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Old 08-23-2005, 01:37 PM   #1
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Finally went out for a ride today

I took my bike on it's first real trip besides the neighborhood, lol. I went to Chili's today and on my way home I noticed a problem. The f'ing light doesn't see me. What do you guys do to overcome this??
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

run it.. there isnt enough weight to trip the sensor, so you have to just wait till its safe and run it...
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:42 PM   #3
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I heard magnets work too.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:46 PM   #4
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

There are some devices to change/trip the sensor in the street but is just a regular magnet.

You can get a strong magnet from an old used computer hard drive. Their magnets are very strong and just use some plastics ties and attach it to the bottom of your bike.
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Old 08-23-2005, 02:04 PM   #5
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

I either just run the light or I've also heard about putting your side stand down on the square on the road.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

I've only had that problem once with a traffic light, and once with an apartment gate(exit). Yeah you can buy a magnet that is made for that. They are really strong, just stick it to the underside of you bike somewhere.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

i have a magnet and it helps on most signals...but i have also noticed that if i ride up on one side of the sensor box and apply brakes as i enter the box and stop before i leave then it will trip the sensors that the magnet doesnt...side note you have to apply the brakes hard like your gonna do a stoppie/endo (i.e. 15-20 mph and brake hard enough to make front end dip) if that doesn't work then i will either wait a couple cycles and run it (usually only at night when there isn't much traffic) or turn right then make a u turn
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:46 PM   #8
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

Guess I'll have to look into the magnet idea. I'm not gonna start running the lights and give the cops more of a reason to pay attention to me. Besides, I've been hit by some jackass that ran a light so that's a no no

The only time it happened to me was when I was trying to turn left into my neighborhood. Everywhere else there was someone else at the light w/ me.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

Since this topic has been brought up I'd like to put a myth to bed. The sensors for lights are NOT weight sensitive. They're magnetic. A lot of people think that their bikes don't set off the sensors because they don't weigh enough. Its just that there's not enough metal, and in the case of most sportbikes, not enough ferromagnetic metal (I think this is the right type of magnet) to cause an induction current in the wire laid in the street.

If you still think they're weight sensitive: think of semi's. Those things will park with all their wheels completely outside the litle box, and still trip the sensor.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

I used to roll with a good friend of mine doing Repo's...... and an old trick we used to use to get into apartment complexes was a piece of cardboard wrapped in tin-foil and a rope attached to it, throw it over the sensor strips and drag it and Bam ! gates open, .... so same basic principle applied here, I spray glued some tin foil to the inside and out side of my lower fairing and voila ! no problems yet.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

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I used to roll with a good friend of mine doing Repo's...... and an old trick we used to use to get into apartment complexes was a piece of cardboard wrapped in tin-foil and a rope attached to it, throw it over the sensor strips and drag it and Bam ! gates open, ....* so same basic principle applied here, I spray glued some tin foil to the inside and out side of my lower fairing and voila ! no problems yet.
nice tip! can you see the tin foil?
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

that sounds like a good idea. Are you talking about the aluminum foil used for food (I know you said tin but didn't know if there was a difference)?
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that sounds like a good idea.* Are you talking about the aluminum foil used for food (I know you said tin but didn't know if there was a difference)?
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:51 PM   #15
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

I just went outside to look where I could put it and theres really no place unless I line the inside of the side fairings w/ it. Think that'll work?

im stupid. the dude just said thats where he put his, lol. I'm having a bad day I guess :dontknow:
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How would that work? Foil that most people have in their house is Aluminum and won't do a thing. :dontknow:
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

i imagine that this method/trick depends on the sensor that is in the ground reads a car above it with some kind of sonar. So the motorcycle is usally to slim to return the signal that it sends out, but a peice of foil should work as a better signal-reflecting surface.

I can honestly say that i've never figured out how those sensors work. i'm going to go look it up right now.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

it's wieght.. either have a car pull up behind you or get in the middle and start jumping on your bike.
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Re: Finally went out for a ride today

well I tried the alum. foil and that didn't help. Guess I'll have to look for somethin to put under the bike
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