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Offline Cooljerk

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Turn Signal Ignorance
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:59:09 pm »
I'm a new Connie rider. One thing I have noticed is that I am not cancelling my turn signals when I should. Very Bad! :-\
The turn indicators on the dash aren't very visible (for me) because they are so far below the line of sight and because of bright ambient light. Another issue is that I am new to this bike and my autopilot has not had enough training to turn the damn things off each and every time.
I'll bet some of you have come up with fixes for this, like an audible alarm or adding additional lights on the dash or windscreen to get them in line of sight...?
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 04:04:43 pm »
...or just remembering to cancel as soon as the turn is made  ;D
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 04:21:31 pm »
Your turn is not complete until you cancel the signal. It's just a part of the turn, any turn. Now hit the gas....!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 04:30:48 pm »
Usually I'm pretty good at turning them off, but there have been a few times where I've ridden a dozen blocks with the blinker going because there are too many other things to look at. When I finally do turn it off, I just tell myself that I did myself a favor by looking incompetent to all the cars around me, which made them more wary of where I'd go next.  :)

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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 04:37:51 pm »
Murph used to sell brighter bulbs.
I have them,  but even with them, I too have left the blinkers on. (Everyone has)

I've considered adding a beeper. (Something obnoxious) so (after I embarrass myself because I didn't hear it, and everyone else DID) ,,, I'll never forget again!

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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 04:44:19 pm »
I have NO idea if this will work, but I used to have one on my BMW GS.  Worked like a champ.  I notice their web site lists four different Kawasaki options.  One might fit.

https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=4&catname=signalMinder
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 04:50:00 pm »
I added the GTR1400 / Concours 14 '08-'13 LED Mirror Kit  from Projekt D which flashes the turn signal in my side mirror. I am happy with the product but still go far too long before canceling the turn signal!

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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013, 05:06:23 pm »
I have NO idea if this will work, but I used to have one on my BMW GS.  Worked like a champ.  I notice their web site lists four different Kawasaki options.  One might fit.

https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=4&catname=signalMinder

If you go to the link below, it should tell you exactly which model you need.

https://www.kisantech.com/application.php
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013, 07:24:21 pm »
Anyone know of someone using this signal minder on a C100 with success?


The idea of not having self-cancelling turn signals was annoying, but not annoying enough to keep me from buying the bike after I rode it!


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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 07:41:22 pm »
Well, I went shopping on e-bay. There are some cheap Yamaha FZ6/Fazer flush mount turn signals that might work. I ordered them. I'll let you all know how they work. http://www.ebay.com/itm/300916525282?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
I plan to mount them on top of the dash near the screen vent holes. That way I won't fail to notice them as they light up the fairing. They are also another set of lights for iron beasts to notice before pulling out in front of me. They are small, smoke colored when not lit, so they should be nearly invisible when not in use.
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 07:45:53 pm »
I have a beeper installed on my C10, which I added when I owned a Voyager XII simultaneously.

The Voyager had self cancelling TS's and I switched back and forth between the bikes all the time. 

The Voyager was just right, turning off the signals during freeway lane changes and for turns.   Coming back to the C10 - I would forget.  Everyone said, 'just remember to turn it off', but it didn't work. 

Now a beeper has its drawbacks.  You need one loud enough to hear even at freeway speed, so imagine sitting in a left turn lane for 45 seconds with a loud beeper going off every other second.  Not good.

I wired mine to a relay so that it would only beep if the brake light was NOT lit.

The Voyager has been gone for a few years now and I have been cured from Turn Signal Forgetitus, and disconnected the beeper.

Contact RWulf for his solution.  He uses a vibrator embedded in the seat foam instead of an audible beeper.
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 01:12:16 am »
I'd like to hear more about the vibrator in the seat foam! Now there's a FARKLE! or is that FARTKLE? :))
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 11:51:07 am »
His girlfriends make him go around in circles all the time.   :great:
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2013, 03:22:46 pm »
How any bike/road vehicle could come without self cancelling blinkers is beyond me. How's this sound?  Push the blinker switch once for 15 seconds twice for 30 and three times for no delay if you're so inclined. Make it a standard feature like keeping the headlights on and not able to start with kickstand down while in gear....

Who's gonna build it  :)) ?

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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 03:42:51 pm »
Behavior modification. Whether you learn to turn them off or let the machine do it for you, you have been trained. Me, I have added as part of my cornering sequence. When bike becomes vertical after turn, push button to reset/center switch.

But, let them take away every decision you have to make to ride the bike...you might as well drive a cage cuz they even park for you now(no intent to segway). JMO
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2013, 03:57:18 pm »
Its already built and for sale , Signal Dynamics Self-Canceling Turn Signal Module 01501. If putting this device on my bike and it is never used because of my attention  to blinker turning off-ing  :) hooray me! But if it saves my azz just once when my concentration slips after a long hot day in the saddle...hooray modern technology ! :beerchug:

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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2013, 04:11:02 pm »
Its already built and for sale , Signal Dynamics Self-Canceling Turn Signal Module 01501. If putting this device on my bike and it is never used because of my attention  to blinker turning off-ing  :) hooray me! But if it saves my azz just once when my concentration slips after a long hot day in the saddle...hooray modern technology ! :beerchug:

Anybody using the Signal Dynamics device on here?  Wondering what the difference is between it and the Kisan Tech SM-3?
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2013, 04:29:02 pm »
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2013, 06:26:40 pm »
Behavior modification. Whether you learn to turn them off or let the machine do it for you, you have been trained. Me, I have added as part of my cornering sequence. When bike becomes vertical after turn, push button to reset/center switch.

But, let them take away every decision you have to make to ride the bike...you might as well drive a cage cuz they even park for you now(no intent to segway). JMO

This. For me it's just up-shifting, and I find I am often canceling the turn signal more than once, as I run up through the gears, and occasionally will catch myself pushing the button after up-shifting when I had never even turn them on. Does that guarantee I will never forget... well no, but I don't really care at that point, if I rarely forget.
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2013, 06:43:06 pm »
If you don't use them then u cant forget to cancel them! Plus I hear the bulbs last much longer that way too!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2013, 07:10:24 pm »
If you don't use them then u cant forget to cancel them! Plus I hear the bulbs last much longer that way too!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2013, 09:10:45 pm »
Gumby,
NICE!!!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2013, 10:39:25 pm »
Keep up the good work you two... :rotflmao:

Forget to forget this "turn signal" stuff Matt...
Just start kickin' and flashin' those SIZE 13 Alpinestars out on either side when you're turning and call it "foot-flashing"!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2013, 12:42:14 am »
I'm diggin' the shoes bro! Cant wait to plant one o' them size 13's in the quarter panel of some dipsh2t that cuts me off!
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Re: Turn Signal Ignorance
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2013, 04:21:29 pm »
Glad you like 'em buddy... Side mirrors come off very nicely too with a well placed size 13. ;)