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Thinking about getting a headlight modulator from Kisan. Does anyone have one of these units?
I have a 2005 LT.... how easy is the install??
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Get an HID instead.

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Re: Headlight modulator

Firstly I agree about the HID, which substitutes the low beam bulb.

I think the Kisan is designed for the high beam, so you would have the best of both worlds.

I had one on another bike and I found it most effective. Other drivers definitely notice that you are approaching or are behind them, and anything that improves our/my security is a definite plus as far as I am concerned.
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Granted I didn't think about it on the high beam

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Granted I didn't think about it on the high beam
I had one on my LT, used on high beam, where modulators are highly recommended to be used. That way you have control of when you use it. If on low beam, it will be on all the time during day, but on high beam it will only be on if you select high beam to be on. There is a light sensor which keeps it from modulating after dusk, as required by federal statute.

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Re: Headlight modulator

If one were to consider a modulator, the whole idea is to have it on all the time during daylight hours. They are designed to make yourself visible to oncoming motorists who might turn left into you.
Why would you want it on the high beam? People who do it that way just want cars to get out of their way, in my opinion.

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Re: Headlight modulator

I have Kissan Head light modulator on my high beam. (Easy to install) My low beam is HID.

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Thinking about getting a headlight modulator from Kisan. Does anyone have one of these units?
I have a 2005 LT.... how easy is the install??

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If one were to consider a modulator, the whole idea is to have it on all the time during daylight hours. They are designed to make yourself visible to oncoming motorists who might turn left into you.
Why would you want it on the high beam? People who do it that way just want cars to get out of their way, in my opinion.
Many of us do not want them on all the time in daytime, some of us want to use them in areas where it is most likely to have an issue with people pulling out in front of us, turning left in our path, etc.. Having them on all the time, especially when just cruising down an interstate is not something some want to do. I used to turn mine on in town, business, and residential areas, and off on the freeways and interstates.

In daylight, modulating the high beam does NOT blind people, as high beams in daytime are only marginally brighter to oncoming traffic than standard low beams are. In the case of those of us who have HID low beams, modulating the high beam with a standard halogen bulb only gives a little modulation affect, not something bright, as the halogen bulb is very weak and yellow in comparison.

If you have HID low beam, you cannot modulate it anyway.

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Re: Headlight modulator

Have not seen any studies or reports on the effects of headlight modulators, but I would be concerned about some motorists interpreting it as a signal to proceed.

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Re: Headlight modulator

Anyone know which one fits on the post 2005 LT with dual lights ?

https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=2

Site says this one. Please confirm, thanks.

https://www.kisantech.com/view_produ...oduct=P115W-A2
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Have not seen any studies or reports on the effects of headlight modulators, but I would be concerned about some motorists interpreting it as a signal to proceed.
I've only thought that it is a signal to wake up and pay attention! It pulse pretty fast...

I've never seen any studies, but it has literally stopped left turners in their tracks for me dozens of times. If you watch carefully you'll see them creep forward ready to make the turn - and then they'll stomp on the brakes when they realize something is coming at them.

The only down side to it is that I've had senior cagers unexpectedly dive off the right side thinking that I'm a cop. This could be a major issue in heavy traffic, but I'm willing to put up with the trade off.

I consider it the most effective safety device anyone has EVER come up with for motorcycles.


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I've only thought that it is a signal to wake up and pay attention! It pulse pretty fast...

I've never seen any studies, but it has literally stopped left turners in their tracks for me dozens of times. If you watch carefully you'll see them creep forward ready to make the turn - and then they'll stomp on the brakes when they realize something is coming at them.

The only down side to it is that I've had senior cagers unexpectedly dive off the right side thinking that I'm a cop. This could be a major issue in heavy traffic, but I'm willing to put up with the trade off.

I consider it the most effective safety device anyone has EVER come up with for motorcycles.
I do like the motolights giving the three points of light. Those motolights can be seen for miles even in bright sunshine. Those were my first addons in 2005 at Jackson Lake CCR. I've seen oncoming traffic pull out to pass, see my motolights then pull back in line.

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Anyone know which one fits on the post 2005 LT with dual lights ?

https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=2

Site says this one. Please confirm, thanks.

https://www.kisantech.com/view_produ...oduct=P115W-A2
That is the same one I have for my 2005 LT high beam.. I have not had time to install permanent yet. but I am sure it works.. I plan to install as onew of my winter projects..

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Re: Headlight modulator

My bike had one when I bought it... I took it off.... I think they are annoying and I will flash my lights when needed.... plus you cannot use them on an HID lamp.... and expect the ballasts and wiring to last that is.... I prefer very bright lights.

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Re: Headlight modulator

I have a modulator on my '05 and believe it's one of the most effective safety devices that I've installed. I believe it has saved my bacon on several occasions. As stated earlier I to have had cages pull off the road in front of me to let me pass. This happens mostly in rural areas on less traveled two lane roads where I suppose locals are not familiar with these devices. I did modify my modulator with an on/off switch so I can controll when it is functional. I ride with a small group frequently and it is really annoying for riders in front of me to see that flashing light every time they check their mirrors.

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