What conspicuity lights (tail light, too) do you use on your scooter? Cost? Review?

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  1. EvrythingAwesom

    EvrythingAwesom Long timer

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  2. wheelbender6

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    I am thinking about getting some LED bar end lights. It may help in parking lots, where I have had the most close calls.
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  3. minimac

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    I added a strip of red LEDs (5050) around my topcase. They are spliced into the tail lights and also the brake light circuit. Although they have a self stick backing, I hot glued them to the top case. They've been on my morphous for almost two years without a hitch. IIRC, the LEDs came in a 3 meter long strip and cost around $10.
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  4. bicyclenut

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    Admore SMT Lightbar. Additional tail lamp, brake light, turn signals, hazards (if equipped) and license plate light (option). Light bar is programmable by user. Has flashing brake light options and built in accelerometer to detect slowing without braking (sensitivity is programmable).

    Sample of what it does, as I programmed for my use at the time of video are below.

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  5. scootermann

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    Added a couple of LED fog lamps to the front. Really feel this makes the GTV, which has a low fender mounted headlight, more visible to oncoming and potentially "pulling-out" traffic. The scoot has a LED turn signal/running light kit as well. Planning to install the flashing LED brake light bar. Had one on a previous scoot and it was very attention getting. Meanwhile, I am just tagging the brakes several times as I slow down before stopping. (crappy phone pic)

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    EDITED TO ADD: Well after one month, one of the LEDs is out. Admittedly, I bought cheap lights, but was hoping they would last a month. I'm referring to the bulbs, not the actual fog lamps. Going to switch out to new LEDs and if they don't last will go back to Halogens.
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    How do you mount it on your scooter? It seems to have only a rubber strap for a bicycle seatpost...

    For my part, I added a Bestem 42L top case on my scooter, which has a row of LEDs, which come on when I brake. I had originally planned to take it off the bike when I'm not touring, but I really like the idea of extra brake lights all the time. They're not on in this pic, but you can see how they would be much closer to cagers' eye level. 1737069.jpg
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    On my previous ride, I added an extra LED light under the fender tied into my running/brake wires, that cast a red glow in the rear fender well creating a larger more noticeable presence.

    My current bike has a pair of wide red SOLAS reflectors added to the rear of my GIVI top case. I may add a secondary LED in the fenderwell like I did on my last ride within the next couple weeks before we head into our cold/wet season.

    As our helmets are the highest point and likely the most visible part to the average driver, I also have a thin strip of red/white/red SOLAS at the rear base of my helmet to increase my rearward night time visibility.

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    I’ve also given thought to adding a wireless LED light to the rear of the helmet. Seen them advertised for years but not sure why these haven’t caught on as I’ve still never seen anyone with one on the road.
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    Bonus..



    Enjoy the show! (ffwd to 1:20)

    Would be right at home in Vegas :D
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  9. bicyclenut

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    In the front I have Clearwater Darla lights that are always on with adjustable brightness and full brightness with high beams on. I usually run them at 1/2 power during the day and with yellow lens covers as they seem to stand out more in yellow. At night I usually switch to clear and if in traffic need to lower power below 1/2 as many cars think I have brights on.

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    Whelen or Feniex red LED flasher as a brakelight.
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  12. eakins

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    I went with yellow-green 1" 3m conspicuity tape from Identi-Tape. Very effective day or night. I've noticed a huge difference in how people perceive me! I have people now pull over on the side of the road to let me pass. Before they'd pull out and almost kill me.

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    I also have bright LED bulbs in the front and rear markers of my scoot.
    Lights up bright night or day.

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    I do have Volo rear lights on my other scoot.
    Lights bright when you stop.
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    In addition to strategically placed SOLAS (white at front, red at rear), I also have 1/4" hi-viz yellow/green on my wheel rims and above my tail lamp.

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    With cdwise's suggestion, I also purchased a roll of 3M black reflective tape that is on both sides of my front wheel fender, my hardshell backpack, and the rear of my boots. Invisible by day; reflective by night.

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    While I was placing my order, I also purchased a roll of highly luminescent glow tape which I may place along the edges of my fairings or on the inside of my rims.

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    Next week, a pair of CREE’s tied into my low/high beam will flank the lower fairing creating 3 points of light

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    Pretty sure its not legal to attach any lights to your helmet in Pa at least.Has to be a stationary mounting point to be legal.
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    For those using Volos, are they regular brake lights, or the deceleration lights?
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    The pliable rubber belt wraps the light on the passenge's left footrest.
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    Thanks.

    For those with multiple bikes, a headlamp tied down there may also work, and will be "movable" between bikes.
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  20. JerryH

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    I would not put a continuously flashing light on a scooter. It could be mistaken for a turn signal. Most people hate those large DOT turn signals that stick way out from the bike. I love them. They get noticed. In the front, only amber can be used for turn signals. In the rear, they can be either amber or red. You can get a plug in device for Harleys that when combined with different rear turn signal sockets and bulbs, and red lenses, allows the rear turn signals to be used as both extra tail and brake lights as well as turn signals. I may get one. While trying to ride a 50cc scooter in town, which I gave up on, I wired my turn signals to function as 4 way flashers. My state allows 4 way flashers to be used up to 30 mph. I may also install headlight and brake light modulators on my Vespa. I have used them on motorcycles, and they do seem to make a difference. But I still believe that by far the best way to be seen on a bike is to wear bright colored clothes and helmet. Wear reflective clothes at night. I wear a neon green t shirt on my Harley. I'm sure I get laughed at by other Harley riders, but I don't really care.
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