As bikers, we know we’re invisible, especially to an inattentive or distracted driver – if he doesn’t see you, he might hit you. That’s why I want to look more like a fire truck when 3000 pounds of distracted driver doesn’t slow to a stop behind me. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s 18th Edition Motorcycle Operator’s Manual states, “Help others notice you by flashing your brake light before slowing down.” This is where the TailBlazer from Kisan Electronics comes in.
When unexpected situations arise and I need to decelerate quickly, I’m confident I’m prepared for distance, speed and ability. However, I don’t purposely add space and drive slower everywhere I go so I can account for the extra distance needed to fully release my brakes multiple times to flash my brake lights. Yet I don’t want to be in the back either.
The Kisan Electronics TailBlazer is a plug-and-play electronic brake light flasher that is legal in all 50 states and most of the world. The USA made TailBlazer unit compatible with the Ultimate Motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike (model 110HD-YZ3) is a $90 MSRP investment in safety.
Kisan manufactures TailBlazers for most makes and models of motorcycles. Some plug into the brake light circuit easily, some are simple brake light bulb replacements, and some take a little longer to splice into the brake wires. They all come with easy-to-follow instructions, and I found Kisan’s customer service to be top-notch.
Installing the Yamaha version on the Ténéré 700 took less than 10 minutes. I removed several screws from the body panel so I could slide my hands inside to reach the connector identified in the instruction. I separated the taillight connector and added the TailBlazer to the circuit. On the Ténéré 700, it’s as simple as that.
I started the engine and pulled the front brake to see six brake flashes in slow succession, followed by a steady brake light. TailBlazer installation varies by motorcycle model, and all are designed for DIY assembly. If you’re not comfortable working on your motorcycle, the person you get your oil changed from should be happy to install it for you.
Unfortunately, motorists do not always pay attention to the road. There are many ways to make yourself more visible, and this one is important. Every time someone on the road sees a flashing brake light, it has the same meaning: the vehicle in front of me stops. The Kisan Electronics TailBlazer won’t forget to flash every time you use the brakes, especially for the driver behind you who is daydreaming or distracted.