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post #1 of 5 Old 08-30-2009, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Added some LED lights

My buddy bought a Strom that had some LED lights added to the lower forks by the previous owner. When I was riding ahead of him looking in my mirror, I felt that it made his bike look more conspicuous and might buy him a little extra respect from drivers considering pulling out in front of him.

I thought that it might be even better to mount a pair of amber LEDs on the widest possible part of the bike to make it look larger. The idea being to make other motorists perceive the bike as being larger or closer.

I found these on the net for very little money:

http://www.unique-leds.com/index.php...roduct_id=1765

I mounted them on the bottom of the Suzuki handguards using the two tiny screws provided. They are wired to the heated grip circuit without a switch so they are on when the ignition is on.

The photo gives a fairly good idea of the result. In full daylight, I don't think they give as much improvement in conspicuity as a bright jacket, but in dim light they would seem to be quite helpful.

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Mike Brown
Vancouver, WA
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-30-2009, 05:12 PM
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How did you mount / attach them?

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-30-2009, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Each little unit has two screw holes that go completely through and they come with a pair of very small self tapping screws. I just drilled two tiny holes into the bottom of the handguards. (It is very soft plastic) The screws went in perfectly. I was worried that they would stick up too far inside the handguard and I'd have to trim them, but it's not an issue.

The LED units also come with velcro, but I decided not to use that.

The wires now run along the bottom of the handguard on the inside where they are virtually invisible. The handguard offers a little shelf that is perfect for that. I just taped them down with some black duct tape, but you could use some kind of adhesive if you wanted to be professional.

Mike Brown
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2011 DL650 ABS (white) Fully farkled and going strong.
2004 DL650 (blue) sold to Blair Layton for use as a project bike.
1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk
1982 Yamaha XV920RJ
1978 Yamaha XS-500E
1968 Suzuki X6 Scrambler


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post #4 of 5 Old 08-30-2009, 09:19 PM
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I like your idea, simple yet effective. You may use some small socket head bolts with acorn nuts inside if the screws tips become a issue. Cheers-BB

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-25-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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After riding with these lights for a few weeks, I definitely like them. They have a very wide beam pattern, so they are visible over quite a wide arc vertically and horizontally. I would definitely recommend them for commuters.

Mike Brown
Vancouver, WA

2011 DL650 ABS (white) Fully farkled and going strong.
2004 DL650 (blue) sold to Blair Layton for use as a project bike.
1992 Honda CB750 Nighthawk
1982 Yamaha XV920RJ
1978 Yamaha XS-500E
1968 Suzuki X6 Scrambler


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