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    Hilltop are offering a service to smooth out the magnetic field and make pick up smoother.

    I can see the attraction, although you may be poles apart from this field, unless in a state of flux.

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    Just announced these magnets now interface with your satnav to optimise the user experience. Generating exactly the correct stopping locating to enhance the power of these yolks. Guaranteed to change lights within 20 seconds. JJH

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    What happens when two awesome steeds which are both equipped with new magnetic technology arrive at the same lights at the same time but from different directions?

    Who will get priority

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazlewis View Post
    Not sure why this straightforward question has brought out the wacky comedians, but a magnet should indeed help trigger sensors that have trouble seeing your bike - the magnet will influence the resonant frequency of the underground induction loop more strongly than non-magnetic material, and it is changes in this resonant frequency which are used to detect vehicles.
    I suspect that some folk are just sitting at the lights and not aware of what is happening. I think another area where this can be useful is in dealing with barriers that can be raised, although all of the ones we have at work use an ID card to activate and there's a gap at end of pole that a bike can fit through anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddmeister View Post
    What happens when two awesome steeds which are both equipped with new magnetic technology arrive at the same lights at the same time but from different directions?

    Who will get priority
    That's simple-whoever gave the highest price has priority. If this priority is not given one can assume it and continue anyway. If one is also wearing a hi viz jacket with polite written on the back again this is called thrumps and you can do what you like provided a polite wave of the left hand is given with the middle finger pollitley extended JJH

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    Touratech, as they so often do, have the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWright View Post
    Hilltop are offering a service to smooth out the magnetic field and make pick up smoother.

    I can see the attraction, although you may be poles apart from this field, unless in a state of flux.
    Bear in mind your need an engineer to verify that with the tester!

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    Big magnets and electronics .......... not a good mix.

    We had a spate of problems with electronics on a batch of vans working from the same base,always breaking down and going into limp mode , it had everyone confused until we found out that a surveillance unit were trying out newly designed tracking devices (that fitted to the bottom of cars using powerful magnets) on our vehicles .

    We only found out when a colleague caught them , the prototype devices were slipped under the vehicle and the magnets were screwing up the ecu signals.

    They stopped playing when they were threatened that the next time we caught them they would be subject to summary justice with a dog and if we found any devices on other vans they would be removed and thrown in the nearest river

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    To get this thread somewhere near back to sensible ( difficult I know ) but some traffic lights, particularly temporary ones, have a sensor thing on top of them and it is possible to fool it into thinking you are an emergency services vehicle by flashing headlights at it repeatedly until they change

    Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't
    Just a Prospect at the moment

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    That doesn't work , in 30 years of driving emergency service vehicles never had a set of lights, temporary or otherwise changing due to flashing headlights ,grille lights or roof beacons , sensor on the majority of temporary lights pick up number of vehicles in the queue and combines it with set times in the lights computer to allow traffic through and then alters the sequencing , better off reversing a couple of car lengths then drive forward slowly to fool the sensor into thinking more vehicles have pulled up. They will then change , especially if not set to give prescidence to vehicles from one direction

    More conventional static lights that rely on sensor strips embedded in the road surface have a problem with bikes in that even a gs is often not heavy enough to register .






    Quote Originally Posted by redrick View Post
    To get this thread somewhere near back to sensible ( difficult I know ) but some traffic lights, particularly temporary ones, have a sensor thing on top of them and it is possible to fool it into thinking you are an emergency services vehicle by flashing headlights at it repeatedly until they change

    Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't

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    Counting makes the lights change.
    Sometimes you only have to count to ten, sometimes to a hundred, but eventually counting always works.

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    Swap my magic beans for them.

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    I just sit and wait until they turn from red to green
    I put it in neutral hum a tune and sometimes tap my fingers on the tank

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    I used to amuse my kids by saying "magic lights, magic lights, magic lights" as we drove up to the traffic lights at the top of the village, and lo, the lights would change.
    This works 9 times out of 10, but only in the car. The traffic lights at Sandiway heading from Chester towards Northwich will not change for a bike on its own, unless you drop the side stand on a sensor.
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    Riding slowly up to the lights always triggers them.

    Oh my god, can you see any corrosion yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    Riding slowly up to the lights always triggers them.
    What kind of nonesense were you searching for, to find this shit?

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