Headlight Modulator


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DarthJ
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by DarthJ » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:06 am



Andy Cote wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:39 am

In the US, you could still get a ticket if you argue with a LEO and shove the Federal MVSS in his face. They will not recognize the federal rules. You would go to court and they will then dismiss buy you'll lose a day.

IMHO, a better solution. I have reviewed the state motor vehicle laws where I ride most often. They all are similar and restrict use of "alternating headlights." Were I to be stopped I would nicely point out that "my lights are not alternating Off/On - Left/Right but are going bright to dim in unison and which is a safety feature in accordance with the FMVSS."

True, they specifically refer to the "wig-wag" pattern on most LEO and other emergency response vehicles. Since a modulator brightens/dims BOTH in unison, that would be a much better and safer point to make and most would look, probably agree and be on your way. Arguing with a uniformed officer on the side of the road is always a bad idea.


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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by DougEFresh1123 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm

I currently use one on my Magna, from Kriss.com and feel the modulation has stopped a few cars from turning in front of me. Once while stopped at a stop light I had an officer question me about it and he stated he didn't think it was legal. I politely said yes sir it is and was discussed in my motorcycle safety class. He asked me were I bought it from so I spelled out the website, he nodded and pulled away as the light changed.

I'm sure he's seen me many more times since this occurred along my usual route to/from work.

I want to add a modulator to the 'Wing but am also pondering upgrading the lights to LED and not sure if there is a modulator for LED lights. :?:
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by Andy Cote » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:43 pm

DougEFresh1123 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm
I want to add a modulator to the 'Wing but am also pondering upgrading the lights to LED and not sure if there is a modulator for LED lights. :?:
Yes. Kisan makes one compatible with LED bulbs. It works on high beam only.

Signal Dynamics is working on one but not yet available. Their regular unit works both low or high and it's unknown if their new one will work the same.

Believe WingAdmin has the Kisan and LED setup.
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:56 pm

Andy Cote wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:43 pm
DougEFresh1123 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm
I want to add a modulator to the 'Wing but am also pondering upgrading the lights to LED and not sure if there is a modulator for LED lights. :?:
Yes. Kisan makes one compatible with LED bulbs. It works on high beam only.

Signal Dynamics is working on one but not yet available. Their regular unit works both low or high and it's unknown if their new one will work the same.

Believe WingAdmin has the Kisan and LED setup.
Yes, I've had the Kisan LED headlight modulator on my GL1500 for over a year now, it works great.

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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by DougEFresh1123 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:25 am

Andy Cote wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:43 pm
DougEFresh1123 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm
I want to add a modulator to the 'Wing but am also pondering upgrading the lights to LED and not sure if there is a modulator for LED lights. :?:
Yes. Kisan makes one compatible with LED bulbs. It works on high beam only.

Signal Dynamics is working on one but not yet available. Their regular unit works both low or high and it's unknown if their new one will work the same.
Thanks Andy!
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by DougEFresh1123 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:29 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:56 pm
Andy Cote wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:43 pm
DougEFresh1123 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm
I want to add a modulator to the 'Wing but am also pondering upgrading the lights to LED and not sure if there is a modulator for LED lights. :?:
Believe WingAdmin has the Kisan and LED setup.
Yes, I've had the Kisan LED headlight modulator on my GL1500 for over a year now, it works great.
Thanks WingAdmin!
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by dadztoy » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 am

chrisz wrote:
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:15 pm
dadztoy wrote: While they may irritate some cagers, I cannot tell you how many people I have seen getting ready to pull out in front of me, and then jam on the brakes when they see the modulator... !
I wonder sometimes if the modulators are giving someone the impression that you are flashing your lights at them to give them the 'go-ahead' signal. But when they realize you are not slowing down, they jam on the brakes. :?:
Not according to what I have observed... They begin to pull out and then they notice the modulator... I can see them look right, then left and begin to pull out and then apply their brake (jam it on)... The point here is they see me - - and that's what I want to happen!!! Still a great safety device even though some times people will pull over to let me bye, and that's not all bad either!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:44 am

estavtn wrote:
Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:05 pm
Eventually, they sent me a model P115W-D which is two units that plug in between the light bulb and the socket and have a different photo eye cable. It has worked well the last rides I have taken so we will see.
My point is if you are thinking of a modulator for the 1500, I would recommend the P115W-D and highly recommend Kisan for their support of their product.
I've been thinking about these for quite a while, but since I was the fourth of a short 4-rider rider group a few weeks ago and the lead rider said when we stopped for breakfast, "Wow, your lights are bright!" (after having recently changed my headlights to LEDs), I have started to think maybe I don't actually need them. That being said, WingAdmin, which model did you install? If I do install them, I want to make sure they are the right model.

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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by guitarzan » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:04 pm

I've seen a few bikes with them on and I cant wait to get mine installed but man am I having a hard time fitting all that stuff behind the light, I use the Kisan LED headlight modulator but I've had it for about 4 years and I'm finally trying to put in in, I have a thing for my tail light too. I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500
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Re: Headlight Modulator

Post by guitarzan » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 pm

I have a question. I had to put some pressure on my headlight assembly to get in bolted in, is that normal? I moved the heat sink ribbons out of the way but man they take up room. I used electrical ties to hold some things in place and checked to make sure they weren't in the way, but I don't know what was in the way preventing the headlight assembly from sliding right in, I even used my little flexible cable camera and couldn't find anything . Any Ideas from anyone who has installed a modulator and changed to LED lights?

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