Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Redwood City, CA
Rep Power: 1
Brake light modulator rant
My friend just bought a Bandit 1200. It has some sort of swirly blinking modulator installed on the tail light. The bike is nice. The modulator is trash.
The first day I rode with him and his new bike I was completely distracted by his taillight. At idle with no brakes engaged the light swirls. Like a comet from a cartoon. When the brakes are applied the light flashes 5 or more times. 5 TIMES!?! It makes no sense. It's not helpful. If anything, it's a target for cagers. It doesn't support the normal-zombie-cell phone-makeup-txt msg driver. People can't hardly drive as it is. Adding a new piece of equipment that changes the pattern of what means STOP and your left with a person, in a 4000lb SUV, that no longer has a chance of missing you. And that is, IF THEY WERE PAYING ATTENTION IN THE FIRST PLACE!
His bike is the first I've ever seen with that type of modulator installed. But I'm against all of them. At the most, people may glance ahead as they drive. Some may glance and see your brake light flash. Some may only see your light be on, then turn off. To the average person that means: "Oh, they WERE hitting their brakes. Then they kept going". When in reality you're front pads are melting and you're standing on the rear because the person in front of you just got an awesome txt saying Michael Bolton is coming to town and SHE GOT FRONT ROW SEATS!
I drive all day at work (phone co.). I see alot of nonsense on the road. That's why I'm starting PABLM. People Against Brake Light Modulators. It's pronounced: POB-LEM. Like "Hey man you got a problem?" And I'm all "No. I said I'm with PABLM. And you, sir, have a shi**y tailight".
Thanks for listening.