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Old 08-31-2011, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I want to install a brake/tail light modulator that flashes 4X in 4 seconds and then a steady red when the brakes are applied.

I live in Massachusetts and read the laws. There isn't any law against having it but there is a law against constant flashing red light. But it's really open to interpretation.


Anyone in MA know for certain if it's ok or not?
Anyone get pulled over for a modulated brake/tail light and cited?

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you could get away with it. On the bike I tend to flash the brakes when I am coming to a stop anyways.... this is not a whole lot different than that.

I don't think these are necessary, but I don't really have a problem with them. HEADLIGHT modulators, on the other hand.... those make me want to punch babies.
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I'm in NJ so my experience may not be directly applicable. Anyway I have hyperlites which flash continuously when the brake is applied. Have come to a stop with a LEO behind me and never been pulled over for it. BTW, if you're going to spend money on better rear visibility, then I'd highly recommend the hyperlite route. Highly visible and easy to install. Cars keep their distance at red lights and, having ridden behind other guys w/ hyperlites, I know for a fact that I'm more visible now.
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For the record, my 2010 S1000RR came with a brake light modulator STOCK. This bike is 50 state legal. The brake light flashes several times and then goes steady red.

You should be fine with the law.

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yea your good.

BTW Kevin. Why don't you like headlight flashers? I want one for the gsxr.
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I put the tailBlazer bulb in mine. It flashes very rapidly for about a second, then slows down and then goes steady after four or five seconds of applying the brake. It works great for tailgaters. Tap the break just enough to activate the brake lights and the rapid flashing gets their attention. The tailBlazer doesn't require any wiring or modifications. Just remove the existing bulb and replace it with the tailBlazer bulb. The new bulb is actually just a housing that accepts a new halogen bulb if that one burns out (it comes with an extra). It's a little pricey at over $60 though.

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You wont have a problem with the modulator because it doesnt stay in the blinking mode.

I agree with headlight modulators being the Devil. I am glad that many states make them illegal. I will never ride in front of someone with those irritating pieces of crap.

Taillight modulator - Great idea
Headlight modulator - May the fleas of a hundred stray dogs infest your crotch.
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Those things are annoying as fawk to me
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I'm in the "any modulation of vehicle lighting is retarded" camp.
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2 of my friends have them and I find them seriously distracting. When going through tight turns, everytime they touch their brakes they light up like its the Fourth of Friggin July. You can't help but look at their tail light as it is flashing and dancing, if only for a split second. And then what happens? You run wide.
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2 of my friends have them and I find them seriously distracting. When going through tight turns, everytime they touch their brakes they light up like its the Fourth of Friggin July. You can't help but look at their tail light as it is flashing and dancing, if only for a split second. And then what happens? You run wide.
That's pretty much the reason to get them (not to distract fellow riders), to catch people's attention and make them look at you and notice you.
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That's pretty much the reason to get them (not to distract fellow riders), to catch people's attention and make them look at you and notice you.
I won't deny they attract attention of other cagers AT NIGHT but they are incredibly distracting for fellow riders
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Yeah, I'm of the pro-tail modulator crowd. Not for the headlights though.
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I still don't see the issue with headlight modulators. They aren't that distracting to me.

I hate the "always run with lights on bright" crowd, myself.
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You wont have a problem with the modulator because it doesnt stay in the blinking mode.

I agree with headlight modulators being the Devil. I am glad that many states make them illegal. I will never ride in front of someone with those irritating pieces of crap.

Taillight modulator - Great idea
Headlight modulator - May the fleas of a hundred stray dogs infest your crotch.
Agreed. They are illegal in PA.
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