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post #1 of 57 Old 10-31-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Fixed vs fork mounted lights

I'm considering some small driving lights mostly for conspicuity. But in general, is there a big difference in having lights mounted so they steer with the forks or point straight ahead, mounted to the frame? Is it a distraction to have the lights move around if fork mounted? Thanks. Best, DD
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The forks on a motorcycle stay pointer straight 99% of the time.

If you mount them to the forks, just make sure they don’t hit anything when you turn the bars full left/right, and that they don’t hit the fairing or fenders when the suspension is fully compressed. If they are on the lower fork legs or front fender you also have to leave enough slack to allow for the suspension to move.

Fork legs, crash bars, hand guards, rear view mirror stems are all common places to mount extra conspicuity lights. Try to not mount them too close to the headlights if possible otherwise they’ll blend together to oncoming drivers.
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Do the headlights on you car move when the wheel is turned?
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Do the headlights on you car move when the wheel is turned?
Yes they do and it makes a difference in tight turns.

But that was not the answer/ question the OP was looking for.

For conspicuity mount the aux lights as far apart and as far from the main light as possible, is the general consensus i think.
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I like them mounted on the fork legs. That's where I put them on my Trophy. It does keep them far enough away from the headlight to make a triangle. I think it is also more noticeable in lower speed SMIDSY maneuvers, because there are two moving sources of light - the fork lights are moving differently than the headlights. I also think lower level driving lights cause less glare than higher mounted ones.

Now to figure out how to attach them to the Vee's fork legs...

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Unless you are on a parking lot making tight turns there is no significant difference in what is lighted by the aux lights mounted to the forks or to the frame (same as with the mirrors mounted to the handlebars or to the fairing). Wide setup in triangle makes them more notable to the others. Other things to consider:
- the lower they are mounted the better they serve in fog and heavy rain. The glare is less blindsiding when down low.
- the higher they are the better they work as left line campers repellent. When high up (like by the mirrors) they also work better for animal and roadside hazard detection as they will lighten objects above vegetation and the reflection in the eyes of the animals is better when the light source is closer to your line of sight.

Some like to put 2 sets of aux lights:
- narrow beam down low on or by the forks for conspicuity and rain/fog riding
- wide beam up by the mirrors for roadside illumination
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Do you have LED headlights? I had thought about adding conspicuity lights but the LED headlights i put in really make my bike stand out. Day or night it stands out and I don't feel a need for more lights.

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Do you have LED headlights? I had thought about adding conspicuity lights but the LED headlights i put in really make my bike stand out. Day or night it stands out and I don't feel a need for more lights.

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This is truly a case of more is more. More lights more visible.
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Some like to put 2 sets of aux lights:
- narrow beam down low on or by the forks for conspicuity and rain/fog riding
- wide beam up by the mirrors for roadside illumination
That's similar to my setup: 2 at the bottom of the forks (orange/amber) and 2 at the OEM crashbars (they have a spot for aux lights).

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Thanks for all the input. I like the big triangle idea, I've read several sources that say that's the most visible to drivers. I don't ride at night unless I have to, but I'd still like more light when I do. I don't have LED headlamps yet. And my car's lights don't turn, but I guess some do. I think the Tucker did (great success there).

Do you guys run the yellow lenses? I see them better without being dazzled to death. I don't want to blind others, just be seen. Thanks for all the help. Best, DD
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