Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Westminster Maryland
Some good points both ways.
I wondered about the confusion factor myself a few times, but I still watch like a hawk coming up to any intersection, I feel most people understand it, as it's a bike, they do see me, no worry there, and yep, I even have the once in awhile cager that does go ahead and pull out, but as all of our riding experience teaches us, no fancy dodad will solve every problem, I still watch every cager, I still assume someone may do a stupid, or just not be paying attention, so it's not a perfect solution but I feel it's better than a steady daylight headlight. Has anyone see the Patrol cars with wig wag headlights, you can see them real well at a distance, this is the same effect. Now with time to educate the cage drivers, and also the adoption of these pulsars on more and more bikes, it does help us out in the long run, I'm also seeing more and more pulsing headlights every month, we will still have the plain jane headlights forever. At night I just toggle my hi/low beam switch while coming near and into an intersection, I also flash it when I'm going to make a move in multilane traffic and when I'm moving around 18 wheelers, I always blast pass these big rigs, I know they have more blind spots than 20 cages. Every little bit of protection, or hey I'm here, and moving, helps in the long run.
I even do the thanks to the truckers with the zillion tail lights on my bike, when they do me a favor. We have to stay alive and safe out there. I been a firm believer for years that an international orange riding suit, an orange or yellow bike with strobes won't do the trick either. So it's still the invisable man for me. The LEDs and bright pulser headlamp add to our being seen out there. I do give the cages a break once in awhile when I'm blinding them near dusk by going to low beam, as the high beam is plenty bright. Thankfully it's aimed properly as I seldom get flashed by oncoming cages. Actually I see so many wrongly adjusted headlights on cars and trucks, but that's another topic. Enjoy !
07 Stratoliner S with MS Batwing, MS lowers, Buck lowers, custom large trunk rack, King tourpack trunk, air horn, See me Now tail light and headlight pulser mods. Led lighting all over. Night rider tail light setup on the trunk.