Lighting for night time twisties

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by toates89, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    I try to avoid riding at night but shit happens. I am in the process of adding lights and I wanted to hear some of your experiences with lighting.

    If you had to pick spot of floods which do you prefer and why?
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  2. CharlesLathe

    CharlesLathe Been here awhile

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    Today, I ordered semi-adaptive headlights for my Street Triple from Motodemic. I don't know how happy I will be with my decision, but I will find out in about a week.
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  3. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    In the thread title, you mention twisties. If that is the case, I'd say flood lights over spots. Spots are more appropriate in higher speed straight roads.
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  4. MikeFromMT

    MikeFromMT Dark Web Dangerous

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    I've run both, at the same time.
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  5. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    My main concern is dark dirt roads and cornering. Since my headlight aims straight I need something to widen my lightening profile.
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  6. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    Toates, my '76 Goldwing is a road bike, but since I like to ride tight twisty back roads,
    I had the same concerns as you.
    First I installed a really bright LED headlight,
    Then I added a set of rectangular LED running lights that are on all the time.
    They don't throw much light far out, but they light up the shoulders of road
    near me quite well. And they work great as daytime running lights.
    Finally, I added a pair of five inch round LED flood lights that are wired
    to come on only with my high beams. These things are BRIGHT!
    I've been riding bikes since 1968 and this is the BEST lit bike
    I've ever had. By far! Thank God for LEDs.
    These are the flood lights I'm using:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Accele-LL27...ash=item2a853e641e:g:3w0AAOSwB09YSxTa&vxp=mtr

    P.S. Just ordered another pair of those lights for my '99 Goldwing.
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  7. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Long timer

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    Some of the newer LED's use a combination of flood and spot. I rarely ride at night so I haven't bothered adding extra lights apart from a small light bar for extra visibility.
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  8. Mofo Flake

    Mofo Flake Incompetent off-road

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    http://imgur.com/YuuIhAI
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    Kind of ugly (and pricy to buy), but pretty much turned my bike into the same level as a modern car headlights.

    It's a diffused beam hella led light bar.

    It throws light out at about 130 degrees wide, and 30 degrees tall. Works great off-road.
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  9. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    Yeah, the pricey part puts those out of my reach.
    I like your mounting system. Looks solid.
    The lights I bought were only $20 for the pair!
    Can't beat it with a stick.
    I just wouldn't want to be driving a car coming
    towards me when I turn those on! LOL!!
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  10. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately Im on a dr350 so I dont have the Real estate for as much lighting.
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  11. GreyThumper

    GreyThumper Been here awhile

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    I've got a pair of Denali D4s; spots and floods in the same case.
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  12. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Finding a good headlight has long served me well as the basis of lighting improvement. Sometimes it's as simple as a different bulb. Other times it's a different reflector and lens.
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  13. tominboise

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    I put a set of the Cyclops LED lights on my tiger. They are set at 50% when the main is on dim, for DRL purposes and 100% when the main is on bright. I have one spot and one flood, on the theory of trying to light the right side ditch line with the flood. Seems to work OK. I got them from Bestrest cycle products. Pricey but the customer service is great.
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    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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  16. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    Do they come with wiring?
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  17. VX Rider

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    Looks like no,

    But they do show a wiring harness on that page.
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  18. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    As I recall, they were just pigtails coming off of them. I soldered on my own leads with heatshrink to extend them as needed. Your only running two wires...

    I have used this affordable Tusk-brand switch with good success, does not take up much room on the bars and is a cheap date at ten bucks $.

    If your not comfortable working with wiring, cutting, soldering, heat shrink and wiring switches, find another rider whom can show you or walk you through it, it's easy and then you have a custom fit with no excess wire or garbage on your runs.

    https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/956/25858/Tusk-Universal-On-Off-Switch

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    I run all my accessories wire runs through this Chinese-finger-trap wire weave mesh stuff:

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-FT-1-4-B...heathing-Braided-Loom-Tubing-US-/222198559013

    Easy to come off the light with a bit of heat shrink, and then bond that right to some braid to give it a nice finished look:

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  19. toates89

    toates89 Been here awhile

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    That does look sharp.
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  20. CSI

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    The problem that arises, is that even a flood light won't be shining around the corner once the bike leans over.
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