Is there any way to turn on the XC's front turn signals to act as running lights?
I've never liked that the XC only has the headlight as forward lighting, form time to time I think about adding runners. For some reason this morning I thought of this question.
If there is a way, my guess is that you'll have to figure it out, and it won't be easy, i.e., you'll be on the bleeding edge.
I agree that bikes should have running lights in the front:
1) I had a 650 Burgman for five years, and it used incandescent bulbs for turn signals up front. A bunch of us on a Burger forum got together, and (like the rest) I wound up swapping out the bulb sockets, adding a wire, and replacing the single-filament bulbs with double-filament ones. Voila: running lights!
2) On my XCT, I addressed the problem by adding Rivco mirrors with built-in LEDs (running- and turn-signal amber in the front, and turn-signal red on the rear-facing side). I describe this process in agonizing detail in a write-up on my web site: http://www.billanddot.com/adding-rivco-led-mirrors.html
During the course of that work, I discovered that the ECM is super-fussy about voltages or resistance or something, in terms of the turn signals. I wound up using a trailer isolator just to drive the LEDs on the mirrors.
I've also experimented -- without success -- with CustomLED's Blinker Genies ( http://www.customled.com/products/blinker-genie
Besides the ECM's being a fuss-budget, I think
the problem is that the stock LEDs are "overdriven" to achieve high brightness. I read about this somewhere -- I think someplace on CustomLED's site (but I can't find it now).
Another possible solution is just adding running lights, i.e., leaving the stock signals alone. You might add something such as the Photon Blasters, for instance: http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/PB_Features.shtml
But I certainly agree that it seems a waste to have the bright stock LEDs in the turn signals just sitting out there most of time, not doing anything (just as it was on the Big Burger, with its bulbs... which at least I could do something about).