High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Millgrove, ON, CA
I have mixed feelings about things like the Whelen LIN3's or anything too obnoxious.. I highly recommend against any of those that activate/detect deceleration, e.g., the upscale Admore bar (save yer money!). First thing I'll ask you to do in a group ride is ride in the back. I think there's an anti-safety factor in causing too much distraction.
Running lights aren't a real problem as they are on all the time.
Yeah I know you want to get attention, rightfully so to a point, but you also don't want to cause any unnecessary distraction from anyone who should be concentrating on their riding or driving. Besides the vast majority of motorcycle collisions are at the front/front sides. Yeah I also know we have texters and drivers out there and some motorcyclists are just as guilty with GPS and phone button pushing.
I'm absolutely in favour of forward lighting for visibility, but not that guy who runs aux. led's so bright I can't see the bikes signals or identify you as a motorcyclist. IMHO you are more visible if you can create a triangle image that sets you apart from the crowd so to speak, yet I can identify with your normal brake and turn signals, it's far safer IMHO.
I get the commuter situation, it's the more dangerous part of riding (BTDT almost killed a couple of times, glad I'm retired), but don't inspire any road rage annoyances if you can help it. Your lights can be normal brightness and still cause attention because your bike appears different than what people expect a motorcycle to be. A brief flashing of brake light and solid on is a good thing.
Hyper lites were small and good, Skene has upped the ante. The Admore large light bar is good, the one without the deceleration feature. I have used the Whelen StripLite bar with 96 LED's that included brakes and signals, it isn't obnoxious at all but gets attention, had many positive comments....
Keep yer stick on the ice....
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