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post #1 of 15 Old 09-24-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Lights - improve daylight visibility?

I have a 2011 DL 650. Currently have a Givi E50 Top Box running an Admore LED50-T light kit. Visibility in the dark is great, but in bright sunlight, I don't think the drivers behind me can easily make out when the brake lights come on.

Any thoughts on increasing visibility? Will a modulator help? Or should I go with some super-bright LED strips? Any suggestions. Also, I leave my sidecases (suzuki factory) on all the time so have a lot of real estate to play with.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-24-2012, 07:24 PM
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I put an ancient Cyber light tail light I've had since the 70's on the bike. I moved it from bike to bike. Still works well.
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The Skene lights are impossible to ignore with their conspicuity flicker.

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I just installed a Back-Off XP with a Eastern Beaver brake light harness. The Back-Off XP allows you to select between two flash/brake light patterns, and it works with LED lighting and incadecent bulbs.

The install is a breeze on a Glee, but should be pretty easy on a Wee also. The harness is optional, but without it you would have to tap into your factory wiring harness. I did not want to do that, but the harness also adds a connection point which could be a failure point.

I am planning to add aux tail lights or a top case soon.


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You might want to try a set of Hyperlites, they work great.
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You might want to try a set of Hyperlites, they work great.
They also have a fairly high failure rate. That said, I've never had trouble getting them replaced at no charge.

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You might want to try a set of Hyperlites, they work great.
I'm told the Hyperlites on my Wee are quite noticeable in daylight. I don't know if that will help with a texting SUV driver though.

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Bear in mind that the overwhelming majority of threats come from the front, not the rear. Be vigilant, but don't obsess about rear enders; they're not your biggest problem, by a long shot. Spend your money up front first, on forward conspicuity. That said:

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[Hyperlites] have a fairly high failure rate. That said, I've never had trouble getting them replaced at no charge.
+1. I have a set of Hyperlites that I've moved from bike-to-bike, and they've been very reliable, save for one flasher failure. The flasher was replaced at no charge, well out of warranty.

You don't need to cut the bike's wiring. There are two wire nuts connecting the stock rear lights in the tail section; you can add a wire to them to drive an auxiliary brake light with no permanent modification.

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Hyperlites. Get the U32 kit with 16 LEDs per side. They work great.

3496 halogen dual filament bulbs replace the standard 1157 bulbs in the tail light and are somewhat brighter, cost about $10 each at autoparts stores (perhaps special order), and are long lived. Recommended, but these aren't as good as Hyperlites. 3497 clear turn signal bulbs are also recommended for brighter signals.

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You don't need to cut the bike's wiring. There are two wire nuts connecting the stock rear lights in the tail section; you can add a wire to them to drive an auxiliary brake light with no permanent modification.
The Eastern Beaver harness is pretty sweet though. It breaks out ALL of the tail section lights easily and neatly.

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