I was going to install some extra led lights on my Givi bags and the rear of the bike to increase my visibility.
Visibility is a huge need down here where i am in NC. Especially since I ride into work at 5 am.
My plan was to tap into the license plate light to power the 2 or 4 led strip lights on the rear of the bike.
I plan on using shrink tubing and silicone grease to waterproof the connections as well as a black rubber to secure any running wires.
As for the givi bags i wanted to turn the red reflectors into real constant on, brake lights and turn signals using sets of 2-3 led light strips stacked vertically.
i also am planning on making the connection between the bike and bags able to disconnect wita weatherproof caps so i can disconnect and stow the leads if i take the hard cases off. I am planning on tapping into the turn signal and brake lights to power all of the leds.
If anyone has any suggestions ideas or warnings please feel free to drop on your experiance.
Here are a couple of things that will make your life easier.
Rather than tracking down wires and tapping in, I'd suggest using Eastern Beaver's brake/tail/signal adapter
. This will let you tap in to the factory connector which is back in the tail section of the motorcycle without having to cut anything, and it will give you access to the tail light, brake light, turn signals, and ground. You just unplug the factory connector and plug in the adapter.
He (Jim Davis, Mr. Eastern Beaver) also sells various connectors
to keep your install tidy. Some are waterproof, but I didn't see any with weather caps for when they're not in use, but see below...
Also – You mentioned that you have Givi bags. Admore Lighting
has various LED lighting kits custom-made to fit certain Givi bags. If you know what model Givi bags you have, you can see if they make a set for yours. They provide always-on running lights, brake light, and turn signals, (depending on the model) AND they come with their own weatherproof connectors for when you remove your bags.
Oh, and if you haven't already heard, most folks do NOT recommend using the frame as a ground. Better to run wires to a known ground (not really an issue if you're using the Eastern Beaver adapter; it will provide you with a ground wire).
Good luck and happy wiring!