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I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm probably going to mount a short whip with a flag to the rear of my Slingshot. The main reason being is that I live in SoCal and generally most drivers around these parts are HORRIBLE. With the Slingshot being so low -- yet it will demand a presence because it's so unique-looking -- it's still a bit unnerving to be swerving around other vehicles that are possible 2-3 times taller (lifted trucks, big rigs, SUVs) and having to worry about them moving around without noticing you.

Full disclosure though, I am one of those "lifted" drivers so going from my current toy to the Slingshot will be a HUGE change in driving experiences. My current pride and joy is this..

 

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Nice Toyota!

The SS is bigger than I think people realize. I was watching a bunch of the launch videos and it wasn't small compared to other vehicles on the road. Here is a link to one:

Plus it is almost as long as a Miata (with a longer wheelbase than a Miata) and as wide as a Corvette Z06.

There is also a brake light running down the spine as well.
 

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The SS isn't small but it sure is low.

I'd like to have some super bright LED's that could be flashed to catch car drivers' attention at intersections where most of the "didn't see them" accidents happen.
 

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Yeah, that would be a good place, those are the highest points, and available.

Simplest would be LED strips that stick onto the outer perimeter; more complicated but slicker, would be to put them between those handy gaps between the hoop sections.
 

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We could put these on the roll hoops:

BikingMyWay® Classic Bike Safety Light Set (2PCS) - Front Safety Light Black Shell White Light - Rear Safety Light Black Shell Red Light - High Power High Brightness LED - 240 Degree Visibility - Three Working Modes: Fast Flash, Slow Flash, Steady - Aluminum Shell, Durable and Flexible Silicone Band - Water Resistant - Can be Mounted on Handlebar, Seat Riser, Fork, Backpack, Helmet and More - Best Bike Safety Light Set - Money Back Guaranteed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IY2G5CS/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_V0S3tb1VY4DNQRY8

And mount one of these in the center above the head rests. Could also attach the bike light above to the top of the pole:

Attwood Corporation Light Pole Assy 24-Inch Package Globe Style https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001O0DISG/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_67S3tb1KAP6GYPZA

This can't hurt:

3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape, Silver, 2-Inch by 36-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQRIV2/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_YET3tb0JGGA8HEMP

And finally throw two of these on the back:

Fly Racing Spring Mount Safety Flag 12460 by Fly Racing http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UK9DA8/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_T5T3tb0YXFRM8


Also possibilities...

DSIElectronics LW48RD - Red LED Light Whip for ATVs, w/Quick Connect fitting by LED Light Whips http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KCWNOCC/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_5TT3tb0NTDEA8


Street FX 1044314 Red ATV Antenna Whip Light by Streetfx http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003AYWIO4/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_RVT3tb0VJXYPT
 

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Low height will make it tend to disappear in crowded traffic, especially when driven a bit too exuberantly for the situation. Consider:

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The oncoming car stops to allow the camera car to turn left, but a motorcycle whips around to the right, unseen by the driver of the camera car. [Snipped from a Russian crash compilation. This rider went down but wasn't hurt.]

A conservative driving style when in traffic will help to make oneself seen by threatening vehicles. In addition, the Slingshot's width and the outboard front lamps will make it more conspicuous than a motorcycle in a similar situation.
 

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I've seen self adhesive reflective material that looks black but is reflective at night. The roll hoops are a perfect location for some tastefully placed strips of this.
 

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Even when manually activated, i.e. not continuous flashing like police and emergency vehicles?

I'm thinking they'd be hooked to the same circuit as the high-beam headlights.
 

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There's been controversy about m/c headlight modulators and taillight flashers and they're illegal in some jurisdictions. Sometimes the rationale is they're distracting or could cause seizures, others it's laws restricting flashing lights to emergency/police/service vehicles. Not saying those are GOOD rules, just that they exist.

Reflective tape only helps at night, sure, but that's better than nothing.

Incidentally, studies have been done showing the best shape for catching attention is a point-down triangle.
 

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Again, what you're describing sounds like regularly flashed lights that are left on for some time, while I'm talking about a few quick flashes.

I don't get the thing with seizures, or emergency vehicles would be leaving a trail of epileptoids in their wake.
 

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That was my main concern, it sits so low cars or trucks may not notice coming up along side. I don't know how well a flag would work but the headlight modulator seems like a viable solution. I very rarely see modulators in use here in NJ.
 
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