Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Palm Beach County, Fla.
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I have Clearwater lights mounted to the forks, about 5 inches above the front axles. Yes, they stick out, but not much. I also have axle sliders on the front. When I dropped the bike (2009 V, Gen 2) in the driveway a few weeks ago, the light was undamaged even though the slider was scratched. (It was a stationary drop and maybe there would have been damage to the light had the bike been moving; I don't know.)
This is my long way of saying that you might consider visiting the Clearwater Lights site to see if their fork mounting bracket would work with your lights. The brackets look nice and are fashioned from bendable aluminum.
Come to think of it, I slammed that same light against the bumper of the family minivan once, when I was wheeling my bike into the garage. The impact bent the bracket, which I bent back straight. The light was unscathed. This was before I installed the axle sliders.
Clearwater might give you other mounting ideas. A lot of people prefer to install lights below the headlights instead of on the forks.
Last edited by Holden; 05-10-2015 at 05:55 PM.