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Old 09-14-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Saving your butt... avoid rear ends.

Vololights! Warn vehicles behind you that you are slowing down without touching the brakes.

I am not a salesman, YET, when I saw this product I felt as these guys had re-invented the wheel.

I have been riding for 56 years now and full-time living on the road with my buddy Spirit coming up on eight years with our 1100GS/Sidecar. [340,000 miles!]

How many times have you slowed down and the vehicle behind you as your brakes were not on yet did not notice it and came close... a bit too close?
In my world, too many times.

The Vololights take care of that issue.

It is a powered license plate frame with its own set of bright LED's or you can have your own brake lights alert if you want to keep your "Iron Butt" license plate or any customized one that my be dear to you. Using embedded intelligence, it measures the deceleration of your motorcycle regardless of how you are slowing down. Deceleration is also perceptible to the driver behind you.

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT VOLOLIGHTS?

You might have seen other products on the market that flash the rider's brake lights to draw the eye's attention. Two major deficiencies of these systems are as follows:
1) Current systems are tied to the foot and handbrake signal only. They do not account for slowing from engine braking and downshifting. Even though you may be decelerating, drivers behind you might not realize this until it's too late. Vololights overcomes this by physically measuring any type of deceleration.
2) Today's brake lights are not perceptible. What that means is a driver behind you might see your brakes solid or flashing but they cannot tell whether you are 'tapping' on the brakes or slamming on the brakes. Vololights solves this problem by varying it's rate of flashing with the urgency with which you are slowing.

WHAT'S INSIDE?
Vololights' patented technology combines a 3 axis accelerometer and microprocessor to measure your deceleration from any means; whether engine braking, downshifting or gripping the brakes.

HOW EASY IS IT TO INSTALL?
Vololights is designed for simple installation with no special crimping tools required. The license plate frame runs on your motorcycle's 12 VDC power taken from the rear license plate illumination bulb. Not to worry, Vololights has it's own onboard license plate illumination LED so you will still be street legal.

Use the included 4 screws to secure your license plate between the front and rear frame. Then take the 2 bolts that secured your license plate to your bike and use these two secure the frame assembly to the motorcycle. Use the included quick connector to secure the two wire power and turn the motorcycle's power on. Finally, calibrate Vololights one time by placing our magnet (included) in front of the lens momentarily while the motorcycle is upright on a flat surface. Vololights will flash letting you know the device is calibrated. Now you're ready to ride!

WILL MY PLATE FIT INTO THE VOLOLIGHTS FRAME?

We planned for the fact most states have slightly different motorcycle license plate sizes. While we have accounted for 47 of the 50 states, residents of Alaska, New Mexico, and Minnesota should check the "Fit" dimensions.

Do yourself a favor and install a set. It is cheap insurance from someone rear ending you.

It will also help us put fuel in our tank when you get to their website through our Journal by clicking on their banner and purchasing a set. I am the exclusive vendor of Vololights on this Forum and they will happily answer any questions you might have.

Stay well
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:24 AM   #2
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What an awesome idea. I shall give it a try.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:08 AM   #3
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What an awesome idea. I shall give it a try.
Hoping some day it will come as is from the manufacturers.

Let us know how it goes.

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Old 09-15-2014, 08:37 AM   #4
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Ive posted a few times about these in various threads, they had a pretty well received kickstarter campaign. Im interested, but the price has to come down a bit to equal out the added flash for downshifting vs tapping the brake.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:50 AM   #5
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I have one, got it from initial KickStarter project. Good idea
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:03 AM   #6
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Won't work with the CANBUS. It's on their website.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:49 AM   #7
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The version with integrated brake light will work fine with canbus. It works independently of the bikes lighting system.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #8
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Ive posted a few times about these in various threads, they had a pretty well received kickstarter campaign. Im interested, but the price has to come down a bit to equal out the added flash for downshifting vs tapping the brake.
Hi! The price initially got me also but, small amount to pay considering the added safety it provides. Cheaper than many farkles which are only cosmetic. I will check with them now if we can get an ADV discount.

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Old 09-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #9
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Won't work with the CANBUS. It's on their website.
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The version with integrated brake light will work fine with canbus. It works independently of the bikes lighting system.
Yes, the Vololight [click on their banner to go to their site] does work fine with CANBus.

Here is a link that will explain better

https://vectolabs.zendesk.com/hc/en-...us-Motorcycles

If you need to keep your own plate the Volomod will not work yet. It will soon.

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Old 09-15-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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vibration?

I've been thinking about the Vololights, but I was worried about the effects of vibration on the tri-ax accel and microprocessor, as well as the plastic frame itself. Mostly in terms of durability, but also wondering about false indications when riding off-road in a group. Vibration has caused an early death for front and rear fenders on my bikes, as well as multiple license plates & frames. I would hate to sink the money into this guy, only to bust it apart.

Do you know have the designers done any vibration/fatigue testing?
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I've been thinking about the Vololights, but I was worried about the effects of vibration on the tri-ax accel and microprocessor, as well as the plastic frame itself. Mostly in terms of durability, but also wondering about false indications when riding off-road in a group. Vibration has caused an early death for front and rear fenders on my bikes, as well as multiple license plates & frames. I would hate to sink the money into this guy, only to bust it apart.

Do you know have the designers done any vibration/fatigue testing?
And rightly so.
You best best will be to ask them by clicking on our Journal and then on their site. They do not recommend them for bikes which do not have rear suspension for example.
What are you riding?
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:45 PM   #12
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Can I get some feedback from the ones that are now using it?

That would be great.

Thank You.

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I am using it now but need more time to get some friends to follow me and determine how well it's working. Unless I rig up a mirror so that I can see it. hmmm
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I am using it now but need more time to get some friends to follow me and determine how well it's working. Unless I rig up a mirror so that I can see it. hmmm
If you followed the installation it is working.
You could rig a Go Pro! I am going todo that in a wweek or so as soon as we are in Texas again.

Thanks for writing.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:16 PM   #15
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So I went ahead and rigged a gorpro pointing at my tail end and rode around for awhile. Upon reviewing the video I see that it is less sensitive then I anticipated. You truly must be decelerating and not just casually slowing down for the light to activate. It's possible to gently brake without it activating. But when you dump the throttle it lights up bright as christmas. :)

I will next experiment with different calibration techniques. I anticipate that calibrating on a uphill will make it more sensitive and calibrating downhill less sensitive. I'll know soon.
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