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    -- Illinois: Lawmakers in Illinois stayed busy this year. For one, they passed a law that gives motorcyclists the go-ahead to run red lights. Motorcycles and bicycles arenít usually heavy enough to trigger ground sensors that switch traffic lights from red to green so many two-wheeled motorists stay stuck at intersections and have to wait for a larger vehicle to come. Under the new measure, when a motorcycle comes up to a red light or a left-turn arrow and waits for two minutes or more for the light to change, they will be able to legally proceed if the coast is clear....Takes effect 1/1/2012

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    Re: Motorcyclists the go-ahead to run red lights

    Weight does not trigger the lights but a magnet or piece of metal does.

    If your stuck at a light,line up your jiffy stand to go over the black magnetic caulk and deploy it so when the jiffy stand is fully extended it is just above the caulk. The metal will trigger the light to change.

    What is funny about your post regarding Illinois is the lawmakers don't know beans about beans and pass laws foolishly which is why we as a nation are in the mess were in financially.

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    True, it's not weight, there are "loops" in the pavement that sense metal, and many times a bike doesn't trip the loop. The sidestand trick works sometimes, as does just lining up the frame of your bike with the side of one of the loops and roll it back and forth a couple times. There are also magnets sold with mounting hardware to hang them under the bike






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    Quote Originally Posted by MeanGene View Post
    True, it's not weight, there are "loops" in the pavement that sense metal, and many times a bike doesn't trip the loop... There are also magnets sold with mounting hardware to hang them under the bike
    Why do magnets need "mounting hardware?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Why do magnets need "mounting hardware?"

    Just bein' sarcastic, Gene!
    My magnet is held in place with double face tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    My magnet is held in place with double face tape.
    LOL! I've always thought that there was almost as much steel, between the bike and LE sidecar frame, as is to be found on the bottoms of most shoebox cars; when approaching a red light in the middle of the night that I suspected was little-used and probably "trip only" at that time of night.

    I dread it a little on a solo bike, though, and have gone ahead after waiting a respectful length of time. I guess, when I'd gauged that enuf time had passed to feel justified explaining, "It just didn't change, officer. It didn't sense my motorcycle!" if the flashing red-and-blues subsequently were to fill my mirror.
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    Re: Motorcyclists the go-ahead to run red lights

    We have the same law in Minnesota that states if a red left turn light doesn't change after a period of time a motorcycle can "run the light" providing there is no on-coming traffic. I've done that a few times and expect to get a ticket every time if a LEO sees me. It's the only choice sometimes. It appears the bullet bikes have more problem with the plastic on the bottom. Something new to us is the flashing yellow arrow for a left turn. If the lights are green and the left turn arrow is flashing yellow, a vehicle can make a left turn on the flashing yellow. Lots of caution required! I had a left turn accident in 1969 and have been "over aware" every since. That memory really stays with you!

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