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No there's nothing wrong with my headlights. I have been noticing that there are quite a few bikes on the road that have strobing headlights. I like the concept. Of course my Gen 1 does not have them. I was wondering what it would take to gain the effect? I would rather not modify my actual headlights, but what about those city lights. What would it take to make them blink? Does someone make a kit to do it?I am thinking changing out the original bulbs for some strobing LED's. Anybody done it? Any thoughts?
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Those are called "headlight modulators", and in my opinion, they are super annoying .

Like Matt said headlight modulator or flasher, and super annoying.
Theoretically they are legal in all 50 states, however be prepared for visit with Johnny Law about having a forward facing flashing light on a vehicle.
 

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Not trying to stir the pot but...if they're annoying then aren't they doing the job? I don't have the headlight modulator on any of my bikes but I do have the brake light modulators. Anyway, if the purpose is to be seen better and the headlight modulators are annoying then that means you're definitely being seen, correct?

My take with the headlight is that, most motorcycles coming at me can be seen as the motorcycles tend to bounce a little making the headlight move up and down enough to get noticed by oncoming traffic. That's good enough for me.
 

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LED AUX Lights

https://www.skenelights.com/

For me, more lights are better. The skenedesign lights modulate at 60 hz and flash when you brake for the rear lights and flash when you pulse the front brake lever for the fronts.

LED running lights help you get noticed too.



LED signal and running lights on BarkBuster


For those viewing, in some photos I have no headlight on, this is due to my headlight relay being triggered by my brake light, ( Polaris / Compu Fire series relay mod), I no longer recommend this mod unless you also have auxiliary Led Lights like the Denali , which in my case the Denali is wired to come on on low beam the instant the bike is keyed on ( one advantage would be setting up a campsite in the dark with the engine off for a short period of time )

LED Philips city lights
China LED running lights / signal lights in yellow
 

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I have seen headlight modulators on a few bikes when I have been out riding and they definitely enhance visibility - apparently you just notice a flashing light more. My 2008 V650 came with a modulator installed and at first I thought that it was a stock feature. I was on the fence about it at first, but after seeing it on other bikes for myself I am now convinced that it increases visibility, and more visibility is better. There is a photo sensor installed with the modulator so that it does not modulate at night.
 

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I have seen headlight modulators on a few bikes when I have been out riding and they definitely enhance visibility - apparently you just notice a flashing light more. My 2008 V650 came with a modulator installed and at first I thought that it was a stock feature. I was on the fence about it at first, but after seeing it on other bikes for myself I am now convinced that it increases visibility, and more visibility is better. There is a photo sensor installed with the modulator so that it does not modulate at night.
Movement from side to side also increases visibility. I weave in my lane when approaching intersections or passing side streets with a car waiting to pull out. Our brains are triggered by movement, but not by something that looks far away and when coming straight as us only appears to get bigger over time.
 

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Those are called "headlight modulators", and in my opinion, they are super annoying. I don't think I've seen any in at least 5 years. If you want to be more visible, add some LED daytime running lights.
Are they annoying to the rider or on coming viewers? If to the rider, how so?
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I have seen headlight modulators on a few bikes when I have been out riding and they definitely enhance visibility - apparently you just notice a flashing light more. My 2008 V650 came with a modulator installed and at first I thought that it was a stock feature. I was on the fence about it at first, but after seeing it on other bikes for myself I am now convinced that it increases visibility, and more visibility is better. There is a photo sensor installed with the modulator so that it does not modulate at night.
+1 Mine came already on my 2011 when I bought it used (flashing rear LED's when braking also) and I like them both and do think they contribute to my safety.
 

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Many HD riders also feel that their safety is enhanced by running straight pipes - or that is what they say anyway.

There is a limit to what some of your fellow road users are prepared to endure. Is that their fault? Or should motorcyclists perhaps consider themselves to be part of the motoring public, rather than some elite group with special privileges?
 

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I always see a modulating headlight so, to me, they serve their purpose. They do stand out, IMO. Any time they've come up behind me I've never felt like they were emergency vehicles as if they were I'd be seeing red lights flashing.




***On a side note, a few years ago I got into it with an older female rider who said that modulators should be illegal as they could trigger her epilepsy seizures. I said WTF, a blinking light can cause you to go into a seizure? Then why are you even riding? What happens when an ambulance or police drive by you? You can crash yourself into innocent others. She got SOOO mad at me!!! I never understood her argument.
 

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Here in Texas, I don't think anything is illegal. You would be amazed at how many non emergency vehicles have red, blue and yellow strobing lights. Law enforcement does not seem to care.

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***On a side note, a few years ago I got into it with an older female rider who said that modulators should be illegal as they could trigger her epilepsy seizures. I said WTF, a blinking light can cause you to go into a seizure? Then why are you even riding? What happens when an ambulance or police drive by you? You can crash yourself into innocent others. She got SOOO mad at me!!! I never understood her argument.
Years ago I was informed that just driving along a series of trees on a sunny day, w/ their shadows across the road, can initiate an epileptic seizure.
 

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Headlight modulators have proven to be very effective. In our Province, it is suggested by the license bureau to install headlight modulators AND extra running lights.

I have both and am very happy with the results. Cages notice ... and that is the objective! :D
 
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