Although I have a V1K, the 650 side is the most active, so I will ask this here...
Anyone know of any "exact fit" FLUSH MOUNT LED turn signal options that are not the useless, dim Chinese lights?
Even with frame sliders, it looks like the turn signals will take a hit on any drop or slide, and from others experiences, this will break the EXPENSIVE fairing rather than the signal stalk break or bend. So it would be nice to put on some QUALITY, BRIGHT LED turn signals that are flush mount, or close to it, so that the fairing is no longer a sure-thing damage item.
The ones I have seen on eBay are mostly ridiculously dim TOYS (I bought a set for my V-Strom and it was useless) and their "no modification needed" claims are BS, as they will not fit in the Kawasaki turn signal cup in the fairing, just as they did not fit in the Suzuki fairing cup.
Anyone do this mod?
First I speak from experience, the black plastic piece where the signal is mounted in, is listed at $180 Canadian, my dealer gave me a discount, as he does with everything else I buy from him. First go out and try flexing the signal, the plastic flexes about the same amount as the signal stalk. Take your plastic off and remove the metal keeper inside the stalk, trust me if it poped out, you would need two good hands, the plastic on some solid surface , removed from the bike, to get it back in, what am I saying, the metal keeper prevents the rubber portion to flex within the mounting of the plastic, instaed the plastic flexes and I can say, there was a 2 inch portion that broke due to fatigue , the rest was from my low speed crash. I removed the metal keeper on both signals now, and would suggest you do that to the rear signals if you don't have any side cases or crash bars.
To prove my point, try pulling forward or pushing towards the rear of the bike and watch the plastic flex. Next remove the plastic and remove that metal keeper, while the plastic is off, try and force the signal light out of the plastic, move it forward and towards the rear of the bike and notice the flexing of the plastic is greatly reduced, instead the rubber now has a chance to flex. Word of caution here
, make sure you have a thin slot screwdriver and possibly a second person around , just in case you succeed , as it is a real challenge to get that rubber stalk back into the plastic.
As to your original question, mounting the original lights on crash bars may be a option, what has already been suggested I agree with 100%, if you don't care if opposing traffic really can see your signal lights, someone in front didn't see you signaled a lane change and cut you off, you crashed your bike, the police not only observed the damage and noted you were lucky to be alive but they were also going to charge you as having a unsafe vehicle because you modified/ removed the OEM signal lights, that were required to meet highway safety regulations.
Funny thing, in our province, those over 25 year old bikes that had no signal lights, still meet the requirements for driving on the road, however many have added after market signals for safety reasons. That is the reason I added the LED on the Barkbusters.