Helmet Lights & Stock Light Upgrade (enduro/trail riding)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by fuggy, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. fuggy

    fuggy Canyon Explorer

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    Seems like many of us have a nice bicycle light laying around or a stock headlight that doesn't do much on the dirt bike. I had an older $300 Niterider light I bought 5 years ago that I wanted to use while trail riding with my motorcycle helmet. I tried mounting it to the top and sides of the helmet. In the end, the best position seemed to be on the side of the helmet (see pics in video). I made my own helmet mount with some scraps laying around the house.

    I also wanted more light from my stock KTM 450 headlight, so I purchased a RIGID Industries 'Dually'. Very happy with how durable the light is! The lense is shatterproof, waterproof, and the LEDs are powerfull and draw very little power off my stock battery. The light will actually run over 1 hour on a household 9volt battery. :D I know there is many other companies that also make similar products for similar prices. I support RIGID since they are local to me and support local off-road race teams. For those thinking about upgrading, check them out. They also make a 'D2' with 6 LED's and might even be better for those looking for high-speed performance lighting:
    http://www.rigidindustries.com/category-s/131.htm


    Video of my light set-up(GoPro camera hardly does it justice @ night):
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    ON a side note, FST Motorsports in PHX is also making a complete LED light bar and mounting hardware for around $250 customized to your bike. (I spent $90 on my Dually and made my own mounts).
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  2. SantaRosa

    SantaRosa I'd rather be lost

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    It would be nice to see some pictures of the helmet mount you came up with. Nice video!
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  3. fuggy

    fuggy Canyon Explorer

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    here is some pics of my home brew mount, which seems to be stable with the light mounted here:

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    For the bike I made a 1/4" alloy plate that attaches to the lower triple clamp:
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    Here is my buddy's light set-up. He got a cheaper 12 LED light made in China and had some fab guys make a nice mount for his WR450:(he has yet to test it yet)
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  4. Renegade_Azzy

    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    that one looks like a mountain bike light. While I do appreciate the creativity in the mount, dont they make helmet mounts for those already (the ones i have had did.. solid and elastic)
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  5. fuggy

    fuggy Canyon Explorer

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    yes, it is a mt. bike light....which came with mt. bike mounts for a mt. bike helmet. The mounts don't work with a moto helmet. I tried mounting the light to the top of my helmet with a 3M tape mount like GoPro camera's use, but the small surface area of the mount wasn't ideal (lots of wobble) and I seemed to snag the light on trees more having it on top of the helmet. The mount I made served these purposes: lightweight, sturdy, universal, cheap. :evil
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  6. SantaRosa

    SantaRosa I'd rather be lost

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    This should be posted in "Thinking outside the box...Post your Farkels!"

    Each mount is excellent but the helmet mounts are ingenious making so much sense.
    What if you used 3m Dual Lock to attach to helmet? Just a thought :D

    Great Job, thanks for sharing.
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  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Interesting solutions for night riding.

    Do you ride your bike on the street or is it dirt only? The light bar setup looks heavy to me:deal

    I offer a headlight replacement for KTMs. Adjustable low beam, the high beam is awesome. Plug n play electrics. Weighs about the same as OE headlight.

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  8. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    My helmetlight compared to the bikes light, which already runs on osram nightbreaker trough a relay:

    Mini foglight, and 55w xenon kit, powered by the bike. It's probably brighter than your random car:

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  9. goodspark

    goodspark Baja Rider

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    ouch, on the screws pointed at your brain!

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  10. goodspark

    goodspark Baja Rider

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    How do those compare to the nightrider HID you've got there, subjective description? I've ridden with those and they are pretty good, not really an "only" light, but a nice addition.

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