• September 1, 2019 at 10:26 pm #13081
      SixShooterSixShooter
      Participant

      Good evening all,

      I am looking for recommendations by some of our experienced road guards on what type of auxiliary lighting they use on their motorcycles when escorting or providing traffic control while on RFTW? I know that light color is usually kept to white and amber but I’m looking for brand specific types that are discreet in nature.

      Thanks in advance,

      Sixshooter

      “SixShooter”
      MGySgt/USMC (Ret)
      2019 FLTRXS
      2010 - FNG SR
      2011 - ATW - Tail-gunner SR

    • September 4, 2019 at 9:40 am #13088
      JokerJoker
      Participant

      SixShooter,

      I’m running a pair of Wheelen LINZ6 amber LEDs mounted on an L brackets to my crash bar in the front.  For the rear I have a pair of SoundOff Signal ghost amber LEDs mounted under my tour pak with double back tape and an extra nut on my tour pak mount bolt.  That setup has worked good for me the last 5 years.

      Joker

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    • September 4, 2019 at 11:10 pm #13095
      SixShooterSixShooter
      Participant

      Joker….so great to hear from you and thanks for the answer to my question. Drop me a line anytime as I ‘d love to catchup! S/F

      “SixShooter”
      MGySgt/USMC (Ret)
      2019 FLTRXS
      2010 - FNG SR
      2011 - ATW - Tail-gunner SR

    • September 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm #13140
      TexTex
      Participant

      Last year, as RG for the MR, I used an oscillating headlamp modulator (Signal Dymanics) and my four-ways. That’s it. Worked out fine as did some of the other RG’s. Honestly, that oscillating headlamp was probably the best warning device. I believe, when approaching vehicles from the rear, when the driver see it flashing on and off they probably think it’s from an emergency vehicle. It is totally approved by the DOT in all states. I just can’t afford to purchase $600 – $1,000 worth of emergency flashers for use once a year.

       

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • September 16, 2019 at 7:36 am #13166
      PawkeePawkee
      Participant

      Tex,

      I believe you are talking about modulating headlight.  They are normally installed on the highbeam and have a sensor to make sure they don’t run at night.  They modulate the light between 95 and 05% which makes them legal in all 50 states.

      I have one on my bike and it stays on all the time.

      There are no RFTW approved Road Guard Lights.

      There are other lights you can use on your bike in order to become more visible and safer.  If you were to put these auxilary lights on your bike, I would recommend you check with your state laws as to what is legal.

      I use amber forward, amber and white to the sides and red and amber to the rear.  Mine are mostly Wheelen brand.  I oftentimes will pull over and light up a car or bike if it is broke down and changing a tire.

      I would suggest you talk to your Road Guard Captain directly as to what is OK on your route.

      I am a firm believer in these lights.  We have a dangerous job and anything we can do to help the public see us is a plus for me.

       

      Pawkee
      RFTW Southern Route FNG 2007
      RFTW Southern Route Road Guard 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
      RFTW MIDWAY Road Guard 2015, 2016, 2018 (remote), 2019 (remote)

    • September 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm #13308
      AvatarCASPER
      Participant

      SixShooter,

      Contact me at dwjoynt at yahoo dot com.  I have some to get rid of as I will not be returning in 2020.

      Dennis "CASPER" Joynt
      US "Brown Water" Navy
      Vietnam 70-71
      FNG 2009
      SR-ATW 2009,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17
      SR Road Guard

    • September 24, 2019 at 8:42 am #13348
      GonzoGonzo
      Participant

      On the front of my bike, I have a combination of CIRIUS USA engine guard lights and Custom Dynamics Windshield Trim (with LEDs) hooked to a strobe module.  On the sides and back, I have Soundoff Signal MPower lights.

      Road Guard - Southern Route
      --------------------------
      Operation Iraqi Freedom
      CVMA Chapter 6-3

    • November 14, 2019 at 8:41 am #13649
      TaildraggerTaildragger
      Participant

      Six Shooter

      Y’all might wait a bit as there is a new RFTW Road Guard Guidelines Handbook coming out from the BOD that addresses Auxiliary Lighting used by Road Guards.  This will apply to all Routes.  Check with your Route Road Guard Captain for a copy of these new Guidelines.

      Respectfully,

      Taildragger   Midway Road Guard Captain 2020

    • November 14, 2019 at 11:18 pm #13650
      TexTex
      Participant

      I’ll make the assumption that we (RG’s) will get this updated manual by default…

      Tex

      NAVY
      in-country '68-'69 PBR-759
      GM3/ FTG2
      SS qualified (USS DACE SSN-607)
      Retired Senior Software Manager
      Retired A&P
      ATW '13, '15, '16, '18, '19
      FNG once - TG once - APL once, ROAD GUARD once, pain in the butt the other time

    • November 27, 2019 at 12:25 pm #13682
      TaildraggerTaildragger
      Participant

      Tex, I’ll make sure all the Midway Road Guards get a copy of the new Road Guard Guidelines issued from the Board of Directors here shortly. Just getting everything squared away before so there won’t be any issues.

    • November 29, 2019 at 8:52 am #13685
      AvatarMaverick
      Participant

      I just got finished putting 6 strobe lights on my Goldwing.  Works great!  I got them at SuperBrightsLeds.com,  P-STRB-x12 Amber/White, $24.95 ea..  Put 2 on the front on the wind defectors,  2 on the side in the back underneath trunk rack and 2 on the back under trunk rack.

      Tex, any chance of getting a copy of the RG Guidelines when they come out?

      GSCM USN(Ret) '57 - '89
      L/M VFW 3788
      L/M AL 460
      C/M ALR 460
      Ala PGR
      ATW 2000 (SR Recon), ATW 2003 SR, Participant 2018 SR (Fueling Team)
      Participant 2019 SR (Fueling Team), ATW 2020 SR (Fueling Team) Gulf of Tonkin '64-'65; DaNang '69-'70

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