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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-30-2017, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Auxiliary lights for V650

Hello all, I am looking for a good set of auxiliary lights for my versys 650. I am planning a first cross country trip in May and I thought some extra lights would be a good idea for safety. Any suggestions anyone can offer would be great. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on tools, accessories or other necessities I might need, your help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Hello all, I am looking for a good set of auxiliary lights for my versys 650. I am planning a first cross country trip in May and I thought some extra lights would be a good idea for safety. Any suggestions anyone can offer would be great. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on tools, accessories or other necessities I might need, your help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I did my 650 a few years back. I purchased a no name set from ali express. They are about 4000 lumens each which is incredibly bright. Since they are LED they draw relatively little power and you can just wire directly to your high beam bulb feed wire. This way the high beam switch will turn them on with the high beam.

You however will need to purchase either the Denali or SW-Motech side light brackets to mount unless you use the generic fork leg mounts. If you do purchase proper light mounting brackets make sure the lights you purchase come with proper universal fit mounts so you can attach and aim them from the brackets.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/LED-Auxiliar...S/122354861604
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Motorcycle-2...y/172761626772

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I used some cheep 10 watt led work lights from Amazon. They can be found with both flood or spot beam. I went with the spot beam. I mounted them to the lower radiator fairing attach point with a longer bolt and spacer. I found this on an old post on this forum. I have a 2013 (gen 2). I powered them from the aux connector and a simple switch attached to the handle bar.
They are more for visibility than for long range light, but they do add some light.
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Aux lights are pointless for safety, as is hi-viz. It's why the military no longer requires hi viz on base or "visibility mods" on the bike.

It's all about presentation and not showing your right of way-dick.

Aux lights can be cool for daytime running lights but they legit serve 0 purpose.

Unless you aim them way up in the air and out, which then they function as cornering lights.
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I have additional LED lights on my Vs solely to make me more visible to cage drivers.
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i have some no name $12 led lights mounted on my fork tubes, dont pay big bucks for mounts if you plan to mount on the forks, get some exhaust clamps and tire tube, i made mine for about $3
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I installed one of these on my FZ09. Had a buddy put 2 of them on his FZ8.

These suckers will light up the world. You look like the Santa Fe or Burlington Northern coming at ya. Cars definitely take notice.

May eventually install one or two on my V-650.

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This is a pretty good deal. Think I paid around a buck 80 for mine a few years ago.

I wired it into the bikes high beam circuit so you could dim it with the handlebar dimmer switch.
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Aux lights are pointless for safety, as is hi-viz. It's why the military no longer requires hi viz on base or "visibility mods" on the bike.



It's all about presentation and not showing your right of way-dick.



Aux lights can be cool for daytime running lights but they legit serve 0 purpose.



Unless you aim them way up in the air and out, which then they function as cornering lights.


I disagree. Regardless of what the US military may, or may not, require.

Based on personal experiences over the past 5 years and 70,000+ km (43,000 mi), I know that hi-vis yellow (or green) helps improve rider visibility. I started my riding career in all black gear and learned quickly that contrast is required. I've found that hi-vis orange is too common in North America to be effective. I don't want to look like a stationary construction worker or a traffic cone.

Lights in a triangle pattern increase visibility and improves distance and speed perception by the viewer. The rail roads proved this decades ago. This is why trains have their lights always on, and they are in a triangle pattern. It also works for motorcycles. This is also why high mount brake lights are so effective on cars.

As for right of way, I think we agree. Physics will always trump traffic laws, except in a court of law. In the real world, it doesn't matter if a motorcycle legally has the right of way. A motorcycle can yield for another vehicle with much less drama than them trying to yield or perform an emergency stop.

When ever practical, I try to 'make friends' by signaling or waving through larger vehicles such as transport trucks. They have enough difficulties dealing with the same "texting cager's" that are trying to run us motorcyclists down. No need to add to their stress, or get stressed myself. Besides, it is fun to wind out the bike when passing the truck a moment or two later. And getting a friendly wave, thumbs up, flash of lights, or appreciative honk from the driver always puts a smile on my face!

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Aux lights are pointless for safety, as is hi-viz. It's why the military no longer requires hi viz on base or "visibility mods" on the bike.

It's all about presentation and not showing your right of way-dick.

Aux lights can be cool for daytime running lights but they legit serve 0 purpose.

Unless you aim them way up in the air and out, which then they function as cornering lights.
Did you read the study?

In my personal experience extra lighting has increased my visibility. Presenting a triangle of light is so much better than a single headlight. Also extra brake lights that flash make a huge difference and keep tail gators at bay.

Also, my one piece hi-viz Olympia suit makes me very noticeable when I am on a smaller bike that isn't hiding me behind a fairing. This is based on comments I got from drivers. I don't wear it when out on a country ride, but I do if commuting in cold weather. My thought is IF you are going to wear gear, might as well be hi-vis. If not, then it doesn't matter. Of course not everyone is comfortable enough in their manhood to wear hi -vis and I can respect that.

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