How Many Lights are Enough?

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by sKiZo » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:00 pm

Best lights I ever had were an old pair of SEV Marchals ... not super bright, but the light pattern was perfect.

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by windmill » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:45 pm

Lofty wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:34 pm
And since you're already in for several grand on your M70, why not keep going? :D
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am

10 years in and lots of thinking about adding lights but still running all stock lights all around, no spotlight and no new additions.
Yeah, the headlight should be upgraded for night driving, but I like a challenge. :P

Lights on the nose of the sidecar look neat but I've seen so many bikes nose into stuff, parked cars, trees, etc.
I'm not a fan of stuff mounted to the nose.
Lots of tubs with bumpers have been F'd up worse by transmitting the force of the impact to the bumper mounting area.

ReCycled mounted a tractor light to the step and its lived there a long while without taking a hit.
And he off-roads more than most and always sees to find the trails that narrow down until you wonder if it's even a trail.
If I ever add a light after 10 years, that's where I'm sticking it.
The stock spot light location on top of the nose is useful as it can be a driving light as well as pointed where it is needed for other uses.

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by chaos2 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:29 am

BinDerSmokDat wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am

Yeah, the headlight should be upgraded for night driving, but I like a challenge. :P

That attitude explains lots about owning a Ural....

Yeah, I should have bought a Honda, or
Yeah, I should have driven the car, or
Yeah, it's 12F and I really don't have to ride anywhere... :lol: :boogie: :clap:
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Wildhorse Cafe » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:15 pm

BinDerSmokDat wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am
Lights on the nose of the sidecar look neat but I've seen so many bikes nose into stuff, parked cars, trees, etc.
I'm not a fan of stuff mounted to the nose.
Lots of tubs with bumpers have been F'd up worse by transmitting the force of the impact to the bumper mounting area.
Since my Buffalo experience I do a lot less driving at night on rural roads. And when I do, I am very paranoid about the number of deer and wild hogs in my area. Hens my preoccupation with candle power.

When I rebuild the front end of my hack, I stumbled upon a way of knocking out the dents in nose of tub. I set it on its nose with a carpet pad and take the handle end of a sledge hammer and beat out the nose dents from the inside. A little Bondo and wallah! Good as new.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by BinDerSmokDat » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:31 pm

Wildhorse Cafe wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:15 pm
...wallah! Good as new.
Voila! Here is a pic of why I don't use a bumper... :lol:
In addition to nose damage, I'd have broken lights.

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by sKiZo » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:14 pm

Be prepared, and always carry a big a$$ chain saw just in case, right? <G>

So, where do we all stand on headlight modulators? Where they're legal anyway. Been using one on all my bikes for years now. Hard to beat if you're looking to grab somebody's attention.

One thing I did find out though. The modulators are made to pulse the high beam while leaving the low beam on. Doesn't work that way with an LED headlight though - the high beam pulses, but the low beam doesn't stay on, making for more of strobe effect. Add to that the bluish hue, and things get interesting. I had a lot of folk thinking I was a cop and pulling over to let me by, only to see me waving as I went by. Needless to say, I added a lot of fingers to my collection until I disabled it.

Another fun modulator story - was coming back from the lakeshore and got pulled over by a county sheriff who was looking to write me up for a defective light. Just so happens he hadn't heard of the new law making the modulator legal. Also just so happened I figured that might happen and had a copy of the ordinance in my wallet. I'd made a stop for some chicken along the way, so we ended up sitting on a guardrail munching away and chatting about this and that till he got a call. I did ask him to pass the word around when he got back to the station and never a problem again.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Trooper » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:17 pm

just added......
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Happytrails » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:20 pm

Lmo wrote:
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1 - Bosch 7" 80-100W H4, 2 - Hella 5-3/4" 55W H3

Needs more...
Love that camo

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So you guys support adding the Ural search light? 8)

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by sKiZo » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:27 pm

You mean like this? ;-}

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That LED headlight could probably burn holes in a 2x4 at 100 yards, eh.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by windmill » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:34 pm

After fooling with many different auxillary lights, I found that the old style Ural spotlight with a standard 5 3/4 headlight wired to function as a normal 2 beam headlight works better than anything else. It makes a big difference in seeing and being seen, yet in no way interferes with the safety of others.

I would still like to find someone safe, affordable fog lights, as we do have some pretty thick fog during certain times of the year.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Happytrails » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:51 pm

BinDerSmokDat wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:31 pm
Wildhorse Cafe wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:15 pm
...wallah! Good as new.
Voila! Here is a pic of why I don't use a bumper... :lol:
In addition to nose damage, I'd have broken lights.

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Great gnarly Ural photo, chainsaw puts it over the top :)
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by jaybird » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:30 am

BinDerSmokDat wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:31 pm
Wildhorse Cafe wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:15 pm
...wallah! Good as new.
Voila! Here is a pic of why I don't use a bumper... :lol:
In addition to nose damage, I'd have broken lights.

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I get your point there Rich, and I don’t have any lights mounted in that position, but I swear by that tub bumper. I’ve had it save the front of my tub many times but more importantly I had it save me from an endo with my wife in the tub.
The 2or3 inches extra that bumper sticks out made the difference between a visit to the hospital or worse and driving on and looking like a hero to my wife (I still feel like I was being a little too careless or over confident) but hey, it’s a good story, pulling a fast U’ey in the middle of a bridge on Cape Cod With traffic coming at us in both directions, and I stand the rig on its nose.
Fortunately we both instinctively leaned back and the sidecar bumper stopped us from going over past the point of no return.
The rig dropped back down onto the back wheel like I had meant to do that, and we sped off for happy hour.
I wouldn’t have one of these sidecar rigs without that front bumper.

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Tomcatfixer » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:58 am

My tub bumper made a lasting impression on the hack's nose when the two were introduced by a tree at a JDH. :wink:

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Speedbump » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:09 am

Trooper wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:17 pm
just added......
I too would like to add this light bar, but my Retro does not have the tapped holes for it. Might have to break down and do some drilling. :roll:
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