I was going to post this in as a reply to Dekker's unanswered question in another thread called 'Glimpse of Appalachia' but thought the OP would not like the Thread high jacked.
Not that this ever happens here, of course.
Sorry for any confusion, meant to say it looked like he was riding on "high beam" because the blue headlight warning light seemed to be on. Yes for sure we all ride with the headlight on.
Just one or two on the forum deliberately ride on high beam during the day.
Yes, I would like the many US Riders to clarify this high beam issue.
I've noticed on quite a few youtube vid's that the blue high beam light is burning away brightly. Florida seems to be one I remember mostly, but it could be individual rider's preference to blind everyone else.
Aust. bikes are made to overseas standards, so the Jap bikes come with lights hard wired on. I've read that Canadian and Australian Suzuki bikes are drawn from the German Market setting's for suspension, so does that apply for lighting as well?
Australian bikes probably like elsewhere had light switches fitted once. Then like too many places, rule's changed. The switch hole in the block was blocked off with a snapped in strip of plastic, then eventually it vanished over time.
Some years ago, We got a Bike Design Rule called ADR19 which made the hard wired legal. There was much Rider opposition and then around 10 - 20 years later (forgotten now) the death tallies showed no drop, and by agitation that ADR was revoked, so compulsory headlight on is now a footnote in our History.
Some decided to hack their bikes to turn the lights off by a retro fitted switch.
The rider's of old Brit bike's turned off the lights again in mass celebration.
Then the 2 most populated States, NSW & VIC, said they would introduce State requirements, and the Jap Importer's said that they would not have 2 lines of bikes, and so the Jap bikes all retained the stock hard wired.
I don't think this scare ever got legalised, but a couple of years ago, I saw new Triumph bikes had a light switch fitted.
Any comment on how effective is the US requirement of the 2 blinker light's burning full time. How effective is this?
To me, it would be only effective at night unless they were like bright LED car running lights.