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Your V looks like a "star-wars" storm-trooper...!

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I think I have finally found the right LED lights for me.




I need to get them tucked in a little tighter.

Man they aren't very bright
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That is a very large pattern, notice how bright it is above the light switches, what are you running for your OEM headlight??
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That is a very large pattern, notice how bright it is above the light switches, what are you running for your OEM headlight??
Yes it's a 'Combo Beam' pattern. I'm using the stock bulbs in the headlights for now and they are not lit in that pic. I plan to upgrade them eventually too. I may try some Philips 'RacingVision' H7 bulbs. I have the H4 bulbs ordered for my 4Runner as that too is getting a lighting makeover for this year's camping season. These LED lights will be used mainly for rural night time riding as they may be a bit much for DRL use but we'll see. I'm looking for a handlebar mount type SPDT rocker switch so I can link the relay to the high beam circuit for quick shut off or run them independent of the OEM lighting.

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Yes it's a 'Combo Beam' pattern. I'm using the stock bulbs in the headlights for now and they are not lit in that pic. I plan to upgrade them eventually too. I may try some Philips 'RacingVision' H7 bulbs. I have the H4 bulbs ordered for my 4Runner as that too is getting a lighting makeover for this year's camping season. These LED lights will be used mainly for rural night time riding as they may be a bit much for DRL use but we'll see. I'm looking for a handlebar mount type SPDT rocker switch so I can link the relay to the high beam circuit for quick shut off or run them independent of the OEM lighting.
Quick question, how do you turn them on now? As you could very easily accomplish this with a $0.70 diode from the headlight high beam positive wire to the relay coil circuit. The cathode ( silver band ) will go to the positive coil circuit of the relay, the anode to your positive high beam light, this is all easily accessible in front. So if you have a single pole switch for the relay, adding the diode allows the OEM high beam switch to enable the relay. I use IN4007 , but any 1 amp rated 100 PIV or greater is fine, the 4007 is rated 1000 Volts @ 1 amp, if you are going this way, I would suggest buying 2 diodes, one is placed in reverse across the coil , this helps to reduce the high voltage produced by the coil circuit collapsing and also speeds up the turning off of the coil ( this is referred as a free wheeling diode https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyback_diode)




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Quick question, how do you turn them on now?
I have a handlebar mounted SPST rocker switch I use to turn them on and off when the accessory circuit has power.
I have a bunch of 1N4004 diodes and I put one across every relay coil I touch.
Will the diode between the high beam and relay coil allow me to turn the LEDs off even when the high beams are on and vice versa?

With a double throw switch (with center OFF position)
Position 1: Energize the relay directly from the accessory power circuit.
Position 2: OFF (no contact)
Position 3: Energize the relay only when the high beams are on.

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Raised windshield above stops. Seems to be less buffeting and I am more comfortable riding with visor open when I want. Win Win except for more dead bugs on inside of windshield.
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Wow, I was just thinking about doing this!
How do you like it?

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For some reason it took me two years to make this simple, free change. I'm happy with the effect and plan to keep it this way.

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Moved it.

I moved the V out of the way to give the KLR some love today.

Since I have had lighting on my mind lately I decided to mount some cheap flood beam light bars I bought to the hand guards.





Back to the Versys tomorrow to relocate it's new LED lights.
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Wow, I was just thinking about doing this!
How do you like it?
Did the same, yes reduced buffeting, but I then had restricted close up road vision, so moved it back. I don't like it when the plastic gets hot on a bright day, distortion occurs so like I said, have it set at maximum vertical, that change raises it about 1.5 to 2.5 inches .

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Cleaning up the bike getting ready to sell it. Put the factory hard cases on this morning to take some pictures and went for a kind of good bye ride.
WOW I forgot how completely different the bike is at speed with them on. Tons of vibes from 65-80mph. Not anything serious, just some vibes in the handlebars. Went away after 85mph.

I think other then the ride home from the dealer Ive only had them on the bike twice before today. Even long weekend trips Ive always got by with a backpack.


Should be picking up the new bike next week. Know I'm going to miss the V, such a fantastic bike. But time for something a bit bigger (super Tenere).
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Replaced the rear spools and cleaned the chain today. Noticed that my OEM wheels were a bit squared off, still rideable but noticeable.
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Replaced the rear spools and cleaned the chain today. Noticed that my OEM wheels were a bit squared off, still rideable but noticeable.
Same tire condition. My son tells me I need to take more curvy roads......

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Did the same, yes reduced buffeting, but I then had restricted close up road vision, so moved it back. I don't like it when the plastic gets hot on a bright day, distortion occurs so like I said, have it set at maximum vertical, that change raises it about 1.5 to 2.5 inches....
When I rode across Canada (BOTH ways, in '17) I did it w/ the OEM windshield at its HIGHEST NORMAL position - that is NOT above the top screw position, and despite several days of pouring rain, it worked GREAT there! [BTW - 5'9", 31" inseam.]



Check this pic - I did NOT clean my helmet until I returned to Kelowna, so this shows 25 days of bug-guts ABOVE my line of vision!



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I installed a new switch for the LED driving lights.


Three position switches. I only needed one but this is what I found. Now I need to add another thing to control I guess.

Position 1: ON if key is on.
Position 2: OFF
Position 3: ON only if high beams are on.



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I installed a new switch for the LED driving lights.


Three position switches. I only needed one but this is what I found. Now I need to add another thing to control I guess.

Position 1: ON if key is on.
Position 2: OFF
Position 3: ON only if high beams are on.
With any post, a bit more detail, I assume the common goes to the led lights ( pin #2 Of my link for SPDT toggle sw. ) , position 1 is your keyed source ( pin #1 of my link SPDT ) , position 3 is from the high beam lights ( pin #3 of my link SPDT ). So your 3 position switch is a maintained



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Your source and $$ would add to this post, along with more detail. As others may wish to go your route.

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With any post, a bit more detail, I assume the common goes to the led lights ( pin #2 Of my link for SPDT toggle sw. ) , position 1 is your keyed source ( pin #1 of my link SPDT ) , position 3 is from the high beam lights ( pin #3 of my link SPDT ). So your 3 position switch is a maintained



Toggle Switch Wiring

Your source and $$ would add to this post, along with more detail. As others may wish to go your route.
Correct, common is connected the relay coil (+), position 1 is connected to OEM accessory circuit, position 3 is spliced into OEM high beam headlight (+) wire.
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Do you think adding the diode, as you mentioned in a previous post, between the high beam circuit and position 3 would still be a good idea in case of some freak switch failure?

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Today I worked on skills. Full lock serpentine and circles.

There are 3 water dept. covers spaced in a triangle half a block from my house. Not much traffic and the neighbors are all a little scared of me.
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