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post #1 of 18 Old 05-31-2013, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts?

Me? I think the most important point of this article is the last sentence.....

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/...nd-collisions/



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post #2 of 18 Old 05-31-2013, 03:26 AM
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Agreed. And 'watch out behind you' is free.




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I don't dismiss the concept, or its rationale.

Motorcycles indeed decelerate faster than automobiles; vision of motorcycles, front OR rear, seems compromised in many collisions with automobiles; and . . . aren't "trick" flashing LED brake lights marketed today, for the exact same purpose as this device?

When gearing-down to slow, I've often seen menacing automobile or truck grilles approach quicker-than-comfortable in my rear-view mirror, incentivizing me to "tap" the brake lever to flash the brake light for the approaching motorist's consideraton; this automatic device would take care of that signaling, enhancing, I think, motorcycle safety.

Awareness of the device, its purpose and operation, by the general public may be key to its effectiveness in promoting safety. Yet, some aspects may be intuitive: For example, no manual or instruction is necessary to a motorist following a motorcycle with a sequentially-flashing LED brake light.

My thoughts, as requested: The base principles appear sound, the purpose (safety) seems noble, and the technology look plausible, to me. I would not presume to predict the effectiveness of the device in preventing accidents; perhaps time will tell.

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This is an excellent product IMHO! The reasoning behind it is fantastic and spot on! We don't need to use our brakes the same way a vehicle does and can easily gear down quickly which will reduce our speed and the vehicle behind us won't see any sign of any brake light installed, stock or otherwise. I have both the flashing LED replacement brake light and two flashing tractor/trailer rectangualr LED lights which flash at the same speed as the brake light when it's applied for no mistaking when I use my brakes. BUT, if I release the throttle or downshift none of these lights come on, this new product would! You could just install this accelerometer device into the brake light system that you already use and that would be even better imho.
This should be manditory....I'm a rear end collision survivor which stopped my working carreer permanantly.....anything that makes someone behind you see that I have changed speed is cridical IMHO.

An excellent product once again!

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Anybody going to send Vectolabs a pledge? I think they would be well-served to produce and post a short video showing the product in action, especially in bright daylight conditions.

The price seems reasonable. I'm just wondering if it might instill, in some riders, a false sense of security that would tend to make them spend less time looking in their rearview mirrors with the thinking, "Vololight Has My Six."

willys, if you care to elaborate, what were the circumstances behind your rear-ender? I only ask because we/somebody may learn something from it. Understandable if you don't want relive it.



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It wasn't bike related but the damages were the same so to speak.....stopped my working career and left me in pain....anything to help the people behind any vehicle see you or what your vehicle is doing is an asset to your vehicle. If you don't believe me, want to swap your life for mine...I'm game! You must have a solid working spine in good condition. I'll trade yours for mine.....in an instant!

Watching your six as you put it, is something you should do no matter what any way...imho.

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It wasn't bike related but the damages were the same so to speak.....stopped my working career and left me in pain....anything to help the people behind any vehicle see you or what your vehicle is doing is an asset to your vehicle. If you don't believe me, want to swap your life for mine...I'm game! You must have a solid working spine in good condition. I'll trade yours for mine.....in an instant!

Watching your six as you put it, is something you should do no matter what any way...imho.
Sorry I asked. Rest assured, however, there are a lot of other folks in the world who would take you up on that offer in an instant.



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Don't be sorry, no harm done at all.

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I just have one unanswered question: is it waterproof? I'd hate to wreck a $70 light if the KLR took a nap in a stream.
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Is there something that uses this accelerator device now that we could scavange it from and incorporate it into our brake light system? There has to be.....it seems like a typical modern item for vehicles etc......almost a mercury switch from a 1950's thermostat...lol. OK maybe not so sensitive...but you get the idea....?

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