I was taking a quiet Sunday afternoon ride with my nine year old daughter on the back.
It was a beautiful, clear day with practically no traffic in sight. At 60 MPH I noticed a car slowly approaching me on my left, in the center lane. As the car came abreast of me, I looked left – directly into the eyes of a middle aged woman – who then looked forward and fairly rapidly – pulled into my lane and ran me off the road !!! I recovered from the shock and fell in behind her, thinking of kicking in her door !! Not nice !!
Later that evening,
it occurred to me that she “Just did not see me!!” We had solid eye
Two years ago,
while driving along a local city street, a motorcycle approached me going
the opposite direction. My eyes were magically drawn to that bike because
his headlight was “Flashing”
After more research,
I purchased a “Starburst Modulator” from Kriss Industries in Tucson, Az.
Here is how the
unit works : The modulator ONLY works when the High Beam switch is
unit is 2 3/8” x 2 ½” x 1”, and easily fits inside the headlight shell.
That’s it ! Put the headlight assembly back together and you are done. All wiring is done within the headlight shell.
Kriss has designed the electronic module so that in the event of a failure, the headlight works normally.
The module can easily handle a 130 watt load , our standard light being only 60 watts. Plenty of safety margin designed in !
FMVSS – Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards – 49 CFR part 571.108 S7.9.4 says that this device must be allowed in all 50 states. No state may prohibit it’s use ! If you go to the Kriss web site, you will be directed to the Federal web site containing the law allowing modulated headlights.
How does it work ? In a word – Great !! Just watch the eyes of the oncoming cagers !
They look at you trying to determine what you are. They are actually paying attention to you! You can see drivers in front of you looking at their mirror, trying to figure you out. People are simply more aware of you, and awareness is what we all need for safer riding.
I strongly recommend you consider the use
of a headlight modulator. I believe they attract attention and make you much
more obvious, and they are well worth the cost.