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When I was learning to ride one of the hardest things I had to learn to remember was to shut off my blinkers. So my question is, why don't all bikes come with auto shut off for the blinkers? I know some of the more exspensive bike have blinkers that shut off automatically why don't all bikes? This is one thing that would not cost alot and it would save lives. Just wondering seems like a no brainer to me
 

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When I was learning to ride one of the hardest things I had to learn to remember was to shut off my blinkers. So my question is, why don't all bikes come with auto shut off for the blinkers? I know some of the more exspensive bike have blinkers that shut off automatically why don't all bikes? This is one thing that would not cost alot and it would save lives. Just wondering seems like a no brainer to me
Harley has "automatic cancelling blinkers" and as I remember the control module which has the flasher built into it was around $150-$200 bucks. If the flashers failed it was necessary to replace the entire module. Mostly it's a matter of discipline to remember to shut them off after each use. The Harleys timed out and I have found myself in heavy traffic sitting and waiting only to have them shut off prematurely. I guess it's 6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other.
 

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The 900 is something of an entry level bike, and it's priced as such. To add things like self cancelling blinkers, a tach, etc. would add to the cost.

I find myself hitting the cancel button about every 10 seconds sometimes. I've ridden great distances with a blinker on. I've come up to intersections where everyone around me (but me!) was sure I was turning because my blinker said I was. Now I'm a little paranoid and I work that cancel button.

However, if I were to do anything to my blinks it would be adding 4 way flashers for PGR missions.

From the start I've seen my 900 Classic as a platform for tweaking to my needs. I didn't get an LT because I wanted detachable saddlebags and windshield (actually, I got a batwing fairing). I like that it was pretty stripped down and awaiting my personal touch, which seems to always continue to develop;)

But I digress...

You can find auto cancel kits pretty easily. Google is your friend.
 

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Kawasaki has mad the 900 into a starter bike by eliminating to other smaller cruisers.

The EN450 or 454 LTD was a starter bike too and it had a tach, 6 speed trans, alloy wheels, belt drive, AND a self canceling signal. It worked effectively but it only gave you like 6 flashes. It, as is my '08 Nomad, are speed activated. Below a certain speed or at a traffic light it will blink forever. Above a certain speed the 454 would hit it's 6 flashes and click it was off. The Nomad flashes about 12 times before shutting off unless you are sitting still it just flashes and flashes but once you are moving I think it flashes 3 times maximum. The EN mechanically moved the turn signal switch the Nomad just shuts it off.

...and Harley is still trying to build a motorcycle...
 

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I purchased two small LED red lights and wired them into the signal lines so I see the red blinking out of the bottom of my eye. $15 dollars and now I rarely ride 50' after making a turn without seeing them still on and then cancel. Originally, I put some strip LED's on the mirrors, but didn't like the wire showing as it ran down to the signal lights. So I moved the strips under my floor boards, bought some smaller lights and mounted then to the tree right next to the left and right risers, on the outside. Cheap fix and works great....
 

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As far as I know, all automobile turn signal cancelers are mechanical. When the wheel comes back after the turn it flips the turn signal arm back. That would be hard to achieve on a cycle since there's no actual turn mechanism as such. Thus the time-out method which as mentioned above has its downfalls as well.
 

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IF we had self canceling signals, the Harley guys would have no reason to talk to you .....
 

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Can you ad auto shut off to exsisting blinkers

Thanks everyone for your response to my question. I wonder if one could ad an auto shut off to exsisting blinkers? I just think with all the technology out there somebody could solve the problem. At least have the blinker make a noise to remind the driver that their on.
 

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Thanks everyone for your response to my question. I wonder if one could ad an auto shut off to exsisting blinkers? I just think with all the technology out there somebody could solve the problem. At least have the blinker make a noise to remind the driver that their on.
Try this link http://www.customdynamics.com/loadequalizer.htm at the bottom of the page there's a few options for self canceling turn signal modules.

Hope this helps!
LM
 

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The 900 is a budget bike.
My other bike has self cancelling signals, a tach, and a few other baubles that the VN900 doesn't. My other bike cost me $15,000.
You know what? I ride my Vulcan a lot more than the other bike.

Relax and enjoy the VN for what it is. If the "digitally cancelled" signals on the VN bother you, stick the a crowbar in your wallet and spend $100 for a 4-way flasher box (most of which add a self-cancelling feature to your signals) and you'll be all set.

If you REALLY REALLY can't get to sleep tonight without doing something to avenge the injustice of being forced to think about turning off your turn signals, then dash off a letter to your Congressional representative.
Be creative.
Tell him/her that your bike will be more fuel efficient (albeit very VERY slightly) without having to run its signals an extra 1200 flashes a year and DOT will make them mandatory (like TPMS are for cars now.)

Or....

You could just relax and go for a motorcycle ride.....:D
 

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Just add the Kisan SM3 and you will have self canceling signals, flashing brake light, extra running lights, 4 way flashers and parade mode. You can set the self cancel to 10-20- or 30 seconds. As long as you have the brake activated at a light the blinkers continue to flash.

https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=4

I agree that these bikes should have self canceling signals from the factory. Even a Yamaha 650 has them.
 

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I had an RD200 that i bought in 1978 ( i think ) it was a model update along with the introduction of the RD400. This bike (the 200) came with self cancelling turn signals as well electric start. ( unusual for a 2 stroke), from memory they came on for 10 seconds or 200 metres, i do know this, they always cut off at the wrong opportune time, either at a slow light or i was already around the turn and down the road.

You would think by 2010 that some other solution would have been found .... oh well, just one thing less to break down.
 

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I had an RD200 that i bought in 1978 ( i think ) it was a model update along with the introduction of the RD400. This bike (the 200) came with self cancelling turn signals as well electric start. ( unusual for a 2 stroke), from memory they came on for 10 seconds or 200 metres, i do know this, they always cut off at the wrong opportune time, either at a slow light or i was already around the turn and down the road.

You would think by 2010 that some other solution would have been found .... oh well, just one thing less to break down.
Thank you very much! that is the point I was trying to make when I started this whole topic, 2010 and we still can't make blinkers stop blinking when their suppose to.

I don't know maybe NASA has solved the problem but it is a Govt. secret:eek:
 

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My 1986 454 LTD has auto-cancelling turn signals. The biggest thing I've noticed is that they sometimes cancel too easily. I have to make sure the signal is still blinking as I roll to a stop. It seems that the slightest wheel turn cancels it. It's not a huge problem, as you can catch the turn signal indicator in your peripheral vision while checking the mirrors for coming-from-behind-traffic. If it's off, I just re-engage.
 

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My 1986 454 LTD has auto-canceling turn signals. The biggest thing I've noticed is that they sometimes cancel too easily. I have to make sure the signal is still blinking as I roll to a stop. It seems that the slightest wheel turn cancels it. It's not a huge problem, as you can catch the turn signal indicator in your peripheral vision while checking the mirrors for coming-from-behind-traffic. If it's off, I just re-engage.
I mentioned this but turning the handle bars has nothing to do with canceling the turn signals, it is on a timer and speed sensor
 

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Hi, Cruiser. Thanks for the correction. I missed that info in your original post. Sorry for not reading more thoroughly.
Nothing to apologize for. The 454 LTD was a great bike and fun to ride. They were a perfect example of 80's metric cruisers like the VN700/750 and the Shadow 500/700.
 

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I don't know maybe NASA has solved the problem but it is a Govt. secret:eek:
I am still waiting for the secret on "how to make roads the same level as any bridge deck that you may cross" to be declassified for State and County use.
 
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