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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-02-2016, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not mentioning any names but my buddies are split. One says use them and the other said no go. Normally I just do what I want anyway but on this I can not decide. So I'm asking for opinions.
I really want more lighting up front than the LED strips I run on the fairing. I bought a generic light setup, once I test mounted them I realized this might not work out as intended. I thought the actual housings would be smaller and would have more mounting option. Ideally I want them mounted on the inside of the crash bar, easy enough but I'd have to trim a large portion of my Lock&Ride close outs out and this is permanent. The other option is to mount them outside the bars which will require only a small trim of the close outs, but I'm not sure I like the "look". Below is a couple of pics, looking for opinions or ideas. thx.
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I wouldn't have either on mine Bro, how about the ones I have?
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does Moma know you have her best blue blanket outside on the driveway.

Think if lights were horizontal you might have better lighting.
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I wouldn't have either on mine Bro, how about the ones I have?
I have come across those bar mounted LEDs....They are expensive around $200 if I recall? Do they light up the road ahead at all or are they just for added visibility?

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does Moma know you have her best blue blanket outside on the driveway.

Think if lights were horizontal you might have better lighting.
Nighttime will tell
That blankie would be in the trash if Momma had her way. Its an old moving blanket we had something wrapped in years ago, she wanted me to get rid of it but I said no way and have used it a million times since. It beats lying on the asphalt any day
I haven't thought about a horizontal mount...but it might not be possible, the lights would have to go on the bottom bar. If they were under it, they'd get torn up in corners and above they really interfere with the close-outs.

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The Cirrus lights are $200. They do give good light, not as good as a spot light like the ones you have there. They also improve visibility to other drivers quite dramatically IMO. I can't see putting ugly crap on my ride and I think your bike is a butte! So I suppose it comes down to your objectives. If you are trying to light the road for a mile ahead of you, maybe stick with those. If you are trying to improve your visibility, the Cirrus lights work great and they do provide additional light at night.

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I've mentioned in other posts, super happy with the Vic factory LED assembly and the Clearwater Darla running lights. One cool thing about the Darlas is you can adjust the output when you have low beams selected.
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I've mentioned in other posts, super happy with the Vic factory LED assembly and the Clearwater Darla running lights. One cool thing about the Darlas is you can adjust the output when you have low beams selected.
I too have the Darlas mounted with the Clearwater model specific hardware just below the crashbars and using the lower cowling bolt location but with longer bolts.
But the OP needs to mount a completely different light configuration. Might I suggest looking at a fork mount? There are many clamps out there that can do the job. Just a thought.
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Craptastic!! Thanks RICZ, seeing your pic just gave me an idea hadn't considered before....
I could mount these lights to the outer chin fairings. This would take care of many issues with this setup. 1. the lights will look unobtrusive tucked in close 2. they'll give effective road lighting. 3. I won't have to drill the crash bar to run wires 4. there will be no cutting or interference with the close-outs 5. I can utilize the in-line Deutsch connectors as quick disconnects if I ever have to remove the chin sides in the future.
I can't wait to get at the bike to check this possibility out.....
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I'm always delighted when I can be enlightening. Be sure to do a "drip loop" on the wire leading to the lights so water does not enter them.
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Fender mounted "Darla". I believe the lights you show are aesthetically too big for the fender mount configuration.
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