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Old 01-16-2018, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Warning lights for oncoming traffic

I know the debate about hand signals, so have been wanting to get warning lights installed on my sled. Anyone recommend anything good for newer ski doos. I have a 2015 and 2016. I have only heard of one so far ridelite, so I am looking for recommendations. Thanks


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Old 01-17-2018, 08:36 AM   #2
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I've seen the debate, and think we should spend more time promoting safer riding, keeping right, slow before corners, assume oncoming traffic, etc.

With this being said, I ride two up, so I let my passenger signal.

But my new sled this year came with a ride light on it. I haven't seen others, but this may be regional?

I'm also considering one of those rear of the helmet lights, as I think anything to aid visibility can only help. I think a higher rear light is a good thing, sort of like the high center rear red light on the newer cars.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:35 AM   #3
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I've seen the debate, and think we should spend more time promoting safer riding, keeping right, slow before corners, assume oncoming traffic, etc.
I agree 100%! I Never liked the idea of hand signals when group riding. Taking hands off the steering wheel under any circumstance while riding is not a good idea.

As far as lights go...what happens when a rider or riders unknowingly ride up on the last person in a group with riding lights...??? I have seen that happen more than once.

As Rich said, always assume oncoming traffic!

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Old 01-17-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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Everyone I know, self included, have Ridelites
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:22 PM   #5
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I was thinking of something like this for the rear of the helmet:

https://www.ljeproducts.com/shop-pro...d-helmet-light

Look, it's made in Pembroke, NH!

I'd probably put it on the rear of my passenger's helmet, or I'd need two, and only turn on the rear most unit.

This may be a diversion from the RideLite discussion.

Here's a link to the Ride Lite for those that want to know more about it (They are based in Vermont):

http://www.communicationsafetysystem.com/home.php
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Everyone I know, self included, have Ridelites
Many years ago when a sled poked along at 15 or 20 Mph hand signals were a courtesy gesture. Unfortunately with the speeds now easily reached with a modern sled on a well groomed trail, taking your hand off the handlebars is not such a great idea.

That said I see no issue with the Ridelites, if you so choose to install one. Again, they are nothing but a courtesy signal, and should always be taken as such. All they do is indicate where the group you are riding with starts and finishes. Any competent sledder should realize that the end of line signal does not in any way imply that there is not another sled or group following closely behind.

If everyone stayed in control and on their side of the trail the point would be mute and viewed just as the courtesy that it is.

When I teach my safety classes and this subject comes up, I always add in that you should operate just as safely before you come upon a sled (or group) as you do after. The end of line signal does not mean that the opposing sled is now free to resume high speed riding and/or traveling down the middle of the trail!
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