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Pass Button

Quick question:

What is the intended use for the pass button (high beam override)? I always use it when someone coming head on is turning left or if someone is planning on entering an intersection, etc. It's actually saved me a couple of times, during the daytime I just flick it a couple of times and there's been a couple of people do the double-take and slam on their brakes.
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It's intended use is to let the person in front of you know you're about to pass them...



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I learned the hard way years ago about flashing my high beams. One car turning left in front of me took it as a "go ahead and turn sign" almost taking my life.

I always ride with my high beam during daylight hours, no more flashing for me.

Ride safe.

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thanks for the tip Dan.

I've been flashing it when I think a car might turn in front of me. I'll be more careful using that from now on.
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I like manual flashing better

I used to have a headlight flasher on my last bike.
I seldom used it as it turned out to be more of an
irritation. However I did find there were times when
it definitely warned others of my approach.

Since putting some miles on the V, I've noticed that
I can now choose exactly when and where to use
the flasher. I will not be buying a headlight flasher
because I can do it myself on an as-needed basis.
And since you can change the duration and frequency
it is more likely to get noticed.

That said, nothing substitutes for intelligent awareness
and danger avoidance...
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Good point Dan, I never even thought of the fact that other drivers may take the flashing as a sign to go. I have been making it situation specific, like others have said "when you think someone might pull out in front of you, etc."

BTW, nice quote AvaChava "That said, nothing substitutes for intelligent awareness
and danger avoidance... "
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don't flash (rapidly) in such situation but a long slow hibeam may encourage the cager to see you*


*that if they are not using their phone, mp3 player, chaning a CD, aren't out of their minds on drugs such as alcohol or illicit, orhave bothered to put on their specs.........
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It's useful in europe where people generally know how to drive.
Here I only use it to say "turn on your headlights, jack#$%"

If you flash it when you think someone is going to pull out in front of you, the accepted usage in this area of the country at least means "go ahead". This leads to what oldkawboy described.

If you think someone may pull in front of you the light that should be flashing is your brake light...

Another usage is for it is when you are passed by a big truck, to let them know that they're far enough ahead to get back over into the right lane. This is not as useful on the KLE as it would be on something slow and cumbersome, like say some kind of Milwaukee-made contraption.
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Learn how to use the tools that are afforded you,
intelligently.

Also, learn about the 'day blind spot'. It may save
your life and the lives of others around you. If license
applicants were required to demonstrate a working
knowledge of the blind spot (caused by lack of receptors
where the optic nerve dumps onto the retina) many of
these kinds of accidents and stupid moves wouldn't happen.

The bright lights available for your use with a simple
dab of your finger could impinge on that blind spot
enough to get them to look. If it saves you even
once in your life it's worth knowing about.

Disparaging others of any good safety practice is just
wrong. Use everything at your disposal to be seen.
The rest is up to you to not be where they can get
you. Most accidents are preventable. Learn how.

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I have a headlight modulator on my high beam, so it is easy to turn on and off. I generally only use it in traffic, but I sure don't depend on it. There are still plenty of oblivious tards out there that "don't look at all" before pulling out or making a move that could get themselves and other killed. Then as headlem stated there are so damn many people on their cell phones or screwing around something else that you have to watch for.

I had some idiot almost pull out in front of me (with the headlight modulator on) because he had his phone between his cheek and shoulder so he couldn't turn his head to the right...was just going to go ahead and pull out...an 18 wheeler would have done a number on him, because he wouldn't have seen that either...good loud horn did the trick!

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Disparaging others of any good safety practice is just
wrong.
Encouraging someone to do something unsafe is worse.
In my area and most of the U.S. where I have driven regularly, if you flash your lights at someone coming up to an intersection that means "Go ahead."
This is very different than when I lived in europe and motorcycle riders should be aware of this.

Constant high beams, modulators, and air horns don't suffer from this ambiguity.
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Don't touch that button!

Perhaps you should remove the button then,
since you could accidentally hit it and cause
an accident!

Learn about the blind spot. It can save your life.
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it comes in handy warning oncoming traffic of radar traps. I'm sure I'll open a can of worms with that comment.

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Good Usage! Don't get caught though, that is considered criminal in many places.
I use it to get people's attention whenever they are doing something stupid. I also use it sometimes to try and trigger the traffic light sensors at unchanging red lights.

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Oldkawboy I'm with you, down here you flash..they go. The only time I use it is if I'm in stop and go and I flash someone to let them in the traffic. Stay alert! and flash people at your discretion.
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Perhaps you should remove the button then,
since you could accidentally hit it and cause
an accident!
Be aware that the button will NOT work if your high beam is ALREADY ON!
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Like many things in life riding styles vary with individuals. What works for some may make others feel uncomfortable........kinda like to each his own.

Next month will be forty years since I got my m/c license (whew, I am an oldkawboy) and although my basics are the same I am always looking for new ways to stay alive out there.

It's a different world I'm riding in compared to the old days. As mentioned above, with careless folks driving and being pre-occupied with a dozen other things, we HAVE to be cautious and alert.

Ride safe & smart,
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I have given the Pass button considerable thought about its usage. And after months of deep contemplation it hit me. The clouds parted, a holy beam of light hit me so powerful it nearly left me unconscious. What was left was the answer, the answer to EVERYTHING...but most importantly the Pass button.

It's not a pass button at all.

It's a trigger.

For a FREAKING LASER BEAM!

Some how Kawi forgot to install it.

POW!! Get the &^%# out of my!

ZAP!! No turny left dumb A$$

SIZZLE!! This is my lane B*&ch

etc etc etc...............

You know you want one.

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I have given the Pass button considerable thought about its usage. And after months of deep contemplation it hit me. The clouds parted, a holy beam of light hit me so powerful it nearly left me unconscious. What was left was the answer, the answer to EVERYTHING...but most importantly the Pass button.

It's not a pass button at all.

It's a trigger.

For a FREAKING LASER BEAM!

Some how Kawi forgot to install it.

POW!! Get the &^%# out of my!





ZAP!! No turny left dumb A$$

SIZZLE!! This is my lane B*&ch

etc etc etc...............

You know you want one.

fitz


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A quick check over the web showed that flashing your high beam to oncoming traffic is indeed illegal in some states. I was able to confirm that WA, OH, PR have such laws. There are also laws that do not mention flashing but states when not to use the high beam. Intermittent high beam lights can be illegal in some state under the law that states that the driver might be impersonating an emergency vehicle. This makes flashing your high beam to try to trigger the traffic light sensor illegal. I normally ride with my high beam on during the day. However, CO have a law that restricts the usage of the high beams. This law does not make exceptions between night or daytime use.

I guess I will be dimming my ligths from now on.
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