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Ever enter an intersection and wonder if the guy in the pick up truck really see you coming?


I have the Shark Lights driving lights. When you first turn on the key, they do a three pulse strobe then stay on. I connected a single pole duel throw (SPDT) relay to the jumper wire for these lights and a momentary switch on the left handle bar. If I press and release the switch, it opens and closes the normally closed relay for the power the lights. That causes the lights to go into the three pules strobe again.


Here's a demo video.

 

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Looks interesting but is it legal for street use? I'd check that with your State Police Vehicle Inspections section. I have the Kisan Headlight modulator on my headlight which is legal. I carry the Federal DOT paperwork with me just in case I run into a LEO that does not know the law. Do not want your bike to get the hook like an old coworker's Goldwing when he had illegal lighting. Just wondering..... Good luck.
 

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Looks interesting but is it legal for street use? I'd check that with your State Police Vehicle Inspections section. I have the Kisan Headlight modulator on my headlight which is legal. I carry the Federal DOT paperwork with me just in case I run into a LEO that does not know the law. Do not want your bike to get the hook like an old coworker's Goldwing when he had illegal lighting. Just wondering..... Good luck.
No it is not legal for street use in my state and probably not in most any state.
My thought is, if I'm going through a busy intersection, i'll take a chance on violation over the chance of a car pulling in front of me. Hopefully an officer will understand it was for safety and not for illegal intentions. But with that said, if I see the cop at the intersection, I'm not going to push my luck.
 

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Ever enter an intersection and wonder if the guy in the pick up truck really see you coming?


I have the Shark Lights driving lights. When you first turn on the key, they do a three pulse strobe then stay on. I connected a single pole duel throw (SPDT) relay to the jumper wire for these lights and a momentary switch on the left handle bar. If I press and release the switch, it opens and closes the normally closed relay for the power the lights. That causes the lights to go into the three pules strobe again.


Here's a demo video.


One of my shark lights has gone out. Now I can't find where I purchased them. Anyone know who sells them?
 

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I hope a driver doesn't think you are telling them to proceed and pull in front of you.
Hadn't considered that. Good point to consider. I've used headlight modulators (that are on constantly during daylight) effectively (obvious on many an occasion) since 1980. True believer here. I also use the quick "blast" of it if I'm going down the highway and someone is seemingly waiting for me at their stop sign at the upcoming intersection and I want to make sure they notice me as I ride by. People got all uppity about modulators back then and you had to constantly make your argument to nay-sayers and those who thought they were illegal, which they can possibly be in certain areas. There was a simple on/off toggle for those situations. Now, people seem to be more used to them. And yet they still work for the intended purpose.
 

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Interesting to see this post. I was hit by a drunk driver in 1996 who said he saw 2 lights and thought it was a deer. I bought a new bike in 1997 and installed a headlight modulator and have had one on every bike since, including wiring it into the headlight on my 2015 Valkyrie. In 25 years I have not had a single car pull out in front of me. I have been seen by hundreds of police in multiple states east of the Mississippi and never had an issue until a week ago. I pulled in behind a young cop who slowed down so I would get beside him and he told me my headlight was flashing. I said I know I make it do it so I am seen. He told me I had to turn it off and I said No, it's perfectly legal and that I had been using it for 25years. He shrugged and rolled his window back up. I believe it is legal in most if not all states as long as it isn't so fast a strobe that it could cause a seizure in someone. I won't ride without it although you still have to watch people changing lanes that don't see it. You would be surprised how many people pull over and let you go by, either they think you're a emergency vehicle or they get irritated by it I don't really care as long as someone doesn't leave me in a ditch full of water in the Spring again.
 
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