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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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How yall are V-Nation from down here in Bayou Country. I just finished the install of my fork lights from Martin Fabrication. They look great and like the package says...they light the way. I searched for this style of lights and found plenty, but no one touched their price for a complete kit. The Versys uses their 'Standard Kit' and ran me $145. The kit uses 35 watt Halogens and plenty bright for my liking. I've had no problems so far and with fog season on the way more light was a must, not to mention the greater visibility factor for those that choose to not see us on the roads. The site for the lights is martinfabrication.com , I heard about them on this forum a few months ago. Later Yall
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 01:08 PM
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Those are the best I've seen and at a good price, too. Sure beats the $400 dollars MotoLights wants for a set. I like the mounting bracket too - real clean.
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Those look awesome. How do fork mounted lights do when you turn? Do the light beams point up or down? Do they work as well as the fairing mounted lights? I would think you would get better light on the road when the lights are mounted low.
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The first thing I noticed is the amount of light directly in front of the bike...there's not a dark area before the headlamp hits the road. It's pretty cool at low speeds (very low) where you actually move the bars to turn that the light goes wherever you point the bars. Another plus was that the light floods the front of the wheel and your bike is very visible from the side. I had my son run it up and down the street a few times and it looks super sweet! The main mental note you have to learn to make is to turn them off at long lights and heavy stop and go traffic. As far as the beam angle changing in a turn I have'nt noticed. Just lots of light! They can also be adjusted to be angled slightly out so you can aim toward the shoulder or centerline more. Hope this helps, Talk at ya Later!
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Do they get that hot without air moving across them?


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I checked them when I was aiming them in the driveway and they get pretty hot. They don't get hot enough to where things are going to start melting but they are hot. Martin Fab has a complete section on their site about heat and it's effects. The lower the ambient temp the less this would be an issue. I look at it like this...the increased visibility I've gained from installing these way out weighs having to turn them off in heavy traffic. Personally I don't think it's an issue if the air temp would be below 60 degrees. Hope that wasn't too long of an answer, some of the comments I read on hear leave much for the imagination.
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None that I notice.
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The main mental note you have to learn to make is to turn them off at long lights and heavy stop and go traffic.
Is this because of heat or because of battery drain at low revs? I was thinking the V made plenty of juice even at lower revs, so I'm guessing it's the heat thing, but if it's not enough to melt stuff, why turn them off?

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The V does make plenty juice to push them. They said that excessive heat may cause pitting or discoloration where the bulb enters the reflector. The light output would not change, it would just cause that area to become brittle over time. This is all info I'm quoting out of the manual. If you want to get it straight from the horses mouth give Bryan Martin a call at 425-359-0472. He was very informative about their product testing and why they suggest what they do. Hope this helps
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why did you put these light on the bike is it to see more or to be seen the dutch roads are well light so don't see the use for the extra light but if it's to be seen i found a nice set of led's the are in different shapes and colors
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Mainly to be seen better but also have something that would help cut through the fog. So far my expectations have been met. I notice a big difference in my visibility to other people. I've cut down the amount of people pulling out in front of me big time. That's a good thing but getting complascent about it will get you busted up or dead!
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Where did you mount the switch that controls the new fork lights?
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Sorry for the late responce, works been crazy. I mounted it on the left side bar just before the clutch lever clamp. I used a tyrap, switch faces out. It has a blue 'power on' LED thats very bright.
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why did you put these light on the bike is it to see more or to be seen the dutch roads are well light so don't see the use for the extra light but if it's to be seen i found a nice set of led's the are in different shapes and colors
Hey arjan - where did you find those LED lights??

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harrisonspecialties.com there in the u.s. so easier to get for all you over seas
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I bought the Martin Fabrication lights after seeing this post and installed them this weekend. Took me a good four hours or more to do the whole job. Even with my power panel which makes the connections easy - there was still a lot of work rounting the wires, lengthening the wires (not enough for the position I wanted to put the relay) and running cable covers. I tested them out today and have to same I'm very happy. Thank you - BayouVersys for writing about this.





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Nice looking install Ocean; chrome on that blue looks tite!
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Thanks!

I figure I've got so much silver details on the blue versys the chrome/silver lights would look good on it. Thanks for the inspiration - I'm really happy with these lights. My bike is so much more visibile now.
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I've been debating whether or not to add some driving lights for a while now. Still not sure, but I found these and thought I'd share.


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