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There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

And here are two;
When you ride during the day, do you keep your high beams on?
Why or why not?

Do you keep your cruise control on/off switch on all the time?
Meaning if you want to set it just flick the activator switch when you are going the desired speed.
I can't really see any reason to have the cruise control on/off switch in the off position, but maybe that's just me.

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

#1 - No - Because it looks so whimpy compared to the HID low beam and motolights I thought why bother.


#2 - Yes - My cruise switch has never been truned off in 6 years. I had heard the switches were not reliable so I decided I would just leave it on.

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

Same answers as John's, but for different reasons:

1. No: because it's annoying to oncoming traffic. I would rather use auxiliary lighting, like Motolights, for conspicuity.

2. Yes: because it's easier/faster to hit the Set/Resume button than to turn the system on and then hit Set/Resume. I do the same thing on my cars. The only time my LT's master CC switch has been off is when I was trying to diagnose a CC problem.

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

I keep my high beam off, because my low beam looks like two lights close together. My high beam looks like only one light. My high beam doesn't get me noticed any more than my low beam. Its my moto-lights that get me noticed in the day time.

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

1. No, because it's not dark out...duh.

2. Yes, I turn it off because I don't want it on yet. (However, the previous owner left it on all the time.)

3. Oh yeah, there is no three...

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1) - No - Just like the other John said: "Because it looks so whimpy compared to the HID low beam and motolights I thought why bother."

2) - Yes - I keep it on at all times. In fact my cruise switch has rarely been turned off in 10 years. I did turn it off for our ride to & from breckenridge when the CC cable failed on us, and BMW Denver did not have the parts on hand! In that case it was "Thank Heavens for my Throttle Rocker!"

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

1; yes all the time in the daytime.

2; no, shut it off when not in use.
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1. No, because it's not dark out...duh.
Good one, Wade!!

I don't recall using my high beam at anytime during the last 9 years. With the low beam HID, don't even know high is on!!

And the CC - it's off with the slide thangie unless I need CC.
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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

I'm more of a No, yes kinda guy here. Seems like most are.

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Yes, I have my high beam on during the day.
Why? Because the 2 day safety course instructor said it helps to be seen by other drivers. If I annoy anyone, at least I know I was seen. I do have PIAA 1100's on during the day as well. Bulb/lens last about a year in them.

And Yes, I just leave the cruise switch on. I do the same in my other vehicles.

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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

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And here are two;
When you ride during the day, do you keep your high beams on?
Why or why not?

Do you keep your cruise control on/off switch on all the time?
Meaning if you want to set it just flick the activator switch when you are going the desired speed.
I can't really see any reason to have the cruise control on/off switch in the off position, but maybe that's just me.
High Beams:
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I turn the high beams on in the daytime when I want to increase my visibility to others. I use the low beams when I find myself riding in places where the high beams could be annoying to others, but don't add to my personal safety. Sometimes I reserve the high beams so I can flash them or suddenly flip them on to get another driver's attention.

I have taken the MSF Advanced Rider Course several times. The instructors from those classes all recommended high beams during the day. I haven't taken it since the mid-1990s. HIDs were not in common use on motorcycles when I took those classes.

Cruise Control:
I switch it on and off as needed. No switch issues after a lot of use on a 2007 K1200GT. I don't like seeing the little red light illuminated when I am not using the cruise control, especially at night.
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Yes, I use high beams all the time as years ago a safety instructor said to and maybe it helps to be seen; when I used to ride in the dark and the rare time I do now I put the low beams on to not bother oncoming traffic. I don't have cruise control and never have but that sure would be nice but do I have to buy a big bike to have it? I had an older RT but it didn't have it. I have used a throttlemeister and a Bob's wrist rest and years ago a vista cruiser.
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Re: There are no stupid questions (Just stoopid peepul axing 'em)

]And here are two;
When you ride during the day, do you keep your high beams on?
Why or why not?

Yes, I have my Aux lights connected to the high-beam switch so I generally keep them on during the day to been seen.

Do you keep your cruise control on/off switch on all the time?
Meaning if you want to set it just flick the activator switch when you are going the desired speed.
I can't really see any reason to have the cruise control on/off switch in the off position, but maybe that's just me.

When I owned LT's I did leave it on all the time. Never found a reason to turn it off and didn't experience an issue with it in 70k miles.

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And here are two;
When you ride during the day, do you keep your high beams on?
Why or why not?

Do you keep your cruise control on/off switch on all the time?
Meaning if you want to set it just flick the activator switch when you are going the desired speed.
I can't really see any reason to have the cruise control on/off switch in the off position, but maybe that's just me.
#1 Yes, high beam almost always on during the day. I want to be as conspicuous as possible and every little bit helps.

#2 Yes, I see no point in turning it off. I'd don't "cruise" all that much, but I fequently use it as a throttle lock so I can take my right hand of the throttle briefly, riding gear adjustments, finger rest, etc.
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#1 NO. I have the Ducati Design dual LOW beam upgraded to dual HID and in addition I have a set of PIIA 1100x that are ON all the time. That does takes care of conspicuity. So I keep the high beam for flashing, quite handy in CA when lane splitting.
#2 YES. That way it is ready for use whenever I need it, mostly when I have to use my right hand ( to switch heated seat ON or OFF, to pull my hair out my eyes, etc...)

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I think that keeping the high beam on all the time will hasten the roasting of you headlight ground wire. HID low beams seem to be plenty.
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And here are two;
When you ride during the day, do you keep your high beams on?
Why or why not?

Do you keep your cruise control on/off switch on all the time?
Meaning if you want to set it just flick the activator switch when you are going the desired speed.....
1. Depends. If I have a headlight modulator I keep the high beam on (meaning the modulator is active) most of the time unless I'm following someone closely and not in traffic.

2. Yes. I do the same in my car and truck.

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So... What IS the point of a cruise on off switch? Why two switches?
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1. Depends. If I have a headlight modulator I keep the high beam on (meaning the modulator is active) most of the time unless I'm following someone closely and not in traffic.
The motorcycle safety foundation suggest using the high beam during the day to make the rider more conspicuous.

I didn't even know what a headlight modulator was until I read about it on this site.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/p...ycle49-50.html

Thanks for the idea.

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Why do ya need two switches to control the cruise control??
'Nother great question.

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