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post #1 of 15 Old 05-10-2010, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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LED Tail lights

I want my Wee to be more visible especially from the rear. I want to put some BRIGHT LED tail/stop/turn lights as I think the stock tail light is too small. What units have you used that you would recommend and where did you get them?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-10-2010, 10:41 AM
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I like the Hyperlite LED, I made a bracket for about $1 with a mending strap from HomeDepot and mounted it behind the license plate at the lower holes. Little satin black spray and it looks like a stock item. They are really bright and easy to wire.
Melt a small hole in the fender behind the plate and angle it up, I double shrink wrapped the wires, probably overkill, and fished them to the tail next to the wires from the plate light
Durable little buggers too, this is the second bike I have had the same set on, four years old and they still look new.
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Big X2 on Hyperlites.

A buddy of mine has them on his bike and I can see him from a lo-o-ong way down the road when he brakes.

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+1 on HyperLites - VERY BRIGHT, mine are set to flash for 5 seconds then go on solid when I brake (you have to cut a wire to do this). Otherwise they flash all the time when braking which I find annoying!

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I bolted a set of Whelan TIR3 emergency vehicle lights right onto my Pelican cases, wired with an Eastern Beaver connector. Works great and is MUCH more visible than Hyperlites.





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+1 on HyperLites - VERY BRIGHT, mine are set to flash for 5 seconds then go on solid when I brake (you have to cut a wire to do this). Otherwise they flash all the time when braking which I find annoying!

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I left mine flashing all the time and for this reason: If you're in a location with minimal site lines someone could come up behind you after the 5 seconds are over. I wanted mine to get their attention no matter how long I was sitting there. It does make it nice, though, that you have the choice.

Also, add me to the list of satisfied Hyperlites users!

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here's a short vid of my 650 with hyperlites and LED taillight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ln2U_ewGcQ
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At the January bike show I discussed flashing brake lights with a couple of city motorcycle cops. Their immediate reaction was that these were "probably" illegal. They said flashing red lights - front or rear - could only be used on emergency vehicles. You might want to check into this for your jurisdiction.

The Whelan LEDs I've installed have 15 different flashing presets, along with "steady burn" (ie no flashing at all, just lights up and stays that way). I was considering using one of the flashing presets until I discovered this might get some unwanted attention. So I put them on steady burn and have had no problems.

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At the January bike show I discussed flashing brake lights with a couple of city motorcycle cops. Their immediate reaction was that these were "probably" illegal. They said flashing red lights - front or rear - could only be used on emergency vehicles. You might want to check into this for your jurisdiction.

The Whelan LEDs I've installed have 15 different flashing presets, along with "steady burn" (ie no flashing at all, just lights up and stays that way). I was considering using one of the flashing presets until I discovered this might get some unwanted attention. So I put them on steady burn and have had no problems.

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These are programmable, default is 4 rapid flash, 4 slow flash and then steady burn, however there are 2 more patterns, including no flash at all. If the LEO complains about the flashing effect you can reprogram it on the spot in about 15 seconds.

On the other hand you can flash your brake light all day long by hand and that is not illegal so I don't think they should nag you about the brake light flasher.

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