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I'd like to see your GS/GSA tail light, please

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by davepen, Oct 15, 2019.

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  1. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    Do you have a tail light on your GS that looks like this? Mine does not have the red, plastic optics like the one pictured. If you have one of these could you please post a picture of it illuminated? Preferably in the (somewhat) dark.

    Thanks all.

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    Deano747 Been here awhile

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  3. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    Thank you!

    I don't see too much of a difference from mine.
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  4. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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    I don’t like the taillight design in the LC bikes. They bounce the light from the LED’s up into the reflector and then backwards. The Hexheads had the LED’s facing backwards so vehicles following you looked directly at the light source, much more effective design IMHO. The LC taillight seems weak compared to the Hexhead.
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  5. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    I agree. I was hoping this slightly different design would remedy that somewhat.

    It does not appear to be significantly improved.
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  6. River-Runner

    River-Runner Been here awhile

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    We ride with a guy on a MY17 RT, my wife has a MY17 GSA. When I follow the two, the RT tail light seems to be kind of dim, the GSA is a little better. I put a Clearwater Billie Brake light on my wife's bike, HUGE improvement. Running the Clearwater with the Denali controller, set so the light flashes when she/we put on the brake. I think this is a great safety feature.
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    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    tzracer Been here awhile Supporter

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    LEDs tend to have a vary narrow viewing angle. By projecting the LED into a reflector, the viewing angle is increased. Another method is to mount the LED behind a diffuser. My wife followed me at night and said the rear light of my 2018 was pretty bright.

    Viewing angle is the included angle of the cone of light produced by a source.
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  11. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    All that flashing would certainly attract attention...from cops.
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    I've had them since 05, and a couple hundred thousand miles, no issues from me, or any of the hundreds of riders I know with them. As a matter of fact, many states have laws allowing up to 4 flashes of brake lights on motorcycles.
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  13. miker325

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    Even California allows 4 flashes when the brakes are applied... and California never allows anything cool to happen... ever!
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  14. Mr.JAJA

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  15. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    That tail light would be illegal here, as "dazzling" is not allowed. The front lights I'm sure would get you pulled over as well. Anything that "wig-wags" is generally frowned upon.

    I just want a better tail light than the one I have.
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  17. chicky

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    Hi Mr.JAJA
    Great to see some good looking stickers on you pannier lid (top right hand)

    cheers
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  18. mikegc

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    The nice feature of the Billie Brake Light and the Skene Design P-3 is you may program them not to flash/flicker and they'll simply function with your OEM brake light. My Billie Brake Light is set on 10% and it's still plenty bright. You control how they function. The front lights are the same way. You control the programing so they don't have to "wig-wag."

    Mike
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  19. JimVonBaden

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    The front lights only do that if you turn on the flashers. It would not be illegal. Is "dazzling" an actual term in the law? Glad I do not live in that madhouse.
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    davepen Been here awhile

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    Yes, MN 169.64 Subd. 3 (c): A stop lamp or signal lamp is prohibited from projecting a glaring or dazzling light, except for: ...

    It then goes on to be a bit vague about strobes that must flash simultaneously, what color they can be, etc.
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