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Gear Scout: Adventure Tech Flashback Tail Lamp

Every motorcycle rider has been forced to an abrupt halt, glanced at the review mirror and watched it fill up with nothing but grill from the car behind. Modern motorcycles are amazing things, but still rely on a woefully inadequate single tail lamp as a means of signaling a stop. The LED wizards at Adventure Tech have created a tail lamp solution sure to save lives, or at the very least, provide comforting piece of mind. Their Flashback system is a plug-and-go lamp replacement built around a sophisticated array of LEDs. Not only are the LEDs extremely bright, they activate 20% faster than standard incandescent bulbs; milliseconds count in a sudden stop situation.

More than just bright and quick, the Flashback illuminates with an almost obnoxious sequence of flashes. Similar to the tail lamps on Formula 1 racing cars, the strobing LEDs instantly grab the attention of even the most distracted drivers. The Flashback has three flashing modes to choose from with the mode selection activated at the brake lever for maximum convenience. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience with LED lighting systems, Adventure Tech has built a lamp of unsurpassed quality. Installation of the Flashback on my BMW was completed in less than five minutes, and in the months since has resulted in a noticeable change in how drivers trail behind, giving me far more breathing room than before. That alone is well worth the low asking price. While they don’t offer lamps for every model of motorcycle, they do have lamps for many of the more popular bikes on the market.



Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.