The silly excuse – Sorry I Didn't See You – is often trotted out by motorists who hit motorcyclists, but what they really mean is – Sorry I Wasn't Looking Out For Your. Car drivers often seem to scan only for other tin tops, and therefore may not always notice those motorcycles on the road.
Moreover, stop lights on motorcycles are often mounted lower than on cars and may be overlooked by following traffic. So motorcyclists need all the help they can get.
And that's where the MotoGlo Helmet Safety Light by Whistler can help. The device consists of a series of LED lights attached to a semicircular band that adheres to most any type of motorcycle helmet. The red running lights of the MotoGlo device act like a high-stop light on a car, making the motorcyclist more visible. But wait, there's more. The device wirelessly connects to a control unit that interfaces with the wiring harness of the motorcycle. The control unit communicates with the MotoGLo device once the ignition is switched on. Normally ten red running lights illuminate, but when the indicators are in use, the running lights turn amber on the side in which the biker intends to turn. And if the brakes are simultaneously applied, brighter red brake lights illuminate on the opposite side to the lit-up turn signals.
A battery is incorporated in the MotoGLo lightbelt, and powers the LED lights. It holds a charge for up to 10 hours, and can be recharged within an hour by a USB power supply of any sort; there's a miniUSB connector on the underside of the battery and a USB charging cable provided.
Should the rider wish to bring a pillion along, the control unit can link up to two MotoGlo devices, and the rider's can be turned off, if need be.
Installation of the control unit is possible if you're DIY-ready, though others may opt for the experience of an motorcycle mechanic or electrician. The device, as far as we know, is currently not available in Thailand. You can order them online or you can start your own dealership...