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post #1 of 34 Old 06-04-2009, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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How to make the traffic light green?

Hi guys, I'm new riding in California, and, the problem I have here, is with traffic lights.
Well, to turn left, there is a specific lane, but, it look like this lane should never go to the green light untill someone is on this lane.
So with my car, it work well, but with my KLR, I have to wait untill a car come on my side or behin me before the light turn green.
Is there something to do, to make this light green with a bike??
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post #2 of 34 Old 06-04-2009, 10:09 PM
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Kickstand down on the cut in the pavement.
Hit the start button, sometimes the rf from the start motor works.
Change position in the lane.
After a couple of cycles, look and carefully go, the signal is malfuctioning "for your vehicle".

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post #3 of 34 Old 06-04-2009, 10:40 PM
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Yeah, what DonD said. Also, sometimes I scoot up and wave the car behind me forward so it will trigger the light (if there is a car). Most cages seem to understand. Go figure.

There is also a device (magnet?) that you can put on the bottom of your bike which will trip the light...not worth it in my mind. I agree...if you have been through a few cycles of the light, no cop is going to write you a ticket for turning through. And if they do you can fight it and win.




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neodymium magnets

I was told these will work. I saw them at a local hardware store this weekend they cost like $4 bucks.. Haven't tried it yet but supposedly they let off a large enough magnetic field to kick the light switch so to say...

Curiosity killed the cat.. But for a while I was a suspect.....
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post #6 of 34 Old 07-21-2009, 04:38 PM
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How to make the traffic light green?

I tried the sidestand down trick the other day, felt a little wierd, but the light cycled.
wahoo!!!!
I did not use the crack though.
This all seems a little superstitious.
like rattling chicken bones.

let's see, stand down, get off the bike, run around it three times to the left....
stand at attention, flip visor up and down twice get back on bike,
then a car pulls up and triggers the light for you.

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post #7 of 34 Old 07-29-2009, 10:48 PM
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The Feds say treat it as a malfunctioning light. Stop, look and proceed when clear.
If it's a light I know from erperience does not change, I don't wait for it to go through more than one cycle.If it's a light that you hit everyday, call and complain.


For what it's worth, Motorcycle Consumer News didn't have much luck with those magnets sold at mc shops.
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Some lights will cycle when they detect flashing lights, (for emergency vehicles) so change your headlight back and forth from bright to dim as you approach the red light.
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Actaually I think they ar weight based pads. If I have a passenger or my tour boxes on the light works. But not on my own. Some are motion sensor, some ar weight (the ground will have lines cut in it.) Emergency vehicles just go the light doesn't change except by coincidence I believe. My dad worked for the city. Add more weight or try the kicke stand thing, I believe it is probably by vibration not rf.lights would be going nuts from radios and stuff.

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Actaually I think they ar weight based pads. If I have a passenger or my tour boxes on the light works. But not on my own. Some are motion sensor, some ar weight (the ground will have lines cut in it.) Emergency vehicles just go the light doesn't change except by coincidence I believe. My dad worked for the city. Add more weight or try the kicke stand thing, I believe it is probably by vibration not rf.lights would be going nuts from radios and stuff.
Our emergency vehicles have a strobe light which they activate when approaching a light, most traffic signal masts have a little light sensor (it looks like a camera) that detects the strobe and changes the light cycle to allow the vehicle to pass.

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