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Headlight modulators are legal in all 50 states in the U.s. with information on the DOT website.
D'oh! You're right, PaulS. Clearly I was working with out-of-date information.
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I was stopped about 10 years ago by a Pasadena cop on Hwy. 210 because of my HLM and he wanted to give me a ticket.

I didn't have the DOT info on me and asked him if he wanted to go to court and look un-informed (like a fool) to the judge.

I made a deal that if he would hold on to the ticket I would fax him the info when I got home, which I did and no ticket.

In the many years since then I have not even had a look from LEO's but have had, twice, people tell me my headlight is broken. Thanks, the point is they notice me.

BTW- WoodWorks, I hear that is some beautiful country you live in, riding must be great!!!!!!!
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BTW- WoodWorks, I hear that is some beautiful country you live in, riding must be great!!!!!!!
Yup, it's not bad. You should ride up here sometime and check it out, Paul.
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I'll add another that has already been mentioned, but can't emphasize the importance. Yes the horn, not bad on the 310, but
I have ordered another Stebel air horn (my third now). On some of my older bikes, the horn was pretty much useless.
The Stebel gets attention NOW. Also as you are leaving for your ride, check it, make sure it works.
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A few more of my pointers that I practice.
Keeping my head/eyes moving to be aware of my surroundings, and a way to escape a situation.
Gridlock is tough to do this in. I like to get out of the "platoon" of vehicles asap, so if I have to
speed up or slow down to do this, so be it.
Being visible, adding lights like Bikevis mini LED bullets is inexpensive and effective. Couple of extra
red running lights on the rear, and amber on the front make a noticeable difference.
Optic green/yellow jackets, vests, or helmets may not be fashionable but they work well too.
My rule of thumb on riding, when you put your helmet on, consider yourself invisible.
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Thought it would be nice to know how others ride their 310's or any other motorcycle for that matter.
Maybe some help for the newbies on, braking, cornering, accelerating, clutching, etc.

Are you a speedster, big leaner, slow and easy? Etc.

I will start it off with a simple and very effective method to smooth out cornering.
Brake early, so you are not braking in the turn, and accelerate midway through and power out
of the turn. Sounds so simple, but have ridden with many other riders, who don't use this technique and
lose the apex in the turns and don't have a smooth quick corner.

Let's hear some others!

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What i would suggest is, ALWAYS DRIVE DEFENSIVE. always think that the drivers around you havent seen you andif they did, they just dont care,
whenver i get on my bike, every other driver i see is out to get me, even pay attention to trucks that may be transporting stuff, and i also throw every now and then the falling tree or avalanche if the road has mountain on the side hehe.
also, i always check the rearview mirror of the other cars to see if i can see the face of the guy, this is useful when you are moving thru traffic as you can easily tell if the guy is looking for a way out or just haning there
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Don't get angry at drivers, most of the time they are decent people who would never want to harm you. If you get angry at them, you end up having a crash somewhere else because you got all worked up about the situation. Imagine that the other driver is your parent, partner, kid. Instead of getting angry, congratulate yourself that you were able to avoid a crash.
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Know and always ride below your limits. The only thing past 100 percent is 100 percent failure!

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What’s that saying? Experience keeps me from doing stupid things, and doing stupid things is how I got the experience.
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Lots of good advice but remember, the most important safety issue is ‘YOU’
The Beamer does all the things you want (99%) so YOU should be safe and sound once YOU start riding.
No alcohol or drugs, good night of sleep and mentally and physically able to control the Beamer.
Good luck out there.
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