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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-30-2020, 11:43 PM
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I am personally obsessed with LED's and am looking at something on the back of the bags as well. When I had my Road King I installed a pair of Custom Dynamics 'Plasma Rods' between the bags and the fender, they work as run/brake in red and amber turn signals all in one unit. The down side is they aren't flexible so they are mounted to a flat straight surface. Another item they have is called Truflex which will wrap around the part you are mounting them to. Sete Bond is looking for something for the bag crash bars, I'm looking into this because the orientation of the led's is 90 degrees out of whack so the Truflex won't work. Some of this company's items seem pricey but from experience they are not cheap junk and stand up well, they are geared more to the HD crowd but still have items we could use on our bikes.

https://www.customdynamics.com/vehic...led-light-bars
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Here's my recent LED lighting project in the rear of my Gold Wing using the 11" LEDs from Amazon.
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I am personally obsessed with LED's and am looking at something on the back of the bags as well. When I had my Road King I installed a pair of Custom Dynamics 'Plasma Rods' between the bags and the fender, they work as run/brake in red and amber turn signals all in one unit. The down side is they aren't flexible so they are mounted to a flat straight surface. Another item they have is called Truflex which will wrap around the part you are mounting them to. Sete Bond is looking for something for the bag crash bars, I'm looking into this because the orientation of the led's is 90 degrees out of whack so the Truflex won't work. Some of this company's items seem pricey but from experience they are not cheap junk and stand up well, they are geared more to the HD crowd but still have items we could use on our bikes.

https://www.customdynamics.com/vehic...led-light-bars

+1 on Custom Dynamics LED light strips. I put a bunch of them on my 2006 SV100S after I put on a fender eliminator kit to supplement my Clear Alternatives integrated brake light and turn signals. Pictures do not do justice on how much bright light these roughly 2.5 inch LED light strips put out.
https://www.sv-portal.com/forums/185...post15754.html


I'm planning on adding some to my VFR and rigging up some on my saddlebags that I can easily disconnect when I remove them.

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I don't have handy a picture of the rear of the FJR, but here's the back end of my ZRX1100LT (heh) with the same topcase I might use on the FJR. Also visible is the strip LED brake light (Amazon) only on the rear face of the Givi topcase mount.
The trunk has simple, inexpensive strip LED lighting (EBay), connected to the tail and brake circuits via a little diode-and-resistor "controller" I picked off this forum long ago (I think). So it goes dim and then bright when the brake light switches are activated.
I chose not to go to the trouble of hooking up turn signals to the trunk. On the ZRX, I have a Givi sidecase setup now that has the old Wingrack with turn signals included (not shown in this older photo).
You're looking at about 2 hours of work and less than twenty bucks of stuff, even including the diode/resistor pack.
Possibly not the solution for everyone but something to think about.
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The reflective kits really make a difference.
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I was seriously looking at getting the Admore universal side case lights. I had them on my Givi luggage on my last bike - really nice. The 5" ones should fit well, has the quick connect cables for a clean install, and displays as running light, brake and turn signals. Certainly not the cheapest option, but worth it.

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I have Skene's mounted in the place of square reflector in the rear, they strobe when breaking and also are setup to "fast flicker at all time" lots of positive comments from people ridding behind me.

Also across Europe on fast Autobahns it's common to see "4 flashers" coming up on cars, under heavy breaking. I would like to do the same on my FJR,... anybody knows which wires (and where on the bike) would need to be connected to trigger 4 flashers when breaking?
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I have Skene's mounted in the place of square reflector in the rear, they strobe when breaking and also are setup to "fast flicker at all time" lots of positive comments from people ridding behind me.

Also across Europe on fast Autobahns it's common to see "4 flashers" coming up on cars, under heavy breaking. I would like to do the same on my FJR,... anybody knows which wires (and where on the bike) would need to be connected to trigger 4 flashers when breaking?
This would be complicated but probably doable. A relay wired to the brake circuit to trigger the 4 way flashers, it would have to be switched otherwise you'd get the 4 ways every time you braked unless that's what you want. I do this stuff for fun, let me work on this.
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This would be complicated but probably doable. A relay wired to the brake circuit to trigger the 4 way flashers, it would have to be switched otherwise you'd get the 4 ways every time you braked unless that's what you want. I do this stuff for fun, let me work on this.
Wes, while you are at it, can you also figure out the solution for my '17ES all LED;
- So since the front turn signals are STEADY ON at all time, I would like to have my FRONT signal lights to "glow at highest brightness" for better conspicuity while driving, and then when activating the signal light they would start blinking with "low brightness first"
I tried to ride with my high beams during daytime, like many bikers do, but it seems the LED's are just "too bright" for other drivers

and yes I would like the signals flashing every time while breaking, why not? (I don't think it's illegal?)

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Wes, while you are at it, can you also figure out the solution for my '17ES all LED;
- So since the front turn signals are STEADY ON at all time, I would like to have my FRONT signal lights to "glow at highest brightness" for better conspicuity while driving, and then when activating the signal light they would start blinking with "low brightness first"
I tried to ride with my high beams during daytime, like many bikers do, but it seems the LED's are just "too bright" for other drivers

and yes I would like the signals flashing every time while breaking, why not? (I don't think it's illegal?)
Here in The States, yes it is illegal to have yellow signal lights illuminating when braking. To be "legal" you'd have to change them to red. I've used this product before after replacing the yellow with red bulbs and clear lenses
https://www.kuryakyn.com/products/73...ake-controller

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