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post #3601 of 3619 Old 11-05-2019, 10:59 PM
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That's perfectly balanced on the edge; I sort of love it, but I sort of hate it.



Does the beak thing work without the light bar?



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The original guy that I got the idea from mounted it too the plastic under skirt, but I wanted too do the light bar as it would be easy to fill the holes if I did not like it.
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After touching (bashing) the center stand arm down a few times on a "spirited" Sunday ride. I was rewarded with said arm breaking off when I attempted to engage the center when I got home.
I got to put on my Fab hat and booger weld it all back together. A bit of Side grinder and rattle can action to hide the boogers tonight. PIA not having a center stand.
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H7 low beam, H9 high beam, and not as easy as I would like. You need to remove the instrument cluster to get to the low beam.

I have these installed and am very happy with them:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Novice questions, my apologies. If you've answered them elsewhere can you direct me to the responses?
  1. Did you have to mod the dust cover as I've seen others mention was necessary?
  2. How did you focus the beam, if necessary?
  3. Which H9 did you use for the high beam?

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I installed two LED tail light bulbs to save a few watts. Here they are - https://www.amazon.ca/Extremely-Non-...16HNFYV8C6S5BM . Wow! That's a humdinger of a link! Anyway, those bulbs are WAY brighter than the regular 1157 27/8W bulbs. The tail light function is way brighter, but the brake light function REALLY BLOODY BRIGHT!

I'm glad I did it in the garage, though. One bulb holder came out with no problem at all. The other one, though, put up a hell of a fight. I wouldn't have got it done on the side of the road. I needed pliers to turn it. Yeah, I know, there are pliers in the toolkit. Still, you know what I mean.

Then I had to take it for a test drive (any excuse for a ride!). The temp was -4C with a windchill of -12C. It was up to -2C by the time I got home 60 kms later. Now, though, the heated glove liners don't have any impact on the running voltage. The 10 watts saved do make a difference.

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I installed two LED tail light bulbs to save a few watts. Here they are - https://www.amazon.ca/Extremely-Non-...16HNFYV8C6S5BM . Wow! That's a humdinger of a link! Anyway, those bulbs are WAY brighter than the regular 1157 27/8W bulbs. The tail light function is way brighter, but the brake light function REALLY BLOODY BRIGHT!

I'm glad I did it in the garage, though. One bulb holder came out with no problem at all. The other one, though, put up a hell of a fight. I wouldn't have got it done on the side of the road. I needed pliers to turn it. Yeah, I know, there are pliers in the toolkit. Still, you know what I mean.

Then I had to take it for a test drive (any excuse for a ride!). The temp was -4C with a windchill of -12C. It was up to -2C by the time I got home 60 kms later. Now, though, the heated glove liners don't have any impact on the running voltage. The 10 watts saved do make a difference.

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If you haven't' already I suggest you add LED turn signals.

Bright lights can act as camouflage and with super bright tail and brake lights it may be difficult for a car driver to see you signalling. If you add led turn signals you will need a relay that can handle them and the old trick of putting aluminum tape in the signal light housing works very well.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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If you haven't' already I suggest you add LED turn signals.

Bright lights can act as camouflage and with super bright tail and brake lights it may be difficult for a car driver to see you signalling. If you add led turn signals you will need a relay that can handle them and the old trick of putting aluminum tape in the signal light housing works very well.

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Thanks Tom. Yes, very true. I'll add that to my winter list. I have not had the lenses off the turn signals yet. You mean they don't have proper reflectors from the factory? No mind, I have some proper aluminum duct tape that is made for that job.

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Thanks Tom. Yes, very true. I'll add that to my winter list. I have not had the lenses off the turn signals yet. You mean they don't have proper reflectors from the factory? No mind, I have some proper aluminum duct tape that is made for that job.

Cheers,
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Yeah the aluminum duct tape is what I use as well.

The signal on my Stroms have always just come with the black plastic behind the bulb. Even with normal bulbs the foil can make a big difference but i doubt anything lose to what the LED's offer.

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Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Just lubed the chain and noticed I'm a bit past 50 grand miles.

The LED brake lamps are still working well. At $18/pair they sure aren't cheap compared to stock 1157LL's, but the increased brightness and reduced power consumption sure are nice.
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Just lubed the chain and noticed I'm a bit past 50 grand miles.

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Is that for the chain or the bike (or both)?

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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