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post #1 of 5 Old 09-15-2014, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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What does this mean...in layman's terms?

Lots to learn about electrical; just learned what a relay actually performs and why.

But as I think of brightening my brake light and seeking options for extra awareness lighting on the back, I see this product title:

Rear Brake Light Switch Connector Relay Switching Adapter
On EB site.

What does it all mean?

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You probably want the brake/tail/signal adapter at VStrom

See its addendum. Extras

The Rear Brake Light Switch Connector Relay Switching Adapter is used to supply switched power to a relay that activates a fuse block or distribution block switched on and off by the ignition switch. It supplies the blue wire function in the following diagram.


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It is an electrical harness that plugs into the factory rear brake light harness connector. Eliminates splicing.

What is it for?

It provides a power source that is only "ON" when the brake light is activated. This power triggers a relay. Since triggering a relay doesn't take much power, it is much better to trigger the relay to power another accessory than to plug that accessory into the brake light wiring. You could overpower that circuit. This relay can now safely power all kinds of accessory options. Such as a few extra brake lights on the rear of the bike that come on when your brake light comes on. Or it might trigger an electronic cruise control unit to turn off when the brakes are applied.

These aftermarket electrical harness/relay/connectors might not seem cheap. But, if you figure your time into making one, or compare the quality they are really a good value.

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Thank you for the helpful explanations gentlemen.

So, to create a flashing Led brake light (superbright led 1157 I believe), I also purchase the Brake Hold version on Adventuretech (works w Leds) and version 2 Vstrom adapters from greywolf's link above.

Im after a very noticable flash and like the slow speed function on the BrakeHold.

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If you are looking for more visability from the back, i.e. brake lights check these out. I've been using them for the last 20 years. Many, many people have told me there was no way they could miss these lights when they light up. They require minimal current to operate because they are LEDs.

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

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