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Vololights VoloMOD Brakeless Deceleration Indicator

Item: P281155

When it comes to slowing down, motorcyclists do not always use their brakes. This can cause a potentially dangerous situation for drivers/riders behin… Read More

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Vololights VoloMod Underseat Module

When it comes to slowing down, motorcyclists do not always use their brakes. This can cause a potentially dangerous situation for drivers/riders behind you who are watching your lights and not your speed. Vololights solves this problem by detecting deceleration by any means via a 3 axis accelerometer. Whether you are using engine braking, downshifting or simply applying the brakes Vololights senses the change and speed and communicates your rate of deceleration to fellow drivers/riders through variable flashing brake lights, giving a clear indication of the urgency with which you are slowing down. So whether you are downshifting to take a turn or slamming on the brakes to avoid hitting a turtle, Vololights has your back.

Features:

  • Under seat or other 'black box' mounting
  • Use stock brake or signal lights, no additional lighting included
  • Brake lever actuated flashing at stop lights for increased visibility
  • 12VDC although slightly more advanced installation

Note: Does not work with CANBus electrical systems. See vololights.com for install instructions.

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4.3 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
3.8 / 5
Features
4.7 / 5
Style
5.0 / 5
Ease Of Install
2.3 / 5
Fit & Finish
5.0 / 5
Durability
4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Interesting idea, terrible execution. Wouldn't buy again.
I think the idea behind the volomod is great, but the execution is somewhat lacking. The problem is that if you want all the great features like blinking lights at a stoplight, you have to wire it into your hazard lights. As it turns out when I'm riding along and my hazard lights start blinking at the driver behind me they seem to think I'm having electrical problems with my bike. Imagine my confusion when people started pulling up next to me at lights to warn me that something was wrong with my bike. And then, when I'm stopped at lights with the hazards blinking as the device is designed to do, people think I've stalled and try to go around me when the light turns green.

For extra fun points, if you have your turn signal on while engine braking, the volomod will cause one turn signal to hyperflash while the other blinks at a normal rate. As you can imagine, this isn't good when you're trying to slow down and signal a turn in traffic. Now your turn signals are unintelligible on top of the problem I mentioned above.

Alternatively, you could just wire the thing into your brake light so it turns on the brake light when you're engine braking. This is easily understandable by drivers behind you and also doesn't require severing your hazard light wires. I would go this route. Unfortunately your brake light will stop flashing as soon as you actually touch your brakes, but at least they'll have warned the car behind you that you're engine braking. But then $120 for an accelerometer to turn on your brake light is a bit steep, and for that much money I can just learn to drag the rear brake slightly when engine braking.

In short, just skip this and buy one of two things:
Option A: Several manufacturers make LED taillights that have a built in flasher that will blink the taillight when you first put the brake on. These are fantastic and I put one on my wife's bike instead of dealing with the volomod and its problems.
Option B: Depending on exactly what taillight bulb your bike uses, you may be able to use a LED bulb with a built in flasher to create the same effect as Option A for less money. For my bike I got one of these bulbs from SuperBrightLEDs and I've been quite happy with how well it works. For $20, I'd get that over the volomod any day.
April 14, 2016
Ride:
2015 Honda CB500X
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Works well
Works very well, I ride an SV650 which engine brakes pretty heavily. I did the full mod which includes the turn signals.

At a full stop it flashes the turn signals like hazards with the brake lever pulled. With a turn signal on it works like it did before installing it when at a stop.

While riding it flashes the running brighter and turn signals when engine braking or downshifting. Slow for a slow braking and very fast for heavy braking. When using the brake lever the brake light pulsates and the turn signals flash. When braking with a turn signal on it works the same but the turn signal is brighter.

All in all very effective.

A side note: the online instructions that you have to use are a little confusing. "Switch 12v" and "brake Signal" are two different wires, "running lights" and "brake switch" would have been a lot easier to understand. Thankfully it comes with Posi-tap connectors so you can switch it easily. Also listed the #7 wire instead of the #1 which became clear when installing it.
February 20, 2015
Ride:
2012 Harley Davidson XR1200
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Saftey keeps me riding!
I am a safety conscious guy, and was psyched when I saw this product. I end up letting my gears slow me down a lot of the time vs. using the breaks, unless I need my breaks (obviously). Only problem with slowing down quickly and not actually hitting the brakes is that the car behind me has no idea that I am slowing down. Problem solved! I was a little skeptical when I was looking at this online, but for no reason. This thing works perfectly!

I did hard-wire mine by soldering it in, although I tend to do most things in an over-engineered way. The installation clips they provide probably work, but I wanted to make sure I did not ever have to re-do my work.

My installation took about 2.5 hours because 1) the directions are a step above IKEA, and were even telling me to use the wrong wire vs. the picture they provided me...2) I was very particular in how I did this. I have a few other things that I wired in (fog lights, voltmeter, hazard lights) and wanted to make sure I pulled the power off of a switched power source vs. always on.

Clearly the cost of this is worth it in my mind. I'd always pay extra to stay safe. Hope this helps!
August 2, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Ride:
2011 Triumph Tiger 800
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
EVERY BIKE SHOULD GEVE ONE
XSR 900 I use velomod in sport mode. It works brilliantly I can't believe it isn't installed on all bikes from factory. Cars will absolutely stay back further day/night. As much as we downshift and engine brake this makes sense. Get one!
December 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Being Seen!
Volvo Lights help to warn drivers behind you that you are indeed braking in some fashion or another by flashing your turn indicators and main brake light. The speed in which you slow in turn affects the speed in which your lights blink. Who does not want the driver behind to know your there? Engine braking dilemma solved!
June 22, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Ride:
2015 Kawasaki VN900B Vulcan 900 Classic
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Decent product, excellent customer service
I'll start off with the review of the product itself and then go into more detail about how ridiculously awesome the guys at Vololights are.
I got the module from Revzilla, as always, extremely fast. We to splice into my wiring harness as needed and got everything hooked up in about 20-30 minutes since I took my sweet time making sure everything was right. Turned it on and the module was not working as described on the install instructions. After double checking my wiring, I sent an email to Vololights and within an hour, yes AN HOUR, I was on the phone and FaceTime with one of the CEOs from the company trying to diagnose what was wrong.
Turns out I had a defective module so they sent me a new one and had it delivered within like 3 days. At this point, this is by far the best customer service I've ever had. The guy was literally walking me through the install, step by step, and double checking everything for me.
The second module worked perfectly, save for the brake light flashing when the lever is pushed in when completely stopped, but that is something to do with the amount of volts coming out of my harness, not the module. Other than that, it works perfectly, lights flash when I downshift coming into a turn and when I break hard due to the accelerometer.
The CEO is even working on a modification for my bike that will allow the module to work as fully intended (which to me isn't a big deal because I bought this to make my lights flash when I close my throttle or downshift, which it does).
Overall, it's a great idea with an amazing backup in Vololights, but there's always room for improvement.
April 21, 2015
Ride:
2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Great product and great customer service.
works great and the install was fairly simple. i love the solo mod makes you much more visible when downshifting.
June 24, 2015
Ride:
2014 Yamaha FZ-09
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Works as advertised
Pros: It works as advertised and could well save your life.
Teck support is as good as it gets.
The price is right and even the packaging is first rate.

Cons: CANbuss systems limit the tricks it can do but still good.
This is not a 10' plug and play device, be prepared to put in some time but it's not difficult, just time consuming taking things apart and reasembling.
June 15, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
This product is awesome! I noticed cagers paying more attention to what I'm doing. It's the kind of attention grabber you need on the streets to watch your back.
June 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
1 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Unit doesn't do what they claim on their web site. They say that the version for the Bikes with Cambus was to come out in 2015 but it didn't and the only way to make it work is to buy additional lights.
March 7, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
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I think its a good way to be seen.
Ruslan H on May 6, 2017
Easy, reliable way to add an important safety feature
John H on Jul 24, 2016
I think its a good way to be seen.
Ruslan H on May 6, 2017
Purchased this for my son on the recommendation from a friend of mine. He thinks people don't follow him so closely now on his motorcycle.
Karl Y on Mar 14, 2017
Easy, reliable way to add an important safety feature
John H on Jul 24, 2016
Write up in Wing World magazine.
S S on Feb 18, 2016
added safety, I almost got rear ended last week by a truck that didn't observe my engine braking, since the brake lights were not on
David S on Aug 14, 2015
I chose the Volomod light system to enhance the safety of myself and bike against what today is called distracted drivers
but really just means drivers who think their use of their cellphone is more important than anybody's life on the road.
Greg K on Jun 25, 2015
So my lights are flashing when ever I am slowing down.
russell h on Jun 20, 2015
down shifting and engine braking used often.
wade c on May 24, 2015
safety- need to protect my self as much as possible from careless car drivers.
KHIO S on Apr 20, 2015
A must have for night time highway riding. Could save your life if you ride quick with others.
vance c on Nov 1, 2014
seems like a great idea. hope it works, cause I engine-brake a lot!
DiavelMademe2it on Oct 7, 2014
Purchased this for my son on the recommendation from a friend of mine. He thinks people don't follow him so closely now on his motorcycle.
Karl Y on Mar 14, 2017
Write up in Wing World magazine.
S S on Feb 18, 2016
Will this work on a 2015 BMW G650 GS?
TTGator on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Aaron; I'm almost certain it will. My Aprilia has a CanBus system and many BMWs also have this system (don't know about yours) so i had to do some creative wiring. Recently I contacted Volo if they had updated the unit to have it's full capabilities on CanBus systems. The answer was affirmative and if I sent the unit back to them they would update if for free. Great unit and the service is second to none. I would contact them; they are very helpful and the unit could save your life.
What is the size (LxWxH) of the volo unit? I'm trying to see if and where I could fit this somewhere on a Tuono V4R.
Alex I on Apr 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi; the unit is 3&7/8 x 2&5/16 x 3/8"
I have a Aprilia Dorsoduro and it has a CANbuss Electrical system so I will be isolating it from the bikes electrical system. I am in Florida for two more weeks and the bike is in Canada so it will be a month before I have it installed but I don't anticipate any problems. You may want to check if yours is CANbuss and act appropriately. Faisal at Volo is most helpful. Robert
Deceleration indicated---Will it work on a Harley FLHTK ?
A shopper on Feb 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It will work on any bike. I used mine on an Aprilia with a Can buss electrical system so I had to do a work around. The company was very helpful. I don't know anything about HD but your dealer should be able to tell you if your bike is Can buss. I highly recommended the device and the company & I don't want to lose my life to some inattentive fool so I do what I can.
Will this work with a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 900? I'm not sure if it has a canbus system.
A shopper on Jun 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Please read the answer I gave Aaron. I don't believe any Japanese bikes have CanBus electrical.
Has anyone installed this on a Can-Am Spyder? If so, how difficult was it to install?

Thanks!
Shelley S on Jun 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi; I installed mine on an Aprilia Dorsoduro with a CANbuss electrical system. You need to find out if your machine is CANbuss. If it is, you need to keep the device separate from your electrical system. If it isn't, wire it according to the directions. The Spyder is a big machine so I would think it would be easier than mine was. Faizal at Volo was very helpful to me. Yes it is work but in today's distracted world it's well worth it IMHO.
Regards Robert
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