Let There Be Lights

Let There Be Lights

By Jill Dunphy

When I decided I wanted to write about visibility for this issue’s safety column, I immediately thought about talking to Clearwater Lights for some industry insight into product development and selection of the best type of auxiliary lights for different types of riding. They’re right down the road from where I live, and they routinely participate in local motorcycle events including the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and local police motorcycle skills competitions. A good percentage of the members of our Gold Country Riders Chapter have them on their motorcycles, including me and my husband. I figured they’d be a good example to highlight the benefits of auxiliary lights. Once I started talking to Glenn Stasky, the president of Clearwater Lights, I realized that they are not just about auxiliary lights, and so much more about overall safety: I knew I needed to dedicate a full, separate article about this safety-inspired, innovative local business.

In the beginning…

Clearwater Lights all began when Glenn Stasky, a pioneer in audio speaker design, discovered his biggest client would not renew their contract with him after he traveled all the way to Memphis, Tennessee. He was there to deliver the latest innovations in speaker technology, and train their staff on the emerging technologies in his products. He had shipped his motorcycle with the products so that he could ride it back to his home in Folsom, CA. One evening on the road, still reeling from the shock of losing his biggest client, he noticed that an oncoming car in the distance was flashing its high beams at him. Instinctively, he turned off his auxiliary lights. The car passed, he turned his auxiliary lights on again, but they did not reignite in time for him to see the dead deer in the road in front of him. He hit it, went airborne, and miraculously landed on both wheels, unharmed. It was in that moment that he knew he could turn this bad situation into something even better; something that might save the lives of other motorcyclists.

See page 10 for the rest of the story…