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Old 02-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #21
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High output HIDs are great but they are expensive to make because of their use of precious metals. HIDs just use common xenon gas and a ballast to up the voltage to cause it glow. Effective and cheap to make.
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High output HIDs are great but they are expensive to make because of their use of precious metals. HIDs just use common xenon gas and a ballast to up the voltage to cause it glow. Effective and cheap to make.
U sure about that? There is a gap in the bulbs that the 25kv arc jumps across. The xenon is just there so the arc doesnt burn off the electrodes in 3 seconds
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The AMA had a list of several states where headlight modulators are illeagal. I would never have them on a bike because they confuse and/or anger drivers. They also cause target fixation. That may not be a popular view to the average rider but they are the wrong answer to a problem we all share.
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U sure about that? There is a gap in the bulbs that the 25kv arc jumps across. The xenon is just there so the arc doesnt burn off the electrodes in 3 seconds
It may not be the gas directly, but i thought they were like neon lamps. HV ac pulse flowing through a gas. With additives to the gas to change the colors.
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The AMA had a list of several states where headlight modulators are illeagal. I would never have them on a bike because they confuse and/or anger drivers. They also cause target fixation. That may not be a popular view to the average rider but they are the wrong answer to a problem we all share.
Id like to see the source since they're approved at a federal level... I'm also not aware of any studies that have demonstrated your negative claims (which also
run counter to my own experience).
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Id like to see the source since they're approved at a federal level... I'm also not aware of any studies that have demonstrated your negative claims (which also
run counter to my own experience).
It was in an issue a few years ago where they print a list of state laws like helmet use, eye protection, headlight use, ect.

The rest is just my opinion from riding with friends that have them and watching how car drivers react. I would feel diferent about them if every bike had them and car drivers were used to seeing them every day.

However, I think the taillight modulator is about the best thing out there.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #29
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Could you be confusing a federal standard on how the lights should operate with a federal law saying they can be used in every state? States set what can and can't be used or required on a street legal motorcycle.
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Nevermind, I see it now. The federal law overides any state law on the subject of modulators.
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Nevermind, I see it now. The federal law overides any state law on the subject of modulators.
Correct.. what you might have seen is where some states have enacted laws that mirror or supplement the federal.

Riding with one (prior to the unit going south), never really saw any...negative reaction, I did notice several instances where someone
getting ready to pull out of a parking lot etc, would do a double take and stop rather than pulling out and potentitally cutting me off.

...and well on occasion, there would be the driver that would notice is coming up in their rear view, and would change to the right lane. :-)
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Im not sold on the idea of the entire headlight(s) modulating. It is just too much light. I would like to see a setup with smaller running lights doing the same though. That might be a great setup but it would also depend on the car drivers reaction.

I do several charity rides each year and I cant stand to have someone riding behind me with a modulator. I just have to break the group and get back in behind them. It is very irritating.

Are you saying that your modulator went out and only one of your FZ1 lights is modulating?
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Im not sold on the idea of the entire headlight(s) modulating. It is just too much light. I would like to see a setup with smaller running lights doing the same though. That might be a great setup but it would also depend on the car drivers reaction.

I do several charity rides each year and I cant stand to have someone riding behind me with a modulator. I just have to break the group and get back in behind them. It is very irritating.

Are you saying that your modulator went out and only one of your FZ1 lights is modulating?
It'd randomly turn itself on/off... in full daylight, then later the light sensor went out.
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