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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:54 am

Digressing slightly but regarding Hazard Flashers: I wondered about getting some sort of amber flashing light that I could get out and stick on my topbox in an emergency rather than trying to alter the wiring on the bike.
Any thoughts or suggestions, anyone?
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:03 pm

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Digressing slightly but regarding Hazard Flashers: I wondered about getting some sort of amber flashing light that I could get out and stick on my topbox in an emergency rather than trying to alter the wiring on the bike.
Any thoughts or suggestions, anyone?

These are some really innovative products. http://www.niteize.com/collections/led
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PostSubject: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:01 pm

Thanks, Dale.
I had in mind more of the beacons that go on utility vehicles but you've given me an idea;
does anyone in Europe know whether there is a specified 'speed' for 4-way flashers?
I know there are for turn signals, i.e. number of flashes per minute.

The though crosses my mind that I could 'orangeify' a bicycle front LED light, the ones with different modes. They can be seen for a fair distance and take up almost no room.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:53 pm

I split the above posts out of a thread entitled "SWing questions".
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:09 pm

You would think that Honda would build 4 way flashers into the Swing.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:09 pm

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You would think that Honda would build 4 way flashers into the Swing.

Agreed, but can you say "price point" or "space claim?"
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:27 pm

An alternative: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3881489
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:30 pm

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InfernoST wrote:
You would think that Honda would build 4 way flashers into the Swing.

Agreed, but can you say "price point" or "space claim?"


It wouldn't increase the cost that much, the parts cost about 5 bucks for us and would cost Honda 1/5 of that. Aside from a switch 2 diodes and a little wire all of the other components are already in the bike. Space claim, My Burgman has them and the switch takes up no space.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:26 am

Thanks again, Dale.
I've searched around and can't find the dimensions.
Anyone have a clue, please?
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:45 am

Dale can you get me one of those please??? I don't seem to be able to find it available here in the UK (maybe not looking hard enough) but it looks like a great item to carry on the bike esp as 'Europe' has now made it compulsory to carry one! They haven't specified any dimension etc. yet - so I reckon it fits the bill! In fact at that price I'd rather like to have two please!

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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:56 am

Skippy,

Send me an e-mail directly or a PM and we'll work something out. Mike that goes for you as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:17 am

Thank you. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:05 pm

Skippy wrote:
"They haven't specified any dimension etc. yet - so I reckon it fits the bill!'
Skippy, I found this, hope it helps.
Product Height 1.1 inches
Product Width 5.1 inches
Product Depth 5.6 inches
Product Weight 0.36 pounds
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:37 am

Skippy wrote:
it looks like a great item to carry on the bike esp as 'Europe' has now made it compulsory to carry one!

The easiest way to carry a Warning Triangle is a white nylon helmet bag that has a hi-viz reflective 3-M Scotchlite Warning Triangle sewn onto it. The big German bike gear stores have been selling them for a few years now. Another variation is a waterproof roll-top luggage bag with the Warning Triangle printed on one side.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:38 am

I've just found these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMBER-STROBE-RECOVERY-VEHICLES-TRUCKS/dp/B003QS0ECC/ref=pd_cp_light_2

I could mount them on my topbox.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:50 pm

Just wondering... would the installed turn signal flasher system currently installed on the SWing, have enough 'oomph' to operate all four turn signals if they were wired or "switched" together???

Also "MikeO", wouldn't those bright strobes be illegal for a civilian vehicle? I've seen them on police bikes here but doubt that they'd be permissible on even a "parade" bike or one of our Patriot Guard / Legion Riders escorts.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:40 am

I'd only want to use them if I break down or have to pull off to the side of the road for some other emergency, Dick, which is why I wouldn't bother with having any at the front.
I take your point, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:08 am

I've owned bikes fitted with 4-way hazard flashers and my 650 Burgman had them. Motoring accessories stores sell Multi Function Lamps that combine a torch with separate red and amber flashing lights, and don't take up much space. In a situation where 4- way flashers are needed, switch on the SW's left or right indicators, and position the lamp with it's amber light flashing on the opposite side of the SW.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:18 pm

Good idea "Meldrew"; I was just wondering (technically) if the other would be possible (without a lot of other hassle). Would like to do it if feasible.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:31 pm

As some of you older members remember, I installed a set amber flashers to my '08 for PGR missions. They worked great and the police had no problems with it and they sure came in handi later.

http://www.silverwing600.com/t1683-4-way-flashers?highlight=flashers
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:27 am

I'd forgotten all about them, Dennis - thanks for the link.

My only anxiety about combining one flasher with a flashing torch is that they may not flash as a in sync and I don't think that would be legal in Europe.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:26 am

MikeO wrote:
My only anxiety about combining one flasher with a flashing torch is that they may not flash as a in sync and I don't think that would be legal in Europe.

As the Silver Wing isn't fitted with 4-way flashers, another amber light from a flashing torch or lamp placed beside your scoot is there as a hazard warning light. You also have the option of using a red flashing light on these lamps, whether they flash in sync isn't important as much as they increase your visibility, alert your presence to other traffic, and could prevent another vehicle hitting you.
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:29 am

To answer DickO's query - The alarm fitted on my Silverwing has an added facility to operate all four flashers if required. So it would appear to be feasible.

I have an Osram Star Halogen torch which if you pull up the lens section it reveals an amber section (360 degrees visability) and the lamp flashes. Another feature is that the base has a magnet. (Great on a car but needs a bit of thinking about on the scoot).

You could use on of these, three modes, leds flash individually, all three flash simultaneously, on constantly. A red hood can be flipped over the lens glass. Not amber but very noticeable.
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-5-led-3fn-micro-equipment-headlight-p143635
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PostSubject: Re: Easy Alternate 4-Way Flashers   Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:55 pm

Thanks to everyone for all the info. I'll see what mischief I can get into. Smile
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