: For all riders in North America--headlamp modulators are perfectly legal in all 50 states, and also in Canada.

When I see headlamp modulators in action, I'm amazed at how effective they are....and how far away they attract one's attention. They are many times more effective than just a headlamp high beam, and really make a bike stand out from its background or other vehicle daytime headlamps in traffic.

Anyway, hope some of the above helps someone avoid an accident...or avoid getting killed......

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Thanks. That was worth watching.


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I missed what the hell Smidsy is supposed to mean, was it just a silly english phrase or an accronym for something.? (Wife allways has to ask me questions when I am trying to listen intently to something else...lol)

I would say that most times I in fact use this stratagy, although not the wobbly weaving back and forth , but movement to one side or another.

Most times if I see a car ready to pull out on the road in front of me, I will move to the farthest point to the left that I can, even changing lanes if possible.

I do this more to move myself as far from the car in case it starts to pull out rather than an attempt to attact attention to myself, but the result is the same.
If am headed towards an intersection or there is car in the oncoming lane waiting to turn left, I will do oppossite and quicky move as far to the right as I can, changing lanes if possible.

I have always done this, so I am glad to see I was doing something even more usefull than I thought was.

I will also mention here that I have noticed I have less folks attempting to cut me off in their cars on a weekly basis riding my FJR as opposed to the Vulcan. My only thoughts on why this is , other than luck , is the fact that the FJR has two side by side headlights that are fairly bright and the Vulcan only had one headlight that was a bit weak in comparison.

I am not really a fan of the headlight modulators, and I know somefolks swear by them, but after seeing a car that was traveling in front of me cut off a guy coming towards him who had a headlight mod unit flashing , I am skeptical on how usefull they really are. If a driver is not paying attention, he is not paying attention and short of sending a few rounds his way with a 12 gauge you might not get him to focus on what is in front of him.

(I have seen an old lady pull out in front of an oncoming ambulance with all its lights going plus its siren on too)


After seeing the video now, I will however increase my lateral movements when I can , but still end the move with placing my bike as far from the threat as possible....and still be prepared to react if all this proves futile.


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Oooops!

I guess a bit of prep info might make more sense out of part of the above.

"SMIDSY" is a British acronym for "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You"....

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For your review and contemplation: the following video does a pretty good job offering one explanation of why cagers pull out in front of us, and one tactic you could use to help thwart this problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqQBubilSXU

This tactic was devised for use in Europe....in part because headlamp modulators are illegal over there.

A variation of this idea is offered by the safety crowd up in Minnesota (see #8 in the following list):

http://www.motorcyclesafety.state.mn...?cid=5&mid=280

Obviously, an alternative method for attacking this problem (during daylight hours, anyway) is with a good headlamp modulator (along with bright bulbs, and well-aimed headlamps).

FYI: For all riders in North America--headlamp modulators are perfectly legal in all 50 states, and also in Canada.

When I see headlamp modulators in action, I'm amazed at how effective they are....and how far away they attract one's attention. They are many times more effective than just a headlamp high beam, and really make a bike stand out from its background or other vehicle daytime headlamps in traffic.

Anyway, hope some of the above helps someone avoid an accident...or avoid getting killed......
Thanks for posting this ! This stuff is awesome. Some things like movement etc...i have been doing but its nice to know that research backs it up. I ordered a headlight modulator and will be getting the back off as well. I am trying to be as visible as possible but i understand that I am only part of the equation.

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I have a modulator and have had people slow down until I passed them and then put their highbeams on and ride my butt. The point is they definately saw me. I agree with KM if they aint paying attention some of them wouldn't notice anything around--defensive riding is the absolute best tactic unti lthey let us shoot bad drivers.

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I have a modulator and have had people slow down until I passed them and then put their highbeams on and ride my butt. The point is they definately saw me. I agree with KM if they aint paying attention some of them wouldn't notice anything around--defensive riding is the absolute best tactic unti lthey let us shoot bad drivers.
Can you turn modulators on and off? I can see how they would p*ss off motorists if they were on all the time.
I have flashed my high beams at folks I thought didn't see me, but I was afraid they would think I was yielding to them and telling them to pull out in front of me.


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For those new to the idea, headlight modulators are usually wired to work with the high beam only.

Thus, they normally are "turned off" by switching to low beam.

Modulators have a light sensor that completely disables the modulator, so high beams can be used at night without any modulation.

It is generally considered good etiquette to turn a modulator off when directly behind another vehicle (while waiting at a traffic light, for instance). Or when stuck behind someone in very busy (like rush hour) traffic, then it's a good idea to turn the modulator off, as well.

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Oooops!

I guess a bit of prep info might make more sense out of part of the above.

"SMIDSY" is a British acronym for "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You"....
And the acronym for the weaving move to attract attention is "SIAM", for "Smidsy Identification and Avoidance Manoever"

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