headlight modulator


Anything goes - doesn't fit any other category!
  • Sponsored Links
dmor1019
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:45 pm
Location: greenwood,IN.
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition

headlight modulator

Postby dmor1019 » Sun May 01, 2011 1:49 pm



Anyone used the modulator from JC Whitney? I would like to have one, however some of the prices are up there. The one from Whitney is just a resistor( so it looks like ),and I need to figure out the best way to wire it if I buy this. any help would be appreciated.



dmor1019



User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 01, 2011 3:41 pm

Legal headlight modulators are more than just a resistor, which is why they are a bit pricey. They have to modulate the headlight between precise percentages of output, as well as turn on and off automatically based upon calibrated amounts of daylight. If they don't do both of these things, they are not legal for road use.

I put a Pathblazer modulator on my bike, and I quite like it. It's a quality piece of equipment.

caronroger
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:18 pm
Location: Katy TX
Motorcycle: 2006 GL1800 Goldwing Trike

Re: headlight modulator

Postby caronroger » Sun May 01, 2011 7:43 pm

I have modulators on my wing and they work great. I purchased them from my local Honda dealers store.
You mount one between the light bulb and the connecting wires on both high beam lights. Not on your low beam lights. The real ones sell for around $150 to $200.00. Mine are made by Kisan. Their web site is as follows: https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=2
Keep in mind they are not flashers which are illegle. They modulate your headlights 200 times a minute.
They keep you very visable during the daytime. There is a photocell that shuts off the modulator when it gets dark so your lights work normally at night.
People see you when your lights are modulating. Many times when I am out on a country road cars and trucks that are coming toward me will move way over on the shoulder to give me plenty of room as they probably think I am an emergency vehicle.
When riding with a group some people are bothered by the modulation so just switch to low beam and keep everyone happy.
Roger Caron

Wadcutter
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon May 10, 2010 5:15 pm
Location: Springfield, IL
Motorcycle: GL1500

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Wadcutter » Sun May 01, 2011 7:51 pm

I've got a Pathblazer on my 1500 and really like it. Got it on ebay for $60, new price.

User avatar
WA9FWT
Posts: 828
Joined: Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:19 pm
Location: sheboygan WI U.S. A.
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade Now a Trike
1975 Cb750K sold

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WA9FWT » Tue May 03, 2011 2:09 pm

I too will never drive a bike with out the head light Modulator. After I have seen what it does by cagers noticing me it has saved my Butt a number of times. Several times I have had people pull up along side me to inform me my head light was going on and off.Of coarse I shout back, it's doing it's job you saw me ...

I wonder why manufactures don't have them on all new cycles ?... Not legal all over the world ?

The cost is worth a life I say. Unit was a Pathblazer, by Kisan installed.
WA9FWT Phil

User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 2865
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Re: headlight modulator

Postby dingdong » Tue May 03, 2011 5:24 pm

Mine is a WigWag. Not riding without one.
Tom

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

actionpack
Posts: 359
Joined: Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:29 pm
Location: hale , mi.
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200a

Re: headlight modulator

Postby actionpack » Tue May 03, 2011 10:05 pm

being seen is a given , if they don't see ya , ya mite as well kiss your arse good bye , i don't have a modulator , i have to watch the cagers like a hawk
Image

User avatar
Sally
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:25 am
Location: Dundee,NY
Motorcycle: 02 goldwing

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Sally » Wed May 04, 2011 9:04 am

I also have a pathblazer on my wing.WOW what a differents people see you some times it pisses them off because they think your a emergency vechicle. I had people pull up to me after they know I'm not a cop and screem at me.. Yep it's doing it job. But they are pricey well worth it.. I had a guy run a stop sign seen my lights and pulled over I waved when I went by.LOL

Old Fogey
Posts: 724
Joined: Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:09 am
Location: Glasgow Scotland
Motorcycle: 1976 GL1000
1979 GL1000
Contact:

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Old Fogey » Mon May 09, 2011 9:27 am

Totally illegal over here. Put one on and the cops will pull you and book you faster than you can blink!
Image Image

'Impossible' is just a level of difficulty! The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask first!

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 9:46 am

Old Fogey wrote:Totally illegal over here. Put one on and the cops will pull you and book you faster than you can blink!


It's a real shame, because they really do work in getting people to see you coming. They became legal here once "daytime running lights" became standard on cars, meaning the motorcycles running with their headlights on during the day no longer stood out in traffic. With a modulator, you definitely stand out.

User avatar
thrasherg
Posts: 1839
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: headlight modulator

Postby thrasherg » Mon May 09, 2011 11:54 am

So how long before cars have modulators and bikes have to find another way to stand out?? :D

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2011 1:19 pm

Modulators help, but they aren't perfect. I was riding from my office today, coming up to a T intersection, all 2-lane roads. A guy in a pickup truck was sitting at the "base" of the T, I was approaching from his right (he was on my left). He was sitting there waiting to turn left, I was about to turn left as well. No lights, he had a stop sign, there were no other signs or signals.

As I approached, I watched him like I always do, and noticed he wasn't looking at me. He was looking the other direction for cars. My "motorcycle sixth sense" turned on, and I saw the front wheel of his truck start to move as he started to pull out in front of me. I was already on my brakes and horn, as I was now expecting him to do exactly what he was now doing. The dual FIAMM Freeway Blasters I have on my bike got his attention. His head swiveled around at the sound of my horns and suddenly he saw what he had ignored - that he was about to cut me off and cause an accident. His truck lurched as he dove on his brakes, and I gave him a nasty look as I turned wide to get around his truck, which was now sitting half into the intersection. I saw the shocked look on his face, and I didn't even need to stop - I knew he hadn't seen me. Idiot. Hopefully he'll look for the motorcycle next time.

Scooby
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:19 pm
Location: North Bend, Washington, USA
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Scooby » Mon May 09, 2011 1:36 pm

Lost count a long time ago how many times the scenario described by WingAdmin has happened. That said, I need to get my Kisan modulators installed. :shock:
-- Mike

actionpack
Posts: 359
Joined: Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:29 pm
Location: hale , mi.
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200a

Re: headlight modulator

Postby actionpack » Mon May 09, 2011 9:11 pm

i dare say , theres nobody out there on a scoot who havent been a target for a cager , its like we have a big bulls eye painted on our bikes , :shock: :shock:
Image

User avatar
Steve F
Posts: 387
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:25 pm
Location: suburban Chicago
Motorcycle: 1976 Honda CB750F Cafe' (sold :>( )
'03 GL1800

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Steve F » Mon May 09, 2011 10:12 pm

The problem with modulators is they're great when approaching head-on, and not so great at intersections since they can't be seen very well from the side.
Steve F
"To ride is the reason, the destination the excuse."

User avatar
WA9FWT
Posts: 828
Joined: Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:19 pm
Location: sheboygan WI U.S. A.
Motorcycle: 1982 GL1100A Aspencade Now a Trike
1975 Cb750K sold

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WA9FWT » Tue May 10, 2011 10:09 am

Late last fall when I took my cycle seat in to get revamped, I walked in to see my friends arm in a cast. ( He and I have been riding for years ) He explained to me a cager pulled out from a stop sign and he hit them broadside.

That was the end of his old BMW!! I then I asked if he would ever ride again, he wasn't sure was his answer.I went on to mention about using a headlight modulator, and he had never heard about them. After I explained how they work, he said maybe I could have been saved if I had one on my old BMW.

I just can not stress how every one should have one installed, no matter what country you ride in...

It wasn't too long ago I almost hit a cycle my self, next thing I knew he was along side me as I just pulled out from a stop sign. I was shocked to see him along side me. Of coarse he let me know by that hand signal :evil:
!! WA9FWT Phil

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 10, 2011 10:25 am

While driving my truck a couple years ago, I pulled out from my subdivision after checking to make sure nobody was coming - and suddenly out of nowhere there was a motorcycle! I jammed my brakes on, he swerved, and disaster was averted. I NEVER SAW HIM. I LOOK for motorcycles, I was looking right down the road where he was, and I never saw him. It kind of scared me.

A couple weeks later, I pulled up to the same intersection, and saw a flashing light about 1/4 mile down the road. The flashing light caught my eye, and when I looked closer, I could see that it was a motorcycle, with a headlight modulator.

I put one on my bike shortly afterwards. I just put one on the little 250 that my wife is learning to ride on. I won't ride without one.

User avatar
giturgun
Posts: 63
Joined: Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:15 pm
Location: Kingsport
Motorcycle: 88 1500 gl

Re: headlight modulator

Postby giturgun » Sat May 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Got one on the front and one on the brake light . I can tell there are less cars pulling out now Have seen them suddenly notice the flashing and slam on th ebrakes with a surprised look on the old mug. I think at times like that the first thought is I am a police or emergency veh and it heightens the fear of almost pulling out.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
[b]The Phantom gray is not the fastest wing color , But it has been known to slip by quickly and appear in front of faster colors at times[/b]

User avatar
guitarlos
Posts: 146
Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:45 am
Location: Speedway IN
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100

Re: headlight modulator

Postby guitarlos » Tue May 17, 2011 7:53 am

WingAdmin, do you still have the link to the FED code fo rthe Mod lights? I had it printed once and kept it with me, but lost it. Would be nice to have int eh saddle bags again just in case I get into it with a zealous newbie officer. ;)

Thanks in advance!

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: headlight modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 17, 2011 11:10 am

guitarlos wrote:WingAdmin, do you still have the link to the FED code fo rthe Mod lights? I had it printed once and kept it with me, but lost it. Would be nice to have int eh saddle bags again just in case I get into it with a zealous newbie officer. ;)

Thanks in advance!


It's in the manuals page - look for: Motorcycle Headlight Modulator Regulations - USA and Canada

User avatar
Sally
Posts: 421
Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:25 am
Location: Dundee,NY
Motorcycle: 02 goldwing

Re: headlight modulator

Postby Sally » Fri May 20, 2011 12:45 pm

Here is a link to a printable version of the law for those who would like to carry it with them.. I have a copy in my trunk at all times... Sally

http://users.snip.net/~WCLAMB/mod-law.htm




Return to “Goldwing Chat”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: LloydB, Yahoo Slurp [Bot] and 3 guests