The brake light flasher in my opinion is one of the best safety add ons you can add to your ride. I have had many people tell me during group rides that the brake light flashers wake em up and grab their attention when they are daydreaming. This has been verified by my wife on her bike or following me in her SUV from time to time.
I decided on the Signal Dynamics "Backoff XP" for my install. I purchased mine from valueaccessories.net. https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...er-forums.html
Back Off I have ordered several items over the years from them and have had top notch service each time. Anything from running lights, crash bars, now to the Backoff XP have been shipped from valueaccessories and have arrived timely and in perfect shape.
Make sure you buy the XP version as it supports LED Tail/Brake lights.
This install was done on a 2010 Versys. 2010 Factory Service manual was used to verify wire colors as well as a test meter.
Here are a couple pictures of the retail packaging.
1. Remove seat. Also, during install, make sure bike is off.
2. Locate the wiring coming from the tail/brake light assembly. There are 3 colored wires (on the light harness - Blue, Red, Black/Yellow). All wiring is done on the light end of the harness. I found it easier to unplug the tail light at the connector to make working a little more roomy.
3. Remove about 1 inch of the black cover that covers the Blue, Red, and Black/Yellow wires. Slide the covering that you did not remove back up against the tail light.
4. THE ONLY WIRE YOU WILL CUT DURING THE ENTIRE INSTALL IS THE BLUE WIRE.
5. Come back from connector about 1.25 inches and cut the BLUE
wire. (At this point I could not help but think of the movies and disarming a bomb...Cut the BLUE
6. Strip back about 1/8" of each side of the blue wire.
7. I soldered my connections for best long term reliability. Use crimp splices or whatever method you choose to make these connections.
8. Choose either mode (from the XP install instructions)
Mode One - 4 Short Flashes, 1 Long Flash & Repeat
Mode Two - 5 Fast Flashes then Steady, NO REPEAT
*** IMHO Mode One Flashes Too Slow ***
9. I chose Mode Two because it flashes much quicker and I am already used to watching the rearview for inbound traffic and I release the brake and reapply as needed. This also keeps me paying attention to whats closing in behind me while I am stopped.
10. 1st Connection - Blue wire coming from connector connects to Solid Red wire from XP.
11. 2nd Connection - Blue wire coming from tail light connects to Red Wire with White Stripe from XP.
12. 3rd Connection - Black wire from XP to Ground. I chose to remove a bolt from the bracket (same metal bracket where the big frame ground is tied) use a dremel tool to remove paint and get a bare metal ground. Used a 1/4" ring terminal & crimped and soldered. Use multimeter to confirm a really good ground at this time.
13. Yellow & White w/ Red Stripe from XP not used and I sleeved and capped them and tied them out of the way.
14. Use rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol to clean bottom of XP and bottom surface where you are going to mount the XP. Pick one side or the other as there is a bend in the middle of the pan running fore and aft. Dry alcohol with paper towel and peel & stick XP to pan as shown. Double Sided Tape supplied with XP.
15. I used a zip tie and the factory clamp to neatly route and secure all the wiring for this job. If you use a zip tie, don't tighten it so tight that over time, it will cut into the wires. Snug is good.
The First Picture clearly shows where the BLUE
wire was cut and connected to the solid red wire from XP. The Red with White Stripe is connected to the other end of the BLUE
wire "Mode Two" (not clearly shown).
The Second Picture shows better the connecting of the frame ground (Black Wire from XP). Dont forget to remove the paint under the screw.
Thats it! Your Done!
If you want to use Mode One (4 flashes, 1 long, repeat as long as brake is held), substitute the White Wire with Red Stripe at step 11.
This job took about 20-30 minutes. I'd say a 2 beer job.
I also attached the factory installation instructions to this message in .pdf format. The only wire cut (as shown with scissors in factory XP instructions) is the BLUE
Good Luck & Ride Safe!