Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Gage asks: I keep seeing motorcycles with their headlights flashing; at first I thought it was some sort of mechanical problem or the biker was trying to signal something, like a warning about a speed trap ahead. But I have seen this numerous times now and the lights seem to flash continuously. Do you know what this is all about?
My reply: Yes. It is a counter to the problem created by Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs). Those always-on headlights that a majority of new and late model cars are hard-wired with now. DRLs have made it much harder for motorcycles to stand out in traffic. In the past, before DRLs, only motorcycles (and funeral processions) burned their headlights in the daylight. The headlight-on thus gave motorcycles additional visibility, which they need because so many people do not see them.
Well, now they don’t – again.
A bike with its headlights burning is lost among the cars with their headlights burning. So many motorcycle riders have added a flasher system to their headlights that does just that – with the idea being to make the bike more visible to the cars that might otherwise turn in front of it – and so on.
I personally don’t dig it – because it adds to the visual clutter problem. Which could be better addressed by nixing DRLs and returning to the days when drivers only burned their headlights when it was getting dark out.
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