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Neon/ Underglow?

Has anyone else done some extra lighting on their bike? I put a strip of green on each side of my versys and was hoping for some other ideas and or places to put it. I ride a lot at night so i was thinking the more visible the better right? It is a lot brighter at night and projects a little green halo on the road on my sides when its pretty dark.
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Wow! That's so Tron... How about in both radiator side cowlings?
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That is Soooooo illegal in Virginia (at least while underway). Don't see much use to light it up while parked.. Only show bikes around here have them.

I do love the lights on bikes though!
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That is Soooooo illegal in Virginia (at least while underway). Don't see much use to light it up while parked.. Only show bikes around here have them.

I do love the lights on bikes though!
I thought it was just red and blue that were illegal while underway? Of course some rescue squads use green, so that may be their line of thinking...

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I thought it was just red and blue that were illegal while underway? Of course some rescue squads use green, so that may be their line of thinking...
Copied from the VA State Police Website: Look in the FAQ's

Are neon lights legal for use on vehicles in Virginia?
Neon lights are illegal anywhere on or in a motor vehicle in Virginia, unless they are covered and unlit while the vehicle is being operated on a public highway.
NOTE: If the neon lights are mounted under the vehicle, the vehicle is not considered a proper cover. A cover would have to be made specifically for the purpose of covering these lights.
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Copied from the VA State Police Website: Look in the FAQ's

Are neon lights legal for use on vehicles in Virginia?
Neon lights are illegal anywhere on or in a motor vehicle in Virginia, unless they are covered and unlit while the vehicle is being operated on a public highway.
NOTE: If the neon lights are mounted under the vehicle, the vehicle is not considered a proper cover. A cover would have to be made specifically for the purpose of covering these lights.
Seems in Tennessee it depends on the officer you talk to. Lol.

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Seems in Tennessee it depends on the officer you talk to. Lol.
True that. No police officer knows all the laws. All it takes is the one that does to see you and you will get to see their neon lights!

Personally, I don't see the issue except possibly driver distraction while staring at vehilcles lit up like UFO's??
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Hmmm, the Virginia law specifically states neon. Makes you wonder about LEDs. Would an Officer consider some LED driving lights to be illegal or would all LEDs get a pass due to the wording?
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Hmmm, the Virginia law specifically states neon. Makes you wonder about LEDs. Would an Officer consider some LED driving lights to be illegal or would all LEDs get a pass due to the wording?
That was a FAQ section. I did not look up the code itself. I can attest to several people I know trying extra lights and got pulled within a day or two and shut down.
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Sorry. Not a fan, legal or not.
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Radiator cowlings. What a great idea. Out here in Nevada they don't really care what we do to our bikes as long they are not red or blue. I live way out in the desert and we have no street lights on our rural highways and we need to be seen all we can. I have reflective stuff all over and I have still almost been ran off the road. I'm sorry you dont like it but being seen is key here. I have it wired on a toggle switch so its easily turned on and off.
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I'm almost afraid to post this... Here's a pic of my mother-inlaws trike all lit up. The lights also keep the beat to the music playing through her sound system.

Oddly enough, she's never been pulled over. Lol.
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I like! I've thought about doing it to my bike as well... Legal here in ga as long as its not red/blue


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Where'd you get the lighting kit?


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I got the lights themselves from my local autozone. The switch i got from my friends at my local Kawi dealership. The lights are on a strip with some simple 3m adhesive. the kit comes with a fuse and the wires and ran me about 25 bucks including the switch.
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NJ Law applies to Cars and trucks. It specifically does not include motorcycles. I know Blue is bad, but I have blue under lighting. I have ridden behind, next too, and in front of cops with them on. None have complained. In fact one at the local Wawa said "hey cool lights did you do that yourself". I'll post some pics tonight.
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I like em but don't see the need or fun if its only going to be used while parked. If I were somewhere I could ride with them legally, I would be all over it.
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I like em but don't see the need or fun if its only going to be used while parked. If I were somewhere I could ride with them legally, I would be all over it.
You should come to Knoxville then. Apparently (and I'm using my mother-inlaw's trike as reference) if you load it down with enough lights that you look like a rolling disco attraction then you're ok to go! It is fun to see the crowd she attracts when it starts keeping beat to the music.

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