Discuss: Modulating motorcycle headlights...good or bad?

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Discuss: Modulating motorcycle headlights...good or bad?

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:39 pm

Discuss: Modulating motorcycle headlights...good or bad for the rider, oncoming traffic or just a safety gimmick?
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#2 Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:08 pm

They drive me crazy when someone right behind me has them. My wife has threatened to get them, and I told her that meant she'd either have to lead (she doesn't like to) or we wouldn't be riding together any more!!
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#3 Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:21 pm

I've been in front of a dude with them and agree: do not like!

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#4 Unread post by pchast » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:38 pm

I've seen them driving. They are annoying.

In oncoming traffic they can be blinding for
old guys like me. I tend to avoid night driving
(riding) already with all the misaligned headlights
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#5 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:43 am

I'm all for visibility, but they're annoying as hell.
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#6 Unread post by ceemes » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:11 am

They maybe annoying, but truth be told I've never really noticed. However anything that wake and grabs the attention of a dozy oncoming motorist can't be all bad. Especially if it cuts down of the so-called SMIDSYT (sorry matey, I didn't see you there) crashes.
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#7 Unread post by dr_bar » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:35 pm

I'll have to agree with ceemes on this, if it prevents an accident, I'm all for it. I believe they are illegal to run at night so not an issue in that regard here...
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#8 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:20 pm

I've only see a one or two bikes I remember having them and they indeed are odd, in fact, I think there is something wrong with their alternator or charging system...lol.

I prefer to run the very bright H4 blubs (same wattage type) and run Sylvania Silverstars on my bikes. https://www.sylvania.com/en-us/products ... rstar.aspx in my bikes.

Although my car lights are WAAAAY more powerful (HID) than my H4s.

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#9 Unread post by MTexile » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:12 pm

Like Gray Thumper says, way too annoying. Riding towards someone with one of those drives me nuts. If there was one that used a lower intensity bulb, maybe with a yellow lens cover that would be better, but I don't think I would get one though.
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#10 Unread post by fzrbiker » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:22 pm

I agree its quite annoying and its not safe. I would keep it stock just to be safe.

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#11 Unread post by sunshine229 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:14 pm

I am not a fan for all the reasons stated above. I too think it may create problems more than solve them!
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#12 Unread post by NORTY » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:45 am

totalmotorcycle wrote:Discuss: Modulating motorcycle headlights...good or bad for the rider, oncoming traffic or just a safety gimmick?
As with any "new" conspicuity device, it is very effective until they become common place. Then, it's "same 'ol, same 'ol."
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