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Old February 3rd, 2014   #11
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Supposedly a study was done to determine what frequency of modulation would make a person involuntarily look in the direction of the modulating light source. I think they work well and I never had any related road rage incidents in many, many years use. Before I installed the modulator, I used to run around in the daytime with the high beams on - that did seem to piss off some drivers.

Now that I'm running the HIDs I no longer use a modulator as they're not compatible.
And another benefit of the HIDs that I have found is that everyone sees you day or night without the annoying flashing.
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Old February 3rd, 2014   #12
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No evidence one way or the other, I just hate them. I won't even speak to people who I know to have them, they have positioned themselves as so anti-social, I assume nothing good will come out of a conversation.
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Old February 3rd, 2014   #13
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No evidence one way or the other, I just hate them. I won't even speak to people who I know to have them, they have positioned themselves as so anti-social, I assume nothing good will come out of a conversation.

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Old February 4th, 2014   #14
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Using Headligth modulator is suppose to make a motorcycle more evident to other road user.
Ah, I see. That's why it's such a big topic, the old personal debate on what makes you most visible, I guess we all do what we feel best, I base my safety on the fact I assume nobody has ever seen me and do my best to ride with that in mind, that and headlight on.
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I would make them illegal. I agree they catch the attention of other drivers, but every time I see one in the distance my first reaction is that an emergency vehicle is approaching. As they have become more common on bikes I find I am less attuned to the flashing lights, which I see as possibly decreasing the safety of those in emergency vehicles. I'd save the flashing lights for them.
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And yet in MSF classes, we teach pumping one's brakes at stop signs TO MAKE OURSELVES MORE VISIBLE.

Blinking lights DO catch one's attention more than steady lights.

I've also noticed that HID headlights catch more attention too.
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Some of you are getting pretty crotchety, in your old age.
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And yet in MSF classes, we teach pumping one's brakes at stop signs TO MAKE OURSELVES MORE VISIBLE.

Blinking lights DO catch one's attention more than steady lights.

I've also noticed that HID headlights catch more attention too.
There is the danger of target fixation as well where a driver is mentally facinated and fixates on the flashing light and rear ends someone never having touched the brake pedal.

This can also happen with brightly reflective strips on the rear of our bikes or helmets.
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No power saving, on the contrary.
Every electrical component has a inrush current,(save HID lights, soft start motor starters and the like),that is higher than running current. Doesn't make any difference what type of load it is, so modulators actually use more current ( watts) than constant run. Insignificant, I would guess, as far as power consumption in this case, even adding the load of the actual modulator.
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Some of you are getting pretty crotchety, in your old age.
Clearly you have never experienced the misery of someone with one of these torture devices behind you. Zulaski thinks everyone rides so slow and he is one hawt rider, but the truth is anybody in front of him will do anything they can to let him pass just to get the kisan jerk-o-strobe out of their mirrors
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