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    Nighttime Stealth Mode - Dashboard light blinder

    After seeing how you guys like to make "clean" customizations I installed a headlight cutoff switch. (pic attached)TW200 Light Cutoff Switch3.jpg

    Seems neat and secure enough.

    I like this mode when the moon is bright enough to see without lights - as in with our full moon tonight. But, with the headlight off, you still have the dashboard lights glaring up at you, closing your pupils, so it is a lot harder to see than it should be; you need to block the dashboard lights as well.

    It seems like more wiring manipulation than I would like to shut off dashboard lights so I have rigged a dashboard light blinder. Yes, that is a Tecate carton as my dashlight blinder is merely a prototype at this point but the concept works great! The flap stays down sufficiently to block the lights but you can reach up and fold it out of your way if you care to see the speedometer - of course you need to see how fast you're going when riding at night without a headlight and one hand on the bars. (You're all welcome to use the beer carton dashboard light blinder royalty free :-)

    But the beer carton isn't exactly a clean customization. Do you guys have any thoughts how to improve on the dashboard light blinder or must I continue to explain to my brothers that's the best I can come up with?

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    Last edited by 100000 miles; 08-26-2018 at 04:38 PM.
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    I used to build police cars and for some we under cover stuff we would make it so one hidden switch killed all the lights on the car. Relays.... lots of relays. Your idea is much simpler for what you are doing.
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    You Sir, are a hoot!
    "Prototype", hell...go with it!
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    Awesome!

    Since I can't afford the imported brew that you drink, do you think that a domestic version might work at least partially as well?

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    I however would prefer a Dos Equis prototype myself, but I do appreciate the Tecate model. Well done.
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    I don't think the lights care what brand beer you like.
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    Some may express concern about no load on the stator assembly output overloading the regulator/rectifier in sustained stealth mode operation. Unfortunately I do not know what the TW VR is rated for, but others have warned of this in the past. A solution might be to shunt the switch's interrupted power into a bank of ballast resistors capable of soaking up 100 watts or so. Resistors would have to be mounted such that their heat buildup is isolated from plastic and wiring to avoid melting.
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    I know when I use my light cut off switch my rpm's go up. No load I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulfrider View Post
    I know when I use my light cut off switch my rpm's go up. No load I guess.
    "Speed Secret"...who knew?
    "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    “It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

    "The less horsepower a motorcycle has, the more it can teach you.” - Ben Bostrom

    And though a mountain may rise up and smack the livin' shit outta me,
    and wad up my bike somethin' awful...
    Still, I rise!
    (With apologies to Maya Angelou)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth View Post
    "Speed Secret"...who knew?
    Maybe that helps explain the claim that the 1987's are the fastest year - the only year where the headlight gets brighter/dimmer as the engine rpm's increase/decrease.
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