Signals Among Riders

R-Rated

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Aug 4, 2016
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I ride a
2014 Harley Davidson (FLHTK) Ultra Limited
I get a kick out of when a group ride is a little too zealous with the hazard in road signals. Then they end up pointing out everything such as dead flattened squirrels, twigs, blowing leaf, etc.

Looks like they are off their meds!
 

Ghaniba

Explorer
Aug 23, 2016
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R1200GS, TT250, CSC RX3, etc...
As a guy with a couple of BMW bikes -- I'm guessing he/she was not used to the bike, or had switched off from another bike and got himself a bit twisted up. Many BMWs do not use the single stalk at the left thumb, but use a thumb push on each handlebar, just under the bar. Left for left, right for right, but up with the right thumb for cancel.... it's not intuitive, until you've used it enough, and even then, I find when I've been spending time on a different bike, I can hesitate when I go to cancel a signal. FYI, up with the left thumb is the horn. That's even more funny. ;) If you hit both at the same time, the hazards turn on. That's what I'm guessing he/she tried to do when canceling the first signal.

Dave aka Ghaniba
 

F4celess

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Dec 20, 2015
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I ride a
Yamaha Fazer
As a guy with a couple of BMW bikes -- I'm guessing he/she was not used to the bike, or had switched off from another bike and got himself a bit twisted up. Many BMWs do not use the single stalk at the left thumb, but use a thumb push on each handlebar, just under the bar. Left for left, right for right, but up with the right thumb for cancel.... it's not intuitive, until you've used it enough, and even then, I find when I've been spending time on a different bike, I can hesitate when I go to cancel a signal. FYI, up with the left thumb is the horn. That's even more funny. ;) If you hit both at the same time, the hazards turn on. That's what I'm guessing he/she tried to do when canceling the first signal.

Dave aka Ghaniba
That sounds very plausible, also that sounds like some brave controller design with a bad result. Why get rid of the regular switch.
 

DansJaunts

Smartass, tech wizard
Aug 20, 2016
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I ride a
MZ ETZ 125
Here, the wave is the base of the etiquette, to everyone on two wheels, scooters, cruisers, sport bikes.
Some also use the tap on the helmet to warn for police ahead, but most of the time we just flash high beams.

I don't know how many other bikes have this, mine has a button on the left switchbox right next to the horn, a push button that flashes the high beam. 1987 GDR knew something.
 

F4celess

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Dec 20, 2015
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I ride a
Yamaha Fazer
I don't know how many other bikes have this, mine has a button on the left switchbox right next to the horn, a push button that flashes the high beam. 1987 GDR knew something.
Many bikes have a pass light, which is useful to flash the high beams since they don't toggle. Even my 50cc TZR has it. The button seems to be most common on road and sportbikes.
 

DansJaunts

Smartass, tech wizard
Aug 20, 2016
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Hungary
I ride a
MZ ETZ 125
Many bikes have a pass light, which is useful to flash the high beams since they don't toggle. Even my 50cc TZR has it. The button seems to be most common on road and sportbikes.
Interesting though. My 50cc Honda MB50 doesn't have that, nor my Jawa 638. I rode a Yamaha TW and an SR too, none of those had it either. I guess it's also depending on where the bike was sold, but yes indeed, it is useful, I find myself using it a lot.
 

F4celess

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Dec 20, 2015
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I ride a
Yamaha Fazer
Interesting though. My 50cc Honda MB50 doesn't have that, nor my Jawa 638. I rode a Yamaha TW and an SR too, none of those had it either. I guess it's also depending on where the bike was sold, but yes indeed, it is useful, I find myself using it a lot.
I imagine the pass light is fairly unique to the TZR as far as 50cc's go. Not at all usefull on those as they barely move to begin with.
 
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DanielJ

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Sep 5, 2016
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I ride a
Ninja ZX6R.
As a car driver (also), you tend to flash hazards (all indicators together), to indicate to someone they have (accidentally) left an indicator on for a long time. Which can obviously be confusing to other motorists, thinking the vehicle has indicated to turn off (but actually doesn't).

Saying the above, people here might often flash hazards to indicate to following vehicles that they have spotted an obstruction or problem ahead, plus to slow down/caution!
 

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