How Many Lights are Enough?

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Mr Wazzock » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:01 pm

BinDerSmokDat wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am
Lots of tubs with bumpers have been F'd up worse by transmitting the force of the impact to the bumper mounting area.
The stock tub "bumper" bar is cosmetic only, not attached to the frame, so does not offer any protection. I'm only mentioning this for any noobs that might be reading :D


If F = the optimal number of lights
and X = your current number of lights

then F = X + 1

:D
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by jaybird » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:55 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
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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Do you think the damage to the tub would have been less without the bumper?
I would contend that the bumper probably spread the impact.

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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:27 pm

I've a few parking lot scratches on my front sidecar bumper - so bumpers do actually protect tub from grocery carts.
On Lights: I have gone all LED because the Stop, Tail + Directionals - are ALL easier to see in Daylight. I got "carried away" with the
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Lmo » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:05 pm

Lights on the nose of the sidecar look neat but I've seen so many bikes nose into stuff, parked cars, trees, etc.
Kinda like, "Doc, it only hurts when I laugh." ... . then don't laugh. :wink:
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Pterodactyl » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:20 pm

I run amber LEDs on all of our motorcycles for the primary purpose of being seen. There is strong evidence that doing so works in reducing the incidence of others turning across your lane of travel. Seeing better in the dark is a serendipitous consequence. On all the lights the amber lens can be removed easily and without tools.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by jaybird » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:59 pm

Speedbump wrote:
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:
I built this light bar for my Retro, it uses the lower triple tree pinch bolts as mounting points;
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14B9BB61-7B77-454B-85AC-D2B18CA62DE1.jpeg
50AD60A0-7D70-478A-9C3E-D0693E68D281.jpeg
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I started with the light bar from some model of Harley Davidson, (I’m not sure what model as I bought them from dollar tables at swap meets). I cut off the HD brackets and welded on my own.
For the mounting brackets I I used mount brackets for a spot mirror on a large truck
3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg
Like the one in the photo but mild steel so I could weld the light bar to the brackets.

I used two more of those brackets in stainless steel to mount the turn signals.
It was very inexpensive to make, and I’d be glad to share more information/details if anyone is interested.
Aside from being a bit pricey, I don’t believe the Raceway light bar will fit with my fairing.

Happy trails,
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Speedbump » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:26 am

jaybird wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Speedbump wrote:
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:
I built this light bar for my Retro, it uses the lower triple tree pinch bolts as mounting points;

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg14B9BB61-7B77-454B-85AC-D2B18CA62DE1.jpeg50AD60A0-7D70-478A-9C3E-D0693E68D281.jpeg0B49E2F3-4A50-458D-8826-3775C6F8C62B.jpeg
I started with the light bar from some model of Harley Davidson, (I’m not sure what model as I bought them from dollar tables at swap meets). I cut off the HD brackets and welded on my own.
For the mounting brackets I I used mount brackets for a spot mirror on a large truck

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg

Like the one in the photo but mild steel so I could weld the light bar to the brackets.

I used two more of those brackets in stainless steel to mount the turn signals.
It was very inexpensive to make, and I’d be glad to share more information/details if anyone is interested.
Aside from being a bit pricey, I don’t believe the Raceway light bar will fit with my fairing.

Happy trails,
Jaybird
Thanks for the info Jaybird. Looks like I will have to keep an eye out for a HD mount.
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by jaybird » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:39 pm

Speedbump wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:26 am
jaybird wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Speedbump wrote:
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:
I built this light bar for my Retro, it uses the lower triple tree pinch bolts as mounting points;

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg14B9BB61-7B77-454B-85AC-D2B18CA62DE1.jpeg50AD60A0-7D70-478A-9C3E-D0693E68D281.jpeg0B49E2F3-4A50-458D-8826-3775C6F8C62B.jpeg
I started with the light bar from some model of Harley Davidson, (I’m not sure what model as I bought them from dollar tables at swap meets). I cut off the HD brackets and welded on my own.
For the mounting brackets I I used mount brackets for a spot mirror on a large truck

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg

Like the one in the photo but mild steel so I could weld the light bar to the brackets.

I used two more of those brackets in stainless steel to mount the turn signals.
It was very inexpensive to make, and I’d be glad to share more information/details if anyone is interested.
Aside from being a bit pricey, I don’t believe the Raceway light bar will fit with my fairing.

Happy trails,
Jaybird
Thanks for the info Jaybird. Looks like I will have to keep an eye out for a HD mount.
This is what it looks like with the HD brackets removed. In this photo you can also see the P clamps needed to mount the lights.
A4DF8A8C-B099-4E47-98FE-917976EFF125.jpeg
A0117655-F88A-4E06-89AC-676FE4E7290C.jpeg
If I can find some photos of the light bar with the fairing off, or when I was building it I’ll post them .

The advantage I see to building a light bar using these parts is the adjustability of the light bar and lights, especially if you’re trying to work around a fairing.
While the Raceway light bar is a nicely made, quality item, and somewhat “plug and play”, it’s designed for leading link forks and may not fit with some fairings/lights/telescopic forks.
Anyway, good luck whatever you do.

Happy trails,
Jaybird
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Re: How Many Lights are Enough?

Post by Speedbump » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:06 pm

jaybird wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:39 pm
Speedbump wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:26 am
jaybird wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Speedbump wrote:
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:
I built this light bar for my Retro, it uses the lower triple tree pinch bolts as mounting points;

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg14B9BB61-7B77-454B-85AC-D2B18CA62DE1.jpeg50AD60A0-7D70-478A-9C3E-D0693E68D281.jpeg0B49E2F3-4A50-458D-8826-3775C6F8C62B.jpeg
I started with the light bar from some model of Harley Davidson, (I’m not sure what model as I bought them from dollar tables at swap meets). I cut off the HD brackets and welded on my own.
For the mounting brackets I I used mount brackets for a spot mirror on a large truck

3A4FCCF5-52AC-4D20-B389-AE325DCD7283.jpeg

Like the one in the photo but mild steel so I could weld the light bar to the brackets.

I used two more of those brackets in stainless steel to mount the turn signals.
It was very inexpensive to make, and I’d be glad to share more information/details if anyone is interested.
Aside from being a bit pricey, I don’t believe the Raceway light bar will fit with my fairing.

Happy trails,
Jaybird
Thanks for the info Jaybird. Looks like I will have to keep an eye out for a HD mount.
This is what it looks like with the HD brackets removed. In this photo you can also see the P clamps needed to mount the lights.

A4DF8A8C-B099-4E47-98FE-917976EFF125.jpegA0117655-F88A-4E06-89AC-676FE4E7290C.jpeg
If I can find some photos of the light bar with the fairing off, or when I was building it I’ll post them .

The advantage I see to building a light bar using these parts is the adjustability of the light bar and lights, especially if you’re trying to work around a fairing.
While the Raceway light bar is a nicely made, quality item, and somewhat “plug and play”, it’s designed for leading link forks and may not fit with some fairings/lights/telescopic forks.
Anyway, good luck whatever you do.

Happy trails,
Jaybird
Thanks, I will post pics if/when it happens.
Glenn³
2015 Retro.

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