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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“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
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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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