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the basic premise is your bike does not have enough ferous material to trigger the often magnetic sensor in the ground.
 
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I stop right on the wires and then hit the starter button if the light is especially stubborn.
 

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I stop right on the wires and then hit the starter button if the light is especially stubborn.
Fill me in ... why do you hit the starter button, and do you shut the bike down first??
 

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I don't know about others, but on my '00 900ie hitting the starter button while the engine is running does nothing... I assumed it's a safety mechanism.
 

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I cannot remeber where I read it, maybe on here, but I put my kick stand down while I am waiting. Seems to do the trick, lights I never got before have been changing for me.
 

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We have one particular light here in Pleasanton that won't change for a motorcycle no matter what you do. It always changes for a car. It's at a T-intersection such that if you make a right turn on red, you have to go a long ways before you can get back to the road and there is no alternate route that doesn't involve going miles out of your way.

Click on this link if you're interested. It's at the red star, going northbound:
http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.ad...easanton&state=ca&zipcode=&homesubmit=Get+Map

When I come upon that intersection on my bike and have waited at least two minutes with nobody coming up behind me, I wait for clear traffic and run the red light. I especially hate that intersection in the summer when it's over 95 degrees and I'm wearing my black leather jacket.

I'm sure I could tell in just a few minutes if the advertised device actually works for that intersection.
 
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I am just sitting there with the engine idling, clutch in and hit the button for a second or two.
 
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We have one particular light here in Pleasanton that won't change for a motorcycle no matter what you do.
Notify the Traffic Dept. that serves Pleasanton. The intersection is in violation and must be corrected. Otherwise, it is a malfunctioning signal and gets treated as a stop sign (like you have been doing).
 
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How long does one have to wait before he can treat a signal as malfunctioning? I have several lights that I deal with that are the same way. I think I like the old "timed" lights better.
 
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If someone tests one of those magnets and says it works, please let us know, we have lots of annoying lights in Atlanta that I can't trigger with the bike.
 

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injected bikes with the 1.5 or 5.9 ecu have a starter lockout. you have to turn off the key and then on again to restart. the e/m field generated by the starter motor typically triggers the sensors. here in sandy eggo, the side stand trick doesn't work at stubborn lights, but the starter will. :) chris
 

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I dunno about all Monsters, but mine has an Aluminum side stand. I don't see why a non-ferrous stand would do anything to help trigger the sensor.

I seem to recall seeing stands on other bikes that look like steel though.
 

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Would a magnet epoxied to the bottom of your oil filter work to change a light? That way you could get two advantages from adding a magnet. Later, Dan
 

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I can't believe I spent $10 bucks on a magnet; wanted to stop sneaking the red or having to do extraneous Uturns after getting frustrated; wish I knew the starter trick earlier. Will report soon on the stick on magnet's effectiveness on a non-moto friendly light.

BTW: What is the other advantage (epoxying to the oil filter) other than tripping the red/green light sensor? Secures the oil filter?
 

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It's a trick I picked up in my peformance cage days. It will keep more metal particles from bypassing the oil filter. There would probably be a better way of securing the magnet, that way when you change the oil you can just put the magnet on the new filter. I have seen band magnets that go around the whole outer diameter of the filter. I like using magnetic oil drain plugs for even more insurance. Does anyone know if one is made for Ducs?
 

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Hey Dan, the OEM .drainplug in my '02 620ie came with a magnet . If your doesnt have a mag , maybe the new plug will work.
 

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Red light changer...
How does a magnetic field affect trafic lights?
I'm trying to understand who it works. If it work will your red light trun green and the other light (the green one) trun red. Preventing ppl from crashing into eachother when all lights are green. Are you guys following me here? *L*
 
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Its for the lights with sensors in them. The senors consist of wire in the ground and the disturbance in the magnetic field as a car passes over them trips the sensor so that the light knows you're there. It does not change red lights to green for you (otherwise it would cost a lot more)
 
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