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KDArrant
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strobing brake lights

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1991 1500 SE GW, thinking about the LED flashing brake light bulbs, are they a good idea?


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Re: strobing brake lights

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I've seen them on several different bikes and a few cars. THEY ARE EYE CATCHERS.
I'm looking into it also. ;)

One thing I noticed, someone put the strobe on there OEM brake light. Almost couldn't tell it was flashing. The amount of time from DIM to BRIGHT to DIM takes time & that overlaps the strobe timing.
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Re: strobing brake lights

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Yes, they are a great idea.
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Re: strobing brake lights

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I have them on my 2013 1800, also had them on my 98 and 07 Yamaha Royal Stars, they really get noticed by the folks behind you.
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Re: strobing brake lights

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Just make sure they flash up to 5 times and then go to a steady burn. Those are leagal, anything that flashes more is not.

I use these instead of changing bulbs. Unless the bulb is a high quality one, you run the risk of them failing. The cheap China stuff fails all the time. That is why they are cheap.

https://hyperlites.com/

I have the running/turn signal/stop ones on my wing. I have used the just flashing on other bikes. My first set is over 15 years old and is still going strong.
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Re: strobing brake lights

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Snowmoer wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:45 am Just make sure they flash up to 5 times and then go to a steady burn. Those are leagal, anything that flashes more is not.
These are some reasons why you can probably still get away with it:

1) Roadside: "Well, gee, officer, they were working right when I hooked them up, but I never see them back there, so didn't know that they were stuck flashing!"

2) Roadside: "They DO only flash five times, so I just hit the brake a couple of times . . .see?"

3) Watch Commander's office: "What's the story on that stop you made this afternoon? Did you REALLY burn 10 minutes for a BRAKE LIGHT, while I had to send an out-of-district car to a Code 2 that you couldn't handle . . ? Was this the highest and best use of your patrol time?"

4) Locker room: "Hey, ol' Smitty must be bucking for detective, he ran down a FLASHER the other day!"

5) Traffic Court prosecutor: "Drop this one to the bottom of the stack, if there's time we'll present it. And Officer Smith had sure as hell better be sitting here the whole day in case we DO get to it!"

6) Hizzoner Da Judge: "The court can see no reasonable way to construe this as an attempt to make a Goldwing impersonate a police motorcycle, and the defendant has submitted proof of inspection certifying that the brake flasher is operating as set down in law, so I am dismissing this case."

Those six things, running through the cop's mind, are why he or she will probably, at most, pull up next to you and say "Hey, you know your brake flasher is stuck? It's only supposed to go five flashes then steady!"
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Re: strobing brake lights

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Snowmoer wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:45 am Just make sure they flash up to 5 times and then go to a steady burn. Those are leagal, anything that flashes more is not.

I use these instead of changing bulbs. Unless the bulb is a high quality one, you run the risk of them failing. The cheap China stuff fails all the time. That is why they are cheap.

https://hyperlites.com/

I have the running/turn signal/stop ones on my wing. I have used the just flashing on other bikes. My first set is over 15 years old and is still going strong.
I have used Hyperlites on several bikes and currently have some on my tow behind trailer. They are a very nice addition.

I do disagree on the blanket statement regarding flashing brake lights. There is no standard on this and each state, territory, or municipality may have different regulations in this matter. MSF does promote manually flashing your brake lights and many states use MSF training for their motorcycle endorsement so the state is in effect telling you to do it.
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Re: strobing brake lights

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KDArrant wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:51 pm 1991 1500 SE GW, thinking about the LED flashing brake light bulbs, are they a good idea?
Welcome to the forum.
Better than changing the bulbs is to modify your lights to LED strips.



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