May 11, 2008 at 11:11 am #1361
I noticed that for the first few days i often rode around with my turn signal on as I would concentrate on gear shifting after a turn and not pay attention to the blinking- then I started to realize just how dangerous this is especially with oncoming cars- I now make it a point to hit it after the turn- I started seeing alot of other riders riding with the “Old person florida perpetual blinker syndrome” (yes I just named this and usually they too have paper tags on their bikes- anyway wish thy had the same device as on cars that turns it off auto after a turnMay 11, 2008 at 10:17 pm #6214BenParticipant
I’m practically obsessive compulsive about making sure my blinker is off after my friend told me I was riding with it on for a few miles.
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yeah haaa now I am absolutely fanatic about it but i guess that is bestMay 12, 2008 at 1:42 am #6219tjlawson86Participant
I had the very same problem when I first started riding I guess its part of it right? Dont worry dude it will buff outMay 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm #6233shagglesParticipant
I still do that at least once every ride. After 30 years driving a car it’s hard for me to remember to manually shut that thing off although I’ve gotten a little better about it lately. I never really thought about how dangerous that could be though. Thanks for bringing it up.May 12, 2008 at 7:38 pm #6238MattParticipant
haha, now whenever I’m on my bicycle I keep trying to thumb my turn signal on and off…May 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm #6240ShannonGParticipant
I can so see myself doing this.May 12, 2008 at 9:16 pm #6245acidpopeParticipant
Saw a rider do it today on the way home from work.May 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm #6246smadaakramParticipant
i did this twice this past weekend, luckily i was on a back road with no traffic behind me
//@R!<May 13, 2008 at 6:36 am #6252AnonymousGuest
I used to forget the turn signals were on too when I started riding and what I did was to go to Radio Shack and buy two small, inexpensive, piezo-electric buzzer/beepers which I installed in the headlight by wiring one in parallel with each front turn signal.
After I’d opened up the headlight and identified the wires running from there out through the stalks to the front turn signals, I disconnected their bullet connectors, inserted the wires from the beepers into the bullet connecters and then plugged them back in again (trapping the inserted wires in the bullet connectors). I then shoved the beepers into the back of the headlight and closed it all up again.
Every time you use the turn signals, the beepers beep in time with the blinking turn signals. Works great up to about 45 mph. Any faster and they are drowned out by engine/wind noise. You feel a little stupid waiting at traffic lights with the beeping going on, but what the heck… you can always switch the turn signal off until the lights change.
Bike was a 2006 Honda Nighthawk 250. I had the beepers in for a few months until I’d trained myself to switch the turn signals off subconsciously.
Note: Only attempt this if you know what connecting wiring in parallel means and if you are confident of your ability to identify the correct wires. Incorrect wiring can cause blown fuses or even fires.May 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm #6294JirikiParticipant
I haven’t had an issue with remembering to turn them off… but, the first time I rode for 30+ miles, I would occasionally accidentally hit the horn on the way to depress the turn signal off button…
the first time I did this, I was on a deserted back road, the horn scared the hell out of me!
as for the buzzers, you could also put these under the dash and wire it into the blinking green light that says your turn signals are on… since it would be higher (and closer to your head @ highway speeds), you might still be able to hear it…May 15, 2008 at 1:05 am #6295
that seems too extreme for me- I think Ill just practice practice and more- I did it again today and this is after 1,000 miles on the bike in 12 daysMay 20, 2008 at 7:42 pm #6484NorCalKLRParticipant
I love when I look down and see the yellow light flashing when I haven’t made a turn in miles. Typically happens on the backroads since in the city I’m more apt to glance at the instruments and notice. Once I was riding behind my dad and we made a turn and he left his signal on for what must have been 15-20 miles. I tried everything to get his attention but he was blisfully unaware….it actually started to anoy me a bit because I couldn’t stop looking at it.May 21, 2008 at 12:01 am #6494
haa and I am still doing it today I did it albeit much lessMay 21, 2008 at 12:16 am #6496ShannonGParticipant
I started making a point of doing it before i even leave first gear after my hubby gave me a hard time about it.
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