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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Default Motolight auxilliary lights

A few weeks ago I discovered I had an old set of Motolights from a moto I had sold a couple years ago I call Motolights and ordered an adapter kit for the XC, plus the amber lights. Wasn't tooo hard to install. I like them because they really add to the conspicuity (is this a word?) of the bike, and I really hate it when cages turn in front of me

The on/off swith fit perfectly in the "blank" next to the radio read out. I used the left blank for the heated grips, and the right blank for the lights.

http://www.motolight.com/

I took the pictures in my garage with/without the lights. The apparant coloring on the lights themselves is bacuase they are billet aluminum and ols, so I used a wire brush to cleam them up. In a month, the coloring will be consistent.

Just another alternative. I don't know what they cost now, but they are very high quality, and rather pricey.
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Nice look ,those cagers aren't going to think your just another streetlamp now. It makes sense to use them no mistaking your on the road. Nice look . Mike

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That triangle of light is attention getting alright. And yes, conspicuity is a very good word among us riders. We need all of it we can get. What I don't understand are those riders who have a black bike, wear black riding gear, put on a black helmet and then bitch that cagers don't see 'em. Go figger.

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I like those Motolights ! they look awesome and will help in the visibility area bigtime.
I looked for some for my '07 KP Tour but they are a little too pricey for me right now. There really does not seem to be a lot of options out there for light bars for victorys, unless I'm not looking in the right places
Yours look great ! ride safe.
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Who makes the wheel chock?

The lights are very effective, I have seen them on Goldwings

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Who makes the wheel chock?
The one on the XC is a Wheeldock. It is very effective, and has a flat ride on surface making it easy with a heavy bike. The only disadvantage is if you want to use it for multiple bikes with different size front wheels you have to tie wrap spacers to fit. Sort of a pain.

I have three chocks, the best one for overall use is the Baxley Sport Chock, which I use on my bike lift which I use for all my bikes.

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A couple of days ago (while I had the fairing off, for a Stebel horn install, https://www.victoryforums.com/showpos...1&postcount=45 ), I installed my Motolights. Like Greg, I already had these; in fact, they were on my '07 Burgman 650, until I sold it a few months ago, and on my Valkyrie Interstate for a couple of years before that.

Also like Greg, I installed a switch (the official Victory one, I think designed for fog lights) in the dash. I will say this: taking off the front fairing is much easier than taking off the dash (which I found necessary to do, in order to install the switch). The dash panel has 10 bolts, 6 of which are a real pain in the a$$ to deal with, because you can't get an Allen-head socket in, and you can certainly fuggedaboud trying to put a torque wrench on them.

I mounted the lights downward from the lower caliper bolt; it looks like Greg mounted that bracket piece upwards. No big deal, to each his own. I think Motolight recommends having the wire come out on the underside of things, probably to aid drainage of any water; I also think it doesn't really matter.

About two and a half years ago, I changed out the stock 35-watt halogen bulbs for 5-watt LEDs. Keep in mind that if you're doing an Iron Butt Rally and you want to see a half-mile down the road, Motolights are not for you; you'll be better off with something from PIAA or Hella. As Greg mentioned, Motolights are primarily for conspicuity (and they light up the side of the road better, too).

So, I wasn't concerned about any light-down-the-road loss. I did this to save 60 watts of alternator juice, around the same time I got a heated jacket liner (which consumes 76 watts on max heat). The Burger was running a juice deficit at idle with the lights and the heat; the solution was to not stop, or turn off the Motolights, or change to LEDs. At a couple thousand RPM, the alternator - 500-some watts - was fine, though. I haven't seen any specs on Vic's X-series alternator output, or how much it drops off as the engine drops down to idle, so I can't comment on that.

The pictures below show how the recent installation came out, as well as two older pics: one shows the halogen vs. the LED bulb, and another one shows the light-pattern and color change, when I had one stock halogen in place (on the left in the pic) and one LED replacement in (the right side of the pic). So, my light triangle, with the XCT's HID bulb, is all about the same color; Greg's two-color setup is probably better for getting cagers to notice it.
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They look very good, definitely on my list of options.
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That triangle of light is attention getting alright. And yes, conspicuity is a very good word among us riders. We need all of it we can get. What I don't understand are those riders who have a black bike, wear black riding gear, put on a black helmet and then bitch that cagers don't see 'em. Go figger.
Ya, blame it on the riders. Take another look at the black XC in the picture, now add a rider with helmet, if you can't see that in broad daylight you shouldn't be driving and need a white and red cane. If you can't see that headlight at night, same thing applies.
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Just as a point of interest on extra lights, a major benefit of having a large light triangle (or square, or pentagon...) is giving the viewer a better shot of estimating distances and speeds.

That is, while there are plenty of "I didn't see him at all" accident excuses, there are also a lot of accidents of the "I didn't realize he was that close" or "I didn't realize he was going that fast" variety. A single point of light may be visible, but when viewed in front it doesn't lend itself to good estimations of approaching speed and distance. You can't get the 3D-like perspective from it, the way you can with, say, widely spaced car headlights.

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