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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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New driving lights and mirrors.

Here's my story. I bought some mirrors on ebay thinking that these were good replacements but to my surprise the mirrors were worst in the stock location due to their small size. So instead of throwing away money I purchased some 8mm to 10mm adapters and converted the mirrors into bar end mirrors which worked out great; fully adjustable with no shoulders in the way. Since my stock mirror locations are now free I decided to fit some extra lights in their place. My question for you guys is; are these lights to big, go smaller or just right? Looks like the bike has 2 small eyes, 2 big ears and a huge nose. Cool or not cool is the question.
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Hi Cdmoore74,

The mirrors look good .
The light's not so. However question is how good are they at night?

If it performs to what you like, it's stays.
IMHO, The light would be cool somewhere mounted below the handlebars.


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Just mounted the lights and did not hook them up; they mount very good with a 10mm bolt. Just waiting for some feedback. My options would be smaller lights, orange running lights or turn signals. A dead bolt would be a waste of good space. Might even look at the rectangular led style due to the low power draw but I can bet that they will not be as bright.
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Lights... um... I'm sure their mother says they have a good personality.

The big issue is at night they are going to light up the cockpit and reflect back into your face. giving you a good case of night blindness.

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Here is part 2; now with smaller lights. These lights will be used primary in the day time for more visibility or night if I really want to show off. After replacing the low and high beams with H.I.D. I pretty much solved the night time visibility issue. It almost appears that the small lights are over powering the HID system I installed. Not bad for a $15 walmart purchase. Not a direct fit like the larger lights but nothing a dremel can't handle.
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Hi Cdmoore74,

The part 2 light look more proportional to your bike.
Looks good. Know what you mean by bright, had the same additional lights on my ex-BM.
If the back scatter is not an issue, it's COOL....

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the smaller lights look better IMHO...
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option 2 looks sweet
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 08:55 AM
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Yeah, those smaller lights look like they are supposed to be there.
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Are they legal up there? I don't think I've seen a street bike with lights on the handlebars before.



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I have those same smaller lights mounted on the fairing. Not sure I have a pic though.
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Here we go. Maybe they aren't the same, but the are close. They are mounted up by the headlight.
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This is what the final product looks like. Haven't had a chance to test it on the streets due to the removal of an ingrown toe nail yesterday but I like the results. As someone mentioned the glare from the lights within the cockpit could be a problem at night due to the power output (really caught me off guard how powerful these small lights are), thus these will primarily be used as day time running lights and for the fact that the HID's do a good job anyway at night. Should work really well when approaching hills; drivers on the opposite side will see the driving lights first. Also makes the bike appear larger then what it really is.

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If anyone is interested in the mirrors I got them off ebay. The seller is magic_tech out of China. Cost was $22 plus $15 for shipping. I needed the 8mm to 10mm adapter for the bar ends but I believe you can request the 8mm stem to avoid the additional length that is added.
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Like Lonerockz said, I think they'll blind you at night lighting up your windshield like that. I might be wrong but be careful while testing. My vision is not something I would be willing to take a chance with. Not that it looks too bad though.

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Just got back from a two hour ride and all I can say is WOW. The mirrors rank up there as one of the best upgrades I've done. I can make out vehicle color, year and make and the vibration is pretty much gone; no numb hands. I can spot vehicles from a mile back even. No more shoulders and a complete view from both mirrors. The lights too have been great. Definitely got more looks from on coming traffic especially from other bikers. I have not tried it yet but I WOULD NOT use the lights in the dark. Their excellent in the daylight to attract attention but with my HID setup it would be overkill during the night. The lights are so powerful they light up the cockpit just a tad and that's in broad daylight. But I'm willing to try and will report but tonight.
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I have those same smaller lights mounted on the fairing. Not sure I have a pic though.
I have the same lights as well, mounted on the forks in the threaded hole where the amber reflector was. I moved that up to the higher position. If you take off the supplied metal mounting bracket, you can put a long SS bolt through the cylinder molded into the lamp housing and into the hole where the reflector was. You need a spacer...nylon will do, SS looks nicer.

Like those bar end mirrors.


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I put the same lights mounted beside the headlight like 08versys. inexpensive, reliable and puts out good light. 1/2 of my riding is home from work at night. Worked out good for me.
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After a few days with the lights, these are pretty much useless with all the glare from the dash at night. But they do compliment the HID's as daytime driving lights for more visibility. I might install the same lights (as seen in this thread) in the more popular locations with a 3 way switch; daytime mode/night mode.
The mirrors are again my favorite. Looks as if I'm seeing in widescreen 16:9 ratio compared to a blocked 4:3 ratio (movie buffs will understand).
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