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    Junior Member bigdreama's Avatar
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    I am a big believer in triangulating headlights to increase our visibility to other drivers. I installed Motolights on my BMW several years ago and I am very happy with them.





    But the Motolights are kind of pricey and I am looking for an alternative on my son's T-dub.



    What have you guys done to increase your visibility?
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    I don't think the electric system of the Tdub can handle any extra incandescent bulbs. Maybe if you can find a LED solution....

    On a recent trip my buddy had an electric problem with his head light (the switch malfunctioned) so we put a couple of LED flashlight tight with ziptights in his side guards. We were extremely surprised that you could see them even in daylight and they provided enough light to get us to a local shop to fix the switch.



    Some of the new CREE LEDs are very impressive.



    Maybe you could use a halogen fog light housing with these LED Lamps. They use only 2.1 watts.

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    You might be able to use this housing:







    And replace the 55w light bulbs with the 2.1w I mentioned above:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Boret View Post
    I don't think the electric system of the Tdub can handle any extra incandescent bulbs. Maybe if you can find a LED solution....

    On a recent trip my buddy had an electric problem with his head light (the switch malfunctioned) so we put a couple of LED flashlight tight with ziptights in his side guards. We were extremely surprised that you could see them even in daylight and they provided enough light to get us to a local shop to fix the switch.



    Some of the new CREE LEDs are very impressive.



    Maybe you could use a halogen fog light housing with these LED Lamps. They use only 2.1 watts.


    I agree, the TW alternator output is very limiting. LED solution is a good idea.



    In order for me to use an electric vest I had to install LED bulbs for the turn signals and brake light, I also had to lower the headlight wattage from 55w to 35w using a scooter bulb. And then I can only use the vest when rpm is above 5000 (when cruising-in town stop and go I turn the vest off). I have looked into a higher output alternator but sofar have not been able to find a supplier.



    Output ratings are: (multiply by 12 to get approximate wattage).



    1500 rpm- 1.5 amps

    5000 rpm- 11.0 amps

    8000 rpm- 20 amps



    I also have a Battery Bug (lower right) that monitors the bike's electrical system (volts/cranking power/battery condition)-since I have worn down the battery several times and not known it until too late.







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    Ha ha ha ha, that's a ton of equipment on the Tdub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boret View Post
    Ha ha ha ha, that's a ton of equipment on the Tdub!


    True!



    This bike has been many remote places; Pony Express Trail, Utah Desert, Great Basin in Nevada, various Nevada mines, traveled from Washington (State) to Minnesota pulling a single-wheeled trailer, and explored the forests of the Pacific Northwet.



    A good reliable machine.



    Next year I hope that I can go on another long ride or reprise in part the WA to MN ride and travel more dirt roads.



    The main purpose of the Vapor Gage is TACH and CHT-which I might switch over to oil temp this winter or maybe add another gage???



    The Vapor Gage and GPS draw very little electrical power and at times I operate them off their own battery power.



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    I agree that LED's seem like the way to go. Thanks for the suggestions, I will look into them.
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    VisionX USA has LED lights with low amp draw that will fit in with the TW profile. Solstice solo 2"
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    Switch everything but headlight to LEDs. Convert headlight to HID. Add LED auxilary headlights.



    I don't worry about being seen by people in front of me. I can see them and take action to get their asttention, such as weaving in my lane, flashing headlight, blowing horn, etc. It's the idiots behind that I worry about.




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    I'm thinking of Skene Photon Blasters for next year:



    http://www.skenedesign.com/lights/PB_Gallery.shtml

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