Headlight modulator

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discussion starter · #1 · may 6, 2017

i have used modulators for the headlights on the last several bikes i have owned, and it always made a noticeable difference in having oncoming traffic see me, and not turn left right in front of me. but for my goldwing 1800, wingstuff does not carry any modulators for my bike, and honestly, my dealer tried to discourage my interest in getting one saying they virtually never install one on any bike that they sell and considered it outdated technology. but i still wonder if this is even an option for my goldwing. anyone know of a source for a headlight modulator that would fit the gl1800?

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kisan electronics makes them i believe.

i run a rear brake light modulator and was going to do the front. not too long ago it seems, our local motorcycle leo’s were using them on all their bikes. but i’ve noticed they aren’t anymore. so i am now wondering about their effectiveness. ……call me undecided and confused.

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i would like to know too???

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yes kisan does make what you need, plug and play for your dual headlight application. personally i would not leave home without one, like said, a real life saver for those cagers making left hand turns. on the gl1800, as i recall, i plugged them into the outboard low beam lamps because they were easier to get to and still plenty bright. they are legal in all 50 states too. craig h.

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i have used modulators for the headlights on the last several bikes i have owned, and it always made a noticeable difference in having oncoming traffic see me, and not turn left right in front of me. but for my goldwing 1800, wingstuff does not carry any modulators for my bike, and honestly, my dealer tried to discourage my interest in getting one saying they virtually never install one on any bike that they sell and considered it outdated technology. but i still wonder if this is even an option for my goldwing. anyone know of a source for a headlight modulator that would fit the gl1800?

not sure why u say wingstuff doesn’t carry headlight modulators, here they are

http://wingstuff.com/products/745-kisan-pathblazer-headlight-modulator-for-honda-gl1800-gold-wing

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yes kisan does make what you need, plug and play for your dual headlight application. personally i would not leave home without one, like said, a real life saver for those cagers making left hand turns. on the gl1800, as i recall, i plugged them into the outboard low beam lamps because they were easier to get to and still plenty bright. they are legal in all 50 states too. craig h.

the low beams may be easier to install. however, i had several people watch as i approached & said the low beams were useless as in not bright enough. so i installed them on the high beams & they are effective there. :surprise:

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i’ve been very happy for several years with my kriss modulator. i like the fact that it is wired in to the bike under the seat (easy to do with good directions provided) and i like the fact that you can add switches easily it for some reason you wanted to disabled the modulation.

www.kriss.com

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never wire in low beams. if the unit fails – there go your low beams. plus you can never turn it off!! high beans only – then you have total control of when they are on. i love them on country two lane roads, but it i am approaching a vehicle, i turn them off. i don’t want him to get confused and pull off into a ditch. i believe washington state modified the federal law to make high beam – not low beam – mandatory. i originally had kisan, but it is pretty crowded up there with them on the back of the lamps. i damaged one with my clumsy hands and went with kriss with it’s under seat instillation. a more complicated setup up, but i like it better.

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never wire in low beams. if the unit fails – there go your low beams. plus you can never turn it off!! high beans only – then you have total control of when they are on. i love them on country two lane roads, but it i am approaching a vehicle, i turn them off. i don’t want him to get confused and pull off into a ditch. i believe washington state modified the federal law to make high beam – not low beam – mandatory. i originally had kisan, but it is pretty crowded up there with them on the back of the lamps. i damaged one with my clumsy hands and went with kriss with it’s under seat instillation. a more complicated setup up, but i like it better.

i have a kisan system (from wingstuff) on my 1800 which i installed on the low beams. i didn’t want to be blinding people with my high beams all the time. if they should fail, i can always use the high beams to get home. i also still want to be able to use or flash my high beams when i want some extra visibility. i will usually adjust the low beams down a bit so they don’t hit people in the face, depending on the road i’m on. i also installed a rocker switch (in place of the light sensor) so i can turn them on and off as i please. i usually turn them off when i’m on the interstate but i always use them in town, on 2 lane roads, and on regular divided (non-controlled access) highways. i know they make me much more visible, people flash their lights at me, advise me of “the problem” at stops, and sometimes even pull over to let me by. i just smile, wave and move on. i consider the modulated headlight system the best accessory on my bike and i wouldn’t ride without them. :wink2:

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they also work great on interstate to get vehicles to move out of fast lane :wink2:

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i’ve had a signal dynamics headlight modulator on my goldwing, for at least three years and over 20,000 miles. just recently i also put one (that i had sitting around from a bike i sold a couple of years ago) on a klr650 that i bought a couple of months ago. it will flash the low beams on low or the high beams on high, or you can turn it off at any time by quickly toggling the headlights between high and low beams. i’ve been very happy with this product and the installation was fairly easy as well.

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discussion starter · #12 · may 7, 2017

the item on wingstuff says that it is no longer available. when i contacted them directly they said they did not have a vendor who could supply this item for the gl1800. i will try to reach kisan directly.

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discussion starter · #13 · may 8, 2017

the kisan website shows their modulator kit but states it only is compatible with up the 2015 model goldwing. i have contacted them and asked about 2016 compatibility but have not heard anything back from them.

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the kisan website shows their modulator kit but states it only is compatible with up the 2015 model goldwing. i have contacted them and asked about 2016 compatibility but have not heard anything back from them.

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the copy for the website was probably written in 2015!:surprise:

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i have the signal dynamics on mine. pretty easy install. i did a video of the install and they put it on their youtube channel. i’ve not replaced a bulb in the three years and probably 25k miles since install, which surprised me. the only drawback is the need for an indicator that they are in flash, so you don’t bother people when stuck behind them for a long time.

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i prefer low beams…

i have mine on low beams. high beams are (imo) annoying to other drivers. when i ride with my motorcycle club, modulators are discouraged so i put a small sleeve of shrink wrap (with the end pinched shut) over the daylight sensor. problem solved.

i have the kisan (according to my sig line). i’ve had modulators on my bikes since 2009. i have not had any bulb issues on either my vstar 1100 or my goldwing. highly recommended.

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on the should they go on low or hi topic. i’m a fan of hi. howsoniii you note a good hack for the “can’t turn them off” angle. well done. but the “the high beams are annoying to other drivers” thing is key. lows are less annoying because they are less visible, but a) they are still annoying flashing lights; b) the whole point is to be visible, so being less visible isn’t great. i like easy on/off and being highly visible (and unfortunately a bit annoying) when i choose to flame on. anyway, just my humble opinion, player’s choice.

by the way, do not use modulators with hids. – captain obvious sends.

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i had kisan on my 06, on my ’10 i used signal dynamics (don’t remember why i changed). now, kisan website says n/a for 1800 – no reason given. kisan worked fine for 50k, was still working when a deer hit me – he came from the side – that’s probably why he didn’t see the headlights flashing main difference with signal is more flexible – the kisan was plug & play only for high or low – once you selected at install, that was it. signal allows you to modulate high or low whenever you want. however, the “switch” is flashing the beam selector twice – like double-clicking a mouse. and, like double-clicking a mouse, it doesn’t always work (or that just me?). to see if you turned modulator off or not, you have to either stop, get off and look, or ride up to something that will reflect lights back to see. black f150s do a great job for this.

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i have the signal dynamics and yes you can use low or high beams and you can turn it on or off easily with a flick of the headlight switch.

i wired an led into the circuit and put it in the tunnel so i can look down and tell if it’s on or off

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i have the new kisan mod for my leds’… works great .. had initial programming problems.. kisan reprogrammed for me… all is well…. i’m not totally convinced on my leds’ so will hang on to my original stock light kisan modulator until such time as i’m satisfied with the leds’.. then will offer them up for sale… will fit any of the gl1800 with stock lights..

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