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wingmann
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PostSubject: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:30 pm

Has anyone ever tryed putting magnets on the bottom of there Silverwing to help trip the stop lights from red to green when you are stopped on top of the grid in the road at the stop lights. Someone told me that this would work and I would like to know if this will work before I buy any magnets and if it works how big should the magnets be.
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:15 pm

You can purchase these at most M/C dealers. I have one on my 2005 don't know if it helps or not. Some of the states are passing laws that will allow m/c 's to "stop & go" because they just do not have what it takes to trip the light.
Old Dave in Western Nebraska Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:57 am

the following quoate is taken from a thread elsewhere on this site regarding a law in Kansas: http://www.silverwing600.com/t2736-kansas-passes-bill-allowing-motorcycles-to-run-red-lights

trouble1100 wrote:
roadrunner wrote:
That said, anyone have any experience with an electrnoic gadget called a "green light trigger?"

Motorcycle Consumer News rated its effectiveness to be fairly equivalent with "wishing really, really hard" for the light to change.

Much more at the link, but I really enjoyed trouble1100's quote.
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:17 am

Avoid steel bridges - they'll ruin your fuel consumption!
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:49 am

I had a 1 pound Magnet mounted center frame of my V STAR and 2 6 OZ. mounted on the floor boards Did not work for me. When I would stop over a Manhole cover I did not have to use my brakes to stop me from rolling.
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:55 am

I'm an electrician and know how red light sensors work. They're big metal detectors. Magnets are metal and will set off a metal detector, but not any more so than the rest of your scoot. More metal is the answer.

A lot of newer red lights use photographic or infrared sensors and the problem is greatly reduced with these type of sensors. You can tell by looking on the pole above the light and see the little camera looking thing pointing at you.

The old style lights have wires in the street and you can tell by seeing the lines where they cut the street to install them. These are the ones that are harder to trigger. There is usually a circle (or square, LOL) with a line down the center. Try to get right in the center of it all. Positioning is the greatest key. Some of them though just wont work no matter what you do.

Hope that's helpful.
Good Luck
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:23 pm

smorkle wrote:
There is usually a circle (or square, LOL) with a line down the center. Try to get right in the center of it all. Positioning is the greatest key.

If possible I try to position the SWing diagonal to the trip line and stop with the center stand over the trip line ... then I will manually rock the SWing forward so that the center stand clears the trip wire then reverse the direction. I find this subtle movement helps to trigger the light AND if done enough times help to switch the light quicker.
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MaxB
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:40 pm

I put magnets on top of my helmet close to the aluminum foil. I still hear those voices.

Uh........no its the speakers inside the helmet. HAHAHAHAHA Smile Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:49 am

Wingmann... you are aware that your state allows motorcycles/scooters to run red lights that do not change because of the problem of the weight this thread is discussing.

Look here:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110223154149AAfvI63
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wingmann
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:18 pm

Yes I am aware of the law but the way the law states is proceed through the intersection after a reasonable amount of time . Well how much is a reasonable amount of time. I think the police would think a reasonable amount of time is longer then I think it is. When I am on my way to work every day I do not have time to wate that long . So it would be nice to make it work when I pull up to the light every time.
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PostSubject: Re: Stop lights and Magnets   Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:35 am

Yes, I agree, it would be NICE. But, it is nice to know that you can proceed on red if necessary. I live in a rural town with no traffic light, unless you count a flashing red at our only 4 way stop in town.

Btw... I googled the phrase "on my way to work every day"... one of the suggestions was "Every Day, on My Way to Work, Somebody Tries to Kill Me". If that is true for you too, I suggest you stay home more. Laughing Shocked Laughing
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