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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody moded their tail lights?

I was on the highway yesterday on a pretty dreary and overcast day. Since I bought my bike, I am paying more attention to what they are doing and how visible they are. Cold hard reality on a day like that is that the farther bikes are from a drivers and the closer they are to cars, the more they blend in.

If that is a bit of a problem with an attentive driver looking for the bikes, what will they be with Linda Nail Polish and Charlie Cell Phone?

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First thing I want to do is put a strong daylight running red tail light. The problem is that if it's striong enough to be seen during the daylight hours, it's going to be too strong at night. As much as we want to believe that too much is just enough, reality is that you don't want to blind or annoy other drivers and their multi ton cages.

What I need to buy or create a powerful led tail light that can be reduced for night riding. Has anyone already done this? Are there off the self products that can do this?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-03-2010, 10:05 PM
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Yes (see the pictures).

Dunno if you can still buy this. Also search.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-03-2010, 11:02 PM
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This is what I did:

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LED tail light is by Motodynamic. Not expensive. Contains red LEDs for tail/brake light, plus yellow LEDs for turn signals. Tail/brake light is as good as the stock tail light but probably not a whole lot brighter. However, I wasn't looking for something extremely bright since I have LED tail/brake lights in my top box. I was mostly interested in the energy savings plus having secondary turn signals in addition to the Buell turn signals that I also installed. The latter are not LED - turn signals just aren't on enough to achieve any appreciable energy savings by converting them to LED.

Here's a short video of the tail/brake light and signal light display from this combination:

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I meant the light for the license plate.

There is a 5 watt light there and and a reflector so I wanted to add an ultrabright LED instead. I saw a body that fits there perfectly from WalMart but it's as ugly as sin.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-04-2010, 11:17 AM
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Here is a link for a review of P3 lights. They may be just what you are looking for.

YouTube - P3 Lights Motorcycle LED - review
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-04-2010, 11:42 AM
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I haven't done anything to the tail light, but I did install a brake light modulator.
I think they are like 12 bucks and a flashing light draws a lot more attention than a steady one.

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Sounds like you may be interested in HyperLites:

Hyperlites Flashing LED Motorcycle brake lights, Running Lights and Turn Signal

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