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    I bought my bike with the aftermarket passing lamps already on it. The lights are on constantly while using low beam, but turn off when switching to high beam. This makes no sense to me because I figure the more light the better. Am I missing something? Is there a good reason (besides whatever the law might say) for turning off the passing lights with high beam? Thanks!

  • #2
    Definitely the way they wired them. You can rewire them pretty easily to a constant on circuit. You might need to put in a switch while you're rewiring things. All my lights are wired independently and I can make a pretty good imitation of the sun when I want to . LOL

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    • Spydr
      Spydr commented
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      Since you're on the subject... Do you know Why they're called 'Passing Lamps' ?

    • Ironman
      Ironman commented
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      I think "lamps" (as opposed to "lights") may be a Harley thing, but yes, I understand the "passing" part. I just don't care about using them for passing. I want the lights on all the time so maybe the cagers will look up from their cell phones and actually see me.

    • davej
      davej commented
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      Ironman, if you really want cagers to see you install a modulator. the flashing definitely gets their attention

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    https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.do...les/811507.pdf A good read.

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    • #4
      Originally posted by roadiemort View Post
      Passing lamps are for being seen, the beam pattern is usually flood, you can change the bulbs to a 30 or 60 degree pattern to make them driving lights, I installed a push button switch and a small led pilot light so i can tell when they are on or off, i put the pilot light in the tank bezel

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      • #5
        I use the "Kisan" Headlight Modulator. When I installed it there was an immediate noticeable difference in cars not turning in front of me. In fact on more than a few occasions I have had cagers roll down their window at a light to inform me that there is something wrong with my headlight because it was flashing. That also tells me that they see me. Modulators are also legal in all 50 states.

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