The railroads have always had one very bright light on the front of a locomotive and to make it more visible, they have that light move in a circular fashion. Union Pacific Railroad has gone one step further and has put two more lights down lower on the locomotive face to create a triangular shape. They have found that there is a measurable difference in crossing crashes! It is clear that drivers of automobiles, seeing the triangular pattern coming toward them can better judge the speed at which the train (or motorcycle) is approaching.
I am going to pick up a set of Motolights at a cost of about $515. (subtract nearly $250 if you want the halogen bulb). These mount down on the forks next to the calipers. They are made of billet aluminum (no rusting) and come in a variety of finishes from powder-coated flat black, to brushed aluminum, to chrome. You also have the choice of a halogen bulb or the new ultra-bright LED that draws a fraction of the wattage of the halogen and are brighter If taken to a dealer, they estimate about $275 dollars to put them on. That pushes the cost up to nearly $800. For that you could get a custom Corbin seat! Luckily, my mechanic says he can put them on for less. The lights normally come on with a switch so you don’t have to have them on all the time, though I don’t know why one would not. I’d rather have them just come on with the headlamp.
One Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor noted that he has three bikes and has two additional headlamps (LED’s) on all three. There is no doubt in his mind that is creates a greater measure of safety.
-Adam 12, VP, Retired - Peacemaker Chapter