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I have a 2015 Versys 650 ABS
I am looking to add dual horns(I want freeway loud) and am wondering if I can do this without changing any wiring?
(Will 2 horns draw too much power on existing wiring?)
Has anyone done this mod and if so what parts would I need please? (With or without wiring mods)
Here are the ones I was thinking of using:
Also I watched a youtube and this fellow installed H7 LED headlight bulbs.
Again I have the same question as above: Has anyone done this mod, and do I need to change any wiring?
Again here is a set of light bulbs I was looking at:
Thank you very much all!
I was in the same dilemma as you with every single bike that I purchased. The horn used to be too tinny for use on highways.
With the 2019 Versys, the stock head lights AND the horn are just too weak. This is my solution.
First the horn
I don't know about Canada but here in India, it is illegal to fit, on private, non-commercial vehicles, the kind of horn powered by a fan as shown here. Only trucks and locomotive engines may have it:
So, the legal way out is to fit an electric diaphragm based horn set that has trumpets to amplify and channelise the sound. This particular set or its FIAM equivalent will available in Canada.
I have fitted the Bosch on my 2019 model and it works beautifully. Just the right amount of volume and timbre to convey the polite but insistent "I am riding much faster than you so please let me through" sentiment. Plus the cops are happy. I have added a toggle switch to select between the stock small horn and the Bosch wind tone set so that in the city, people don't get irritated with the Bosch blast.
On the relay, the stock horn power pins go into 86 and 85 and the others are as per the diagram.
If you want a toggle between the stock and new horn, I'll post my diagram later. Else, this will work to activate the new horn from the stock horn switch.
Next, headlamp and city lamp LED lights
I watched lots of videos and the one that made sense was where the chap pointed out that the location of the LED element on the LED bulb should replicate the placement of the filament in the stock halogen bulb as far as possible.
I then hunted a lot... offline as well as online and got this set of H7 bulbs. They come with an adaptor which seats in the reflector body. One then inserts the bulb into the adaptor and rotates it clockwise to lock it. The retaining spring needs to be adjusted a bit with needle nose pliers and then, it grips the cooling fins very well. The rubber cup needs to be cut out to make way for the cooling fan's outlet of hot air..VERY IMPORTANT
The LED elements plane when seated into the base must be parallel to the ground, that is, firing towards the left and right side of the reflector and NOT up and down. Else, the result will be just a hazy patch of light.
The result was an increase in range and brightness by at least 3 times if not more. It is impossible to depict the benefit or to compare between the stock halogen and the retroftted LED bulbs in a photo or a video; one has to experience it on ground and in the dark to realise just how really useless the stock headlamp bulbs are.
While I was at it (removing the fairings is a major PITA), I replaced the stock halogen city light bulbs with Osram direct fit LEDs.
These were the main headlight bulbs:
And the city light one:
Lastly, the aux LED lights
Gold Runway, a Chinese brand makes excellent 40 and 50 watt LED lights. But in India, the price of both was just too high for me - while the 40 was available via Amazon, the 50 had to imported thru Aliaexpress with a hefty 25.8% import duty.
I wanted spot beams - the new LEDs in the headlamp cluster give a good spread beam so spots were needed for longer reach.
So, I shamelessly settled on a copy like this:
You should get equivalent stuff in Canada. But if you can afford it, get the Gold Runway set without a second thought. Specially the 50 watt version.
In my case, I will need to grind out a small portion of the mounting plate to enable a greater angle of depression so as to not blind oncoming traffic.
I installed a Mad Dog harness and Mad Dog switch to control the lights. The harness runs thru the ignition circuit so there is no direct connection. Also, a relay is included in the harness so the main fuzes are protected.
The switch is mounted on the RHS RVM stalk and is easy to activate with a sideways thumb push.
saltspring, trust me when I say that when you are done with this, you can ride at 120 kmph on the highway without the slightest worry at all.