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post #1 of 1101 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yellow Beam of Light

Hi V Bikers,

DIY a yellow spot light below the headlights.
Cost US$ 5 for the spot light (55W).
Got my wireman to do the wiring. Fixed a relay to avoid frying anything. Cost US$ 10. (I suck with electric wiring).
Fixed it with the low beam light. Work well at night giving more light and a distinct white over yellow beam. Works well in the rain, too.
Working on a case for the spot light.







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Aesthetically speaking that light/horn tacked onto the front of your V looks horrendous. But, the safety they both almost outweighs their sheer ugliness.
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Hi Schleppy,

Appreciate your honest assessment.
I put them because I know myself. You're right, Safety is paramount.

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I agree that the front end tack-ons look terrible, but the grey re-sprayed side cover looks really good. Did you do the tank as well?

1) It looks like the yellow lamp's housing may impinge upon the light pattern for the high beam? Did you check that?

2) I might have considered trying to find a pair of amber driving lamps instead the centrally mounted one.
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Hi Friendlyfocus,

The V OEM colour was plasma blue. Sprayed my cowlings grey after a crash.

1. The high beam looks good, no problems for needed additional lighting.
2. I like this look having only one square amber light. I might bent the light
frame to a 60 degree angle to give it a nicer look.

It's work in progress but Thanks for the feedback.
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I think if you mounted 2 of those one on each side of the forks where the reflectors are you might just have something

If I new what I was doing, I wouldn't still be working
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ST,

I like the look, kind of a hooligan meets Mad Max mix!
What is the wattage of your yellow light?

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Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.
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Hi Bicyclebob,

to you and the Gang for your inputs/feedbacks.
Had bend the frame yellow frame down and it looks much nicer.
Trying to make a housing cover for it to look smart.

The yellow/amber light is 55W.
Took a ride in the dark last night and Loving it.
What I like most is it's distinctive light for vehicles to notice before I overtake. Maybe I'll post pictures of it during night riding.

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Had bend the yellow spot light frame lower as much as it will go.
Realised that cars are moving away from my path earlier than usual, maybe they can see the yellow light better, I guess.

Anyway, with Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy playing in my ears and more good music on the way, I am off for a short ride......

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I hope you have measured the charging rate being sent to the battery while all of the lights are on.
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I have a hyper yellow bulb in my low beam. I do this on all my bikes with dual headlights. It gets way more attention that a regular bulb. This combined with my high beam flashing with a modulator really gets peoples attention. I only use the modulator in heavy intersections traffic but it has saved my butt a few times.

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http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-pla...light-kit.html
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LOL reminds me of those fog lights you see on honda civic's that are owned by the fast and the furious LMAO
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Voltage at 4000 rpm about 14.4V.
Should have enough juice for all but have a small digital voltmeter which will fix up soon.

Thanks for the thought,WCF1250.
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Had now fixed a cheap voltmeter and a switch to switch on/off the yellow/amber light.
Intend to switch off the spot light for startup and switch it back on when cruising on the freeway.
IMHO, it's good to have an onboard voltmeter to continuously monitor the battery's health. Better still those with the integrated gear indicator display.
http://londonbikers.com/news/3157/ac...ator-voltmeter



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Tail light Flasher

Hi,

Installed a tail light flasher yesterday.
Flasher and fixing about US$ 8.
It is meant for car use.There are smaller flasher box units but this works fine on the V.

Instead of burning red continuously when braking, it now flashes to better attract the attention of those behind.



Take care, Ride Safe.

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Had fixed plastic screws to replace those missing/flew off plastic rivets.

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Siver Cat eyes

Replaced the yellow cat eyes and rear red reflector with silver ones.
Cost about US$ 1 for 3. Meant for bicycle use.
Also replacing my 30L Hepco and Becker hardbags with 40L ones.





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Hi There,

I'll decided to stick to 3 colours of plasma blue, silver and black.
Had spray my stebel (red) to black and it matches the other parts.
Had replaced my DIY radiator grill with a larger grill to cover the whole radiator.





Future plans:

1. 40L Hepco and Becker juniors hard bags. The 30L ones did not have enough space. Would have to be more careful now in lane spliting.
2. Rear hugger which I would like to spray plasma blue to match the petrol tank.
3. Clear turn indicator lenses which suits the bike nicer.


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Hi,

Had sold my HB 30L to a fellow V biker callsign Joebuck (Joe).
When onshore working (Joe works in the oil and gas on/offshore), he commutes about 360 km from home to work daily.
His V now has passed 40,000 km.

He rode over about 500 km with his wife to install the HB frame and fix on the hardbags at my place. After this, he rode back home as working tomorrow. Here's his ride to share.







My humble of Joe's trusted V:
1. DIY chain luber which is a manual spuirt oil can which serves him superbly. The oil nipple spuirts at the rear sprocket as like the scottoiler.
2. DIY engine guard plus footrest
3. DIY topcase frame which could be used with HB hardbags.

Joe.
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Upgraded my V 2008 to 2009 look (turn signal blinkers swap).
My pit crew chief (She says Hi, too) just pump my rear tyre up to 35 psi.





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