I liked the extra light on the road provided by the driving lights I had on my last strom, but to be effective without blinding oncoming traffic, driving lights need to be mounted as high as possible. On the strom this is close to the headlights, which doesn't help conspicuity much since the bike's lighting profile is still just a (larger) apparent single blob of light.
Since I got the new wee last fall, I've been planning to add some running lights for visibility. Ideally that means the lights should be down low for the "triangle of light" effect, and yellow or amber since those colors are more noticeable in traffic than standard halogen or HID bulbs.
Fog lights can be down low, but I haven't been able to find any yellow bulbs that aren't 55W or more. I know you can get MR16 or MR11 lights with yellow 20W bulbs, but I figured if I was going to have lights that didn't put much illumination on the road, I wanted them to use as little power as possible, so LED is the obvious choice.
I wanted something brighter and with a larger face than the available standard-base LED bulbs. I figured I would use the Whelen LIN3 or TIR3 lightheads as several others have, until I found the Nova SLMINI
. It's cheaper than either of the Whelens, entirely sealed and self-contained, and only 1/3" thick. They're bright as f&ck but only draw 0.5 amp each.
I made brackets from 3/4" x 1/8" aluminum bar stock, and painted them and the back of the lightheads black to blend in better with the forks and fender.
I got some longer bolts to replace the fender bolts and mounted the brackets there. (Now I wish I had rounded the corners of the bracket for a more finished look.)
I bundled the wires with the speedo and ABS sensor wires on the fork, then they run back to the fuse block under the seat. I wanted to use posi-locks but didn't have any of the waterproof kind, so I wrapped the whole connection in shrink tubing.
The finished product:
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW DAMMIT?!?