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Background: The other day, I read an article about why drivers don’t “see” motorcyles/motorcyclists. It explained that research has shown that the brain filters out information from the eyes; and that prior experience and an evolutionary adaptation (of sorts) causes the brain to disregard or downplay the visual data the motorcyclist provides to a percieved status of “ non-threatening”. Indeed, not very threatening to the driver of the SUV, but very much so to the motorcyclist.
Musings: Perhaps the brain of the motorist could be tricked into seeing a motorcyclist as a threat. What would it take to do this? Maybe, headlights could be equipped to project a holographic image of a T-Rex or Mac truck. Perhaps, certain wavelengths or subliminal messages could awaken fear for the other person on the motorcycle. I assume, in the past such efforts to make motorcyclists safer have focused on the eyes, when the problem is really in the brain. Thoughts, suggestions, ....anyone?
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I'm not sure what could be perceived as "threatening" except running in large groups of bikes.
As a lone rider, I suspect there's little one can do to project a "threat". Any electronic aid would, after repeat exposure much like a deer whistle, lose it's effectiveness, I would think.
I find myself thinking that humans detect odd motions as "threatening". Driving lights do help with depth perception. I wonder if some driving lights that move erratically might register?
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So are you thinking like the lights on a train that sweep back and forth? I know lots of riders swear by the modulators that flash headlights.
On another bike I had a set of LED's that would flash three times, then stay on, and I had a lot of riders say that caught their attention.
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In theory, things that flash irregularly or "move" or do something to stand out from the background of just straight steady lighting, *should* help with visibility...
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I installed a Kisan Electronics P75W light modulator in the positive feed to the LED auxiliary lights on my R1200GS. $59.26 with shipping. Easy install, works as hoped. Note: the bike is off in the video, lights are running on CanBus 1-minute delayed shutoff.
Link to short video:
Short clip of auxiliary lights modulated with Kisan Electronics P75W. Easy install in positive feed to lights. Cost $59.26, with shipping.
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Yea, I'm afraid uploading videos to the site doesn't work. Only still photos. Upload to youtube then paste a link to the video here.
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An unintended, but not unwelcome, consequence of using the light modulator is a big increase in the number of cars and trucks that pull off to the shoulder to let me pass. Today, there were so many that I felt a little guilty (pleasure) about it, and turned them off, for a little while.
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Oh that's cool. I wonder if they mistook you for law enforcement?
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I like that accessory light modulator more than the headlight modulators that I've seen. In general, blinky lights annoy me, so I appreciate that those are not no the primary light. I could see how people might be confused and think they should pull to the side to let you pass. If it's legal, then enjoy and rock on!
I swear by my yellow helmet. It's up high and central, and it doesn't blend into a cloudy sky like a white helmet. Wearing a hi-viz jacket would help even more, but I like my old cowhide jacket too much to give it up just yet.
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