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Old 12-11-2009, 12:25 AM   #21
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I believe the statute says that you must wait one full light cycle, then proceed safely through the intersection.
There is no such provision in the statute, nor is there case law to this effect. The only vehicles that can statutorily run a red light are authorized emergency vehicles. The proper method to deal with such a situation is to turn right and possibly u-turn further down, or find an alternative route.

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Don't say things like this unless you know, and then you should add references. Otherwise you are just spreading rumors that don't mean anything.
The post about being magnetically triggered is correct. The problem for many bikes is they have so little steel that they won't trigger the light. Not much you can do about it, except try the kickstand method. There is also a mfr that sells a decent size magnet you can put on the bottom of your bike to help trigger.
There was a law passed recently that says that the light must recognize all legal vehicles but it will be years before the state can make that a reality. It does offer a possible defence if you take the ticket to court.
This is true. Texas Transportation Code 544.0075(b) says that if a traffic control signal is of the kind that varies the intervals according to the demands of vehicular traffic, it "must be capable of registering the presence of a motorcycle."

Therefore, if the device cannot properly detect motorcycles, it is not an authorized traffic control signal as defined by the statute.

Tx. Trans. Code 544.003(a) says that all vehicle operators must comply with official traffic-control devices.

That is the law, for what it's worth.
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I should add that those are the applicable statutes, and my interpretation of how they would flow together. There is zero case law on the subject because 544.0075(b) is so new. Suffice it to say that there is no clear cut statutory language that allows a motorcycle rider to run a red light under any circumstance aside from the obvious ones (directed by a police officer or operating an emergency vehicle).
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Many traffic lights use inductive loop sensors in the pavement, there are magnets available at most bike shops that you can place on the bottom of your bike to aid in setting off the sensor.
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well like i always say, 2 wrongs dont make a right, but 3 left turns do . . .
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:32 AM   #28
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well like i always say, 2 wrongs dont make a right, but 3 left turns do . . .
Dang now you have to wait thru 3 left lights that take forever or wont change.
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Im not a fan of strong magnets near my electronics. Plus I like to see the metal build up(if any) on my drainplugs vs being held up in the engine from a magnet.

I do the kickstand trick directly on the magnetic strip. Otherwise if you have to sit that long at a light, dont take that turn again unless there is traffic behind you.

BTW Evo, my busa had problems but then again it was lifted not lowered
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just line your tires up right on the sensors it has worked so far for me
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Im not a fan of strong magnets near my electronics. Plus I like to see the metal build up(if any) on my drainplugs vs being held up in the engine from a magnet.

I do the kickstand trick directly on the magnetic strip. Otherwise if you have to sit that long at a light, dont take that turn again unless there is traffic behind you.

BTW Evo, my busa had problems but then again it was lifted not lowered
do you have an alterantor in your bike with 8 super strong very large magnets spinning at very high speeds. The magnets in mine are much stronger then the cow magnets that are somtimes sold at motorcyle shops. Then I also have a starter motor on some of my bikes and it has electro-magnets in it stronger then the alterators magnets but not spinning as fast. Do not be afraid of the little magnets people sell of course don't leave your credit cards on them.

edit as of a year ago September there is a law in Texas that the lights can't skip you.
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The way I do it works 100% of the time and I never had to buy anything!!! I ride up to the turn lane, put down my kick stand, hop off, run over to cross walk, mash the pedestrian cross button, look both ways, run back over to bike, hop back on, kick stand up, light turns green

Or I wait till a car comes behind me, but honestly that sometimes takes awhile at 1 in the morning.

But usually I don't seem to be having this problem, as I'll try and get over the corner of the sensor.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:57 AM   #35
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The way I do it works 100% of the time and I never had to buy anything!!! I ride up to the turn lane, put down my kick stand, hop off, run over to cross walk, mash the pedestrian cross button, look both ways, run back over to bike, hop back on, kick stand up, light turns green

Or I wait till a car comes behind me, but honestly that sometimes takes awhile at 1 in the morning.

But usually I don't seem to be having this problem, as I'll try and get over the corner of the sensor.
Sounds like your setting yourself up for your bike to ride off without you haha. This is definitely an annoyance, I wait one cycle and go most of the time
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this happens to me all the time.. Usually i'll get out of the turn lane then flip a U-turn somewhere past the intersection. Sometime i wait and sometimes i just run it.
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I'm assuming that the sensors in apartment gates are the same deal - magnetic loops. I can't figure anything out in terms of getting my gate to open with the bike. Found one of those magnets on ebay or something and gave it a try - stuck it to my bottom fairing brace...still didn't seem to want to open the gate.
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I'm assuming that the sensors in apartment gates are the same deal - magnetic loops. I can't figure anything out in terms of getting my gate to open with the bike. Found one of those magnets on ebay or something and gave it a try - stuck it to my bottom fairing brace...still didn't seem to want to open the gate.
theres not a keypad?
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theres not a keypad?
Not for the exit gate. Entrance you need a keycard to get in, exit is automatic.
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Not for the exit gate. Entrance you need a keycard to get in, exit is automatic.
weird, our gate has a keypad to get out too, if you cant set off the sensor.
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