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Webrat
05-18-2016, 10:37 AM
Here in Pa,, the LEOs are pretty stringent on signals. Especially if your ride came with them.
So in order to keep the bike as clutter free as possible (and after a bunch of digging), I came upon these
turns that go into the ends of the grips.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/391000753396?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true
or even something like this
http://speeddealercustoms.com/product/motogadget-m-blaze-disc/?gclid=CLzDo8uG5MwCFYFahgodF_wIcw
But for 226 bucks I might be able to do better.
I already have 2 LEDs that fit inside my 1" bar/grip ends. Might just try and use those instead.
There is a special LED blinker too I will need to get to make it all work.
But to just have one set of turns,,would be neat. Long as they are visible from the rear. And since I am using 12" ape bars they should be pretty visible to both front and rear drivers.
Anyone here use or do something like this yet?

Westboundbiker
05-18-2016, 5:45 PM
I've been tempted to try the cheaper ones, but haven't. Someone on one of the cafe sites may have, you might want to check them out.

cggorman
05-19-2016, 6:06 AM
I've got the M-Blaze Discs. Haven't got them installed yet, tho. They recommend no more than 9 wrist angle. I'm over that, but we'll see. Hopefully I'll be able to get them on this week/weekend.

I've done a lot of work with LEDs in various applications over the years and these are absolute GEMS. Maybe a tiny bit overpriced, but I'm quite happy with the light output, color, engineering, and overall quality. I'd recommend them if they fit your budget.


Both pictures were taken within a minute of one another. The light is bright enough that the camera drops exposure WAY down.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160216_175516_zpsyreupgdr.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160216_175607_zpsza87daqt.jpg

cggorman
05-19-2016, 9:22 AM
As far as using all 4...OH cops are pretty anal, too. Since I needed at least a brake light anyway, I split the difference and used two triple function light in back. A pair of 2" bates-style lights that do Run/Turn/Brake. Custom LED innards with a Badlands Illuminator Pro III controller. They're bright as fuck.


http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160311_190531_zpsskq4dy1h.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160311_190518_zpsnnolppko.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160311_190932_zps0w3cfth7.jpg

Webrat
05-19-2016, 9:33 AM
Hey Cggorman,,,

THANKS for taking time to post up pics of your setup for me.
I do believe that is the direction I will be going. Damn things are really bright,,, more than expected.
They are a bit pricey but hey,,, what good stuff isn't eh?
Gonna TRY and just get away with the sigs in just the bar ends tho.
You can see em from both ahead and behind,, will see how it works out.
IF I'm given a shitpile of grief over it,,, I will just "conform" (how I despise that word).
THANKS AGAIN

cggorman
05-19-2016, 9:49 AM
The Discs emit light in two directions. They are marked front and rear, left and right. IIRC, the front is brighter than the rear.

I got mine from Revival Cycles. Their Supernova brake lights are a steal.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160216_180534_zps9b7ay4pv.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160216_180157_zps8s2wp6bh.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160308_210228_zpsv7pqs6kr.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160308_210324_zpsrhkmx8kz.jpg
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160308_210433_zps2igty2tg.jpg

Webrat
05-19-2016, 6:31 PM
Holy shit man,,
Almost as bad as those xenon headlights.
I'm pretty much sold from what you have shown.
Is there a "special" blinker or will any quality 3 pole work?
Thanks again

cggorman
05-19-2016, 8:18 PM
Holy shit man,,
Almost as bad as those xenon headlights.
I'm pretty much sold from what you have shown.
Is there a "special" blinker or will any quality 3 pole work?
Thanks againh

The "correct" blinker needs to be load independent. Since LEDs only pull a couple watts max the old style blinkers tend to flash too quickly. A common workaround is to use large resistors to fool the blinker unit but those tend to get hot and are kinda bulky.

I buy from various vendors but this place has a good general selection of LED retrofits and accessories (like flasher modules) https://www.superbrightleds.com/blog/led-turn-signals-blinking-too-fast-hyperflashing/275/

cggorman
05-19-2016, 8:24 PM
Just to be clear about that 2" tail light...the LED inside is very high (relatively) wattage and required a custom heatsink and load resistor to enable it to work on 12v. I also did a custom lens just for shits and giggles.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cggorman/Harley/IMG_20160307_231031_zpsx54yxycg.jpg