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post #1 of 6 Old 06-15-2009, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Lighting the way........

This is my 3rd Wee....

had an 05' - clocked to just under 30K
had an 06' - clocked to just over 30K

The new ones an 08'

Ive been thru a more than a few different farkles along the way... many of which i make or borrow idea's from to make....

Always a fan of Aux lighting (it REALLY helps the cagers see you in daylight... (fingers crossed)).... Had the light bar and BIG lights upfront...

Wanted something different on this one.... so I looked around and got a few ideas.... this is my third attempt and I think its "done"....

They are similar in design to an aftermarket manufacturer (ill bet most of you can guess who???)... but I made a few changes to call them my own..

Each part of the light bracket was fabricated by hand with a few trials and errors along the way... the lights themselves are Hella DE Micros..(installed 35w bulbs to lower the drain on charging system)

Anyway enough with the words already...




Thats it... Love'em or Hate'em....

Next project....
Install a solar panel in top of rack bag that can charge things while riding (i.e. batteries for headset, phones, etc..). But thats gonna wait.. lots of riding to ahead.


-Whats with this "Ride to Work Day" thing anyway ???? I ride to work almost everyday.... its the only way I can get myself to go...
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-Whats with this "Ride to Work Day" thing anyway ???? I ride to work almost everyday.... its the only way I can get myself to go...
Amen to that one! It's supposed to rain the rest of the week in this corner of Michigan, but the way I see it: the bike won't melt and neither will I. My goal is to use the cage for the daily commute no more than 10 days between now and October

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This is my 72nd day behind "bars". I drove a vehicle once during this time.

What happened to the other bikes? I'm just about to turn 50,000 miles, what happened at 30,000 for you?

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Nice! So how exactly did you fab the brackets, and do you have closeups of them? Are the lights close enough in to be protected by the crashbars?

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This is my 72nd day behind "bars". I drove a vehicle once during this time.

What happened to the other bikes? I'm just about to turn 50,000 miles, what happened at 30,000 for you?

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Sold first one (Red) at about 30K cuz I stumbled accross a deal on a much younger (2K) Blue bike... Sold the Blue bike w/30K cuz I wanted a Yeller one.... just coincidence I guess....
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Nice! So how exactly did you fab the brackets, and do you have closeups of them? Are the lights close enough in to be protected by the crashbars?
Thanks. I have access to a machine shop where I work... I sneak in during lunch break and mess around with bending & cutting stuff til I get it right.... took a few try's and about 6 weeks (with other stuff going on) to get it right... other than time... biggest cost was lights @ $99.. and I got a deal on them.

Im real happy with the way they came out. If I had to do it again, I think id take them to a shop and get a price on having them made (now that I got the prototypes)...

no way to be 100% sure without laying her down... but laying a board accross the crashbars up towards the lights they just clear... so ill keep my fingers crossed.... usually end up dropping her once or twice on a sandy 2-track...
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