Wow! There seems to be a lot of opinion on here about safety devices. Can't say that I understand the whole, "since it won't work 100% of the time, don't do anything" philosophy. I understand that there will always be inattentive drivers who will put your life at risk no matter what you do; however, why would you dismiss a device that might just save your life? And if it only helps you to be seen better by only 1 person, it could very well be worth it.
I think I understand that those who are against such devices may be concerned about the "false sense of security" that using such items might create. I agree that there's no substitution for defensive driving and being fully alert at all times, but I don't understand why it has to be either/or. Why can't it be both/and?
I have a family at home and need to be responsible. This means using available resources to help insure that I make it home to be with my family. Of course, the safest thing is to drive a big auto (or stay at home), but since I enjoy riding, I thought I would at least try to be safety conscious.
Therefore, I will use my wits, try to stay alert, realize that people really do have a harder time seeing motorcycles, take some defensive driving lessons and try to make my ride a little more noticeable.
Anyway thanks for the advice so far, on some points we may have to agree to disagree, but that's okay too...all opinions are appreciated.
BTW, a couple of things. First, I stopped by a friends house today who happens to be a State Trooper with the THP and he agreed that the Modulators were a very good idea as well as the led lights that some of you have recommended. Everyone may not agree with his assessment, but I dare say that he has worked more motorcycle crashes than most of us.
In addition, (unrelated) he told me the story of a young lady who was killed on the Dragon's Tail recently. She crashed her bike, but seemed well. The LEO, who worked the crash convinced her to go to the hospital to be checked out anyway. On the way there, her liver/speen? ruptured and she died in the ambulance. Morale of the story? You never know, what may happen internally during a crash...it's best to be checked out anyway. Unfortunately, the poor girl was more serious than anyone realized.