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Old 19th August 2019
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Same as the above poster. I have my 1980 on the lift as I save up money for buying wire from autozone.

Starting at the fender and working my way forward. Too friggin hot outside yet as I wait for sept.
Bike is wrapped in plastic outside till then.
Dry rot wire insulation from close to 40 years needs replacing. Turn signals are going back on that bike.
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I don't have any on mine.. just like the look without them. I had them off before the law changed here in Florida- now you have to run turn signals- have not had any problems, yet....
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Well I removed the turn signal the first week I got my 1992 XLH. Today I have 3 bikes and none of them have turn signal. As my children wand to drive bike now, I will put again all turn signal. I have to say that in 1992 it was easier to drive in my city with bikes, now the car driver are 24/24h phone users. Bliking light is understood as low battery warning, witch is the only importand thing in real life to care.
Even when I have to reduce my speed I use my lever's brake only for light blinking as it was a low battery alert.
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I was driving in my truck from NJ to CT, back home, and saw a sporty out there riding with no lights and black jacket. It was around 8PM and the sun was down and all I could see was this riders license plate light. I purposely got behind him and gave him extra space cuz traffic was moving and this guy was a shadow driving in the night. I wanted to flash my hazards when he was getting off the highway to give him a heads up but realized he was riding he took his lights off entirely. I feel old posting this but please put those lights on, I know it looks clean but don't compromise your safety.
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I would like to say that I always use my turn signals but I can't. I mean, I really physically can't. For some reason, H-D has the right turn signal button on the right handlebar just far enough away from my thumb when I am using my throttle, that I am prevented from reaching the switch unless I take my hand off the throttle and slide it a half inch to the left to push it. Yes, I use it when I can reach it and I don't need the throttle (slowing down to make a right hand turn). No, I can't use it when I'm on the highway and I need to move to the right land without slowing down.
This is one area where metric bikes have it all over H-D. Every bike I ever rode before I got my Sportster had both turn signals on the left side of the handlebar.
As far as self-cancelling signal lights are concerned, I don't need them. I never had them before and I am always watching the dashboard to see if it cancels itself -- or cancels itself before I want it to. If I had a way to switch my controls to the metric style, I would. Is there such a kit out there?
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Extended turn signal buttons are available, some stick on some replacement, much more convenient and I see now that the MoCo has gotten on the band wagon selling the parts. The stick on’s are easy, been on my 2000 for over 15 years. My 2004&2006 have the replacement pieces, more involved install, good performance.
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I do hand signals and lights, sometimes one, sometimes both.
Texas and Colorado have no turn signal requirement for motorcycles. Many other states as well.

I remember when they first started putting turn signals on bikes, and it was controversial. In the rear, tail light and turn signal are 6" apart. Would other drivers even recognize it as a turn indicator. Many do not, most probably do.

There is a reason why US and UK do not have universal requirements for turn signals on a bike, and it is not because we do not live in a Nanny State.

In the majority of cases hand signals are as effective, or more effective compared to lights, and in some cases other drivers are not understanding the meaning of a blinking red light floating in space.

I would add that turn signals have a prophylactic effect. Riders believe they are protected, when they are not.

I live in a college town. Lots of these 50cc scooters running around, especially near campus. They never use hand signals. The turn indicator is like 2" from the tail light.
I have had one right in front of me, and their right turn was a complete surprise to me, although part way into the turn I realized they had their turn signal on, I just did not see it. Not an isolated occurrence.

I firmly believe that in ideal conditions, properly executed hand signals are superior to lights. Equally I believe hand signals are near useless sometimes, when lights are extremely effective. I use one or the other on a regular basis, sometimes both. If I had to choose one, it would be hand signals, based on my riding style and habits. YMMV

Those who were riding before turn signals were available know that tapping the brake light can be used as way to signal that changes are happening.

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Always on the left, sometimes on the right (stupid Harley design puts it too far away, especially when I'm on the throttle). Using a signal light is not perfect but it is better than nothing. My life and limbs are too valuable to me to try to prove a point.
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It certaintly is not more effective than using both methods. When the situation calls for it, that is what I do.
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UK do not have universal requirements for turn signals on a bike
In the UK, bikes first used from 1st August 1986 onwards have to have direction indicators.
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