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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap light from reflector

Wet afternoon yesterday so thought I would have a fiddle with the V.
After I bought the bike I fitted a small round stick on reflector to the number plate light which IMO seemed to be asking for something to be stuck on it.
I thought it would be even better if it was a light instead of a reflector so I took it off and drilled a hole in the back (it is hollow) then drilled a hole in the number plate light cover under where the reflector is stuck and then soldered a couple of feed wires into the number plate bulb feeds.
I thought of trying to fit a bulb holder to the back of the reflector but I could not find anyting small enough in the shed, there is not much distance between the number plate bulb and the housing where the 'new light' is stuck on so I just soldered the wires to the bulb and put a bit of heat shrink over the joints and just let the new bulb rest onto the reflector. The double sided tape which holds the reflector on stops it from vibrating.
I know it will be a bit of a pain to change the bulb but I will change it for a LED when I can find one that is bright enough.
As you can see from the pics simple, neat and cheap, 1.50 for the reflector and 1.99 for the bulb
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Great idea and execution!!! Bravo ;>)
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I like it, but you did not needed to put a separate light, you could have let some of the light from the license plate shine trough to the reflector. Just drill the plastic until you get enough light to the reflector.
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This is going to sound kind of funny...

One of my friend got stop and was given a citation because he has no reflector on the back of his bike... And also no red reflectors on rear side of the bike... He was lucky that he didn't get a citation for modify exhaust...


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I like it, but you did not needed to put a separate light, you could have let some of the light from the license plate shine trough to the reflector. Just drill the plastic until you get enough light to the reflector.
Thanks kallkrish
Sounds like I could have saved a bulb and some effort ! Drill a hole what could be simpler.
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My guess is that your way is a lot brighter.
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After sugesting I could just use the light from the number plate bulb to iluminate the reflector I tried it, and if you drill out a hole about 15 mm it gives off a good light. But I have now fitted a led light that looks much better as you can see from the picture and gives off a very good light.
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I've been looking at that blank spot too. Your final modification is very professional looking to me.
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Heh, I don't need no stinking light. I have evil eyes that reflect...

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"One of my friend got stop and was given a citation because he has no reflector on the back of his bike... And also no red reflectors on rear side of the bike... He was lucky that he didn't get a citation for modify exhaust..."

Red reflectors on the rear side of the bike? Never heard of that one. Is that law in your state? Here in Oregon, (GO DUCKS) you have to have one on the back but I've never heard of the requirement for the sides.
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I know that here in Connecticut (Go Huskies) there is a requirement for side reflectors. And the V does have them on the side of the front fender and on the rear just below the passenger seat. If I remember correctly, Kawasaki sent out a recall on their side cases because they blocked the rear side reflectors, thus making the bike illegal. They offered to put reflectors on the side of the cases.

I like the idea of the reflector/LED light on the license plate light. When I cut down the tail on my bike I moved the rear reflector up to where you put your light. I like your idea better and may change mine. Thanks.

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Never really liked the tail on the V. Chopped it off first thing, installed an LED lic plate frame and my version of a rear reflector. Retro reflrective red.

Spend a lot of time in CT, Manchester area. Can't believe all the people that ride without helmets out there, or gloves, boots, or a proper jacket. Wild.
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