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post #1 of 11 Old 08-02-2006, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Handlebar-mounted, swivelling lights?

Hi Guys

Ever faced the problem of going down a wide pitch-black trail at night, and you come to an obstacle in the middle, say a puddle of dubious depth, or a fallen tree.

SO I need to see if thereís a way around the obstacle on the left or right.
But it is pitch dark outside the beam from the bikeís front light.

Now the problem I faced is that turning the handlebars does not throw the beam from my front light to either side of the obstacle for me to see if thereís a way around it, since the front light is mounted to the fairing and not the fork (like on naked bikes), and it is not easy to move my now stationary bike about to point the front light to either side of the obstacle.

So I am thinking some spotlight mounted on a swivel base on the handlebars which can be switched on in times like these, and pointed to the left and right of the obstacle to examine the options, might be a good thing.

I have searched the forum but havenít found anything like this (only found fixed position driving lights)

Any one seen something suitable I can use?

I presently have a helmet mounted lamp for these situations, but it always seems to be in the side box when I need it

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-02-2006, 08:15 AM
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Some people mount lights down on the fork, where the reflectors are now.

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SureFire flashlight Stick it in your pocket or Velcro it somewhere convenient. They are small but put out light like you wouldn't believe.

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That is exactly what I did with a small set of 35 watt lights picked up at a store like Wal-Mart 8)

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there's a thread on driving lights, quite a bit of info/ideas on fork mounted lights. I myself have the amotostuff.com piaa 510 kit, and it throws quite a wide beam of light, but not moveable with the fork assembly.

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That is exactly what I did with a small set of 35 watt lights picked up at a store like Wal-Mart 8)

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Some people mount lights down on the fork, where the reflectors are now.
Hey NW, this is my 2nd question for you today Do you have pics of the 35 watters out on your site, if so, I'd like to check them out. Thanks in advance!

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-04-2006, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all

Thanks for your replies and suggestions.

I will look putting on some driving lights and also check out the surefires.

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My driving lites are mounted using the screws that hold the fender in place. So far so good.

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A better option than driving lights might be wide-angle fog lights. They throw a light pattern of 90 degrees or more, and some people cant them outwards for even more sideways illumination.

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JJ, that also would make you more visible to cages coming at an angle.

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