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post #1 of 28 Old Aug 9th, 2016, 4:32 pm Thread Starter
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Just added a set of rear LED brake lights... a much cheaper option that other brands out there!
These are made by Prostrobe and are a one piece unit that uses 3m tape to stick on.
Have used these before on an FJR for a couple of years and never had an issue with them.

Bought them for only $20 a piece and wire straight to the rear brake wires (Grey / yellow stripe & Brown):

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Fantastic! could you please share a link to where we can get some of these?

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Fantastic! could you please share a link to where we can get some of these?
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Definitely cheaper than the Tailblazer, but I really like having the flashing up high. It makes me visible not only to the car behind me, but also the one behind him. And even jacked up pickups can still see me apply the brakes.

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Pic of them off...

Better clean up that plate before the cops stop you. It was clearly legible in the video.
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Better clean up that plate before the cops stop you. It was clearly legible in the video.
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Shhhh!
I don't think anyone else has noticed! LOL! 😁

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After a certain amount of flashes, do they flash steady? In most states, they can only flash a certain number of times.

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After a certain amount of flashes, do they flash steady? In most states, they can only flash a certain number of times.
I have the same question. I believe it's more based on time than number of flashes, but the principle is the same. I use a Kisan signal minder, I think they claim it's 50 state legal. I know it's legal here, although I've been warned about letting off and reapplying the brakes too much while slowing. I'm all about making myself very visible.
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Better clean up that plate before the cops stop you. It was clearly legible in the video.
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Too late....hehehehe.....look at first post and video

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Just added a set of rear LED brake lights... a much cheaper option that other brands out there!
These are made by Prostrobe and are a one piece unit that uses 3m tape to stick on.
Have used these before on an FJR for a couple of years and never had an issue with them.

Bought them for only $20 a piece and wire straight to the rear brake wires (Grey / yellow stripe & Brown):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUHlo1uoHAU
Zamfield,
Those flashers definitely get attention.

For anyone else that like's this idea, here's another option.
It's a GS100A controller hooked up to the LED on the top case of my 2003 LT.
Flash a few times then stay on.
About $3 on eBay.

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I think I am missing something. The link shows a little different configuration than the video shows. Thanks for your help.

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I think I am missing something. The link shows a little different configuration than the video shows. Thanks for your help.
It's the same... I have 2 of them with a reflector in between them, that doesn't do anything except sit there! Just join the two red and two black together and wire to brown (black, ground) and gray / yellow stripe (live).

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It's the same... I have 2 of them with a reflector in between them, that doesn't do anything except sit there! Just join the two red and two black together and wire to brown (black, ground) and gray / yellow stripe (live).

Ok, got it. Thanks a bunch. Looks like a good thrifty project right up my alley.

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Re: Added Brake Lights

Both of these are great mods.

Great way to add visibility at a good price.

Since I have HyperLite R/S/T and the AdMore R/S/T kit in my top case I do not need either of these But I would be all over them if not.

I do not understand flash restrictions as with my brake lights I can modulate them on off all I care to and have for many years before I could afford HyperLites or some such thing. So I cant see how a cop could fuss at you for flashing?

Anyhow great thread and great ideas for Aux. lights.

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Zamfield,
Those flashers definitely get attention.

For anyone else that like's this idea, here's another option.
It's a GS100A controller hooked up to the LED on the top case of my 2003 LT.
Flash a few times then stay on.
About $3 on eBay.

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I just installed the GS100A to LEDs on top case on the LT this afternoon. Purchased at Amazon.com for about $5. The install was very easy and the results are excellent.
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Trying to get a definitive answer
I understand quite clearly the importance of high visibility. But have questions about the legality of flashing/pulsating/wig-wagging lights by making them a permanent modification on our bikes. I am not preaching to the choir here but I can't see where it's universal law in all our states where that alteration is deemed OK by law.

I have read quite a few reviews from different states where this type of lighting is purposeful for emergency only. And even though some LEO's will be very obliging and only mention that it is or is not legit in a particular state how could we resolve such a situation.

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Trying to get a definitive answer
I understand quite clearly the importance of high visibility. But have questions about the legality of flashing/pulsating/wig-wagging lights by making them a permanent modification on our bikes.
Must not be too much of an issue as at least one of the v-twin brands has these systems as factory options. I think the key is that they are not on full time as emergency vehicle lights would be. Interesting conversation regardless.

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Trying to get a definitive answer
I understand quite clearly the importance of high visibility. But have questions about the legality of flashing/pulsating/wig-wagging lights by making them a permanent modification on our bikes. I am not preaching to the choir here but I can't see where it's universal law in all our states where that alteration is deemed OK by law.

I have read quite a few reviews from different states where this type of lighting is purposeful for emergency only. And even though some LEO's will be very obliging and only mention that it is or is not legit in a particular state how could we resolve such a situation.

On the back of my FirstGear Reiner jacket which comes with a loop to affix a battery operated tail light that flashes or stays on steady. Always visible always on if I want.

ride safe
I can only attest to my locality, but here in Indianapolis, the city buses have the flashing/stop signals on the back side of them. Good enough for buses, good enough for Motorcycles, IMHO, here anyways. It may vary from State to State..
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I just checked the section of the vehicle code here in Oregon. Brake lights are allowed to flash intermittently on motorcycles only as long as they do not over ride turn signal function and must be red in color. They are not allowed to flash on any other motor vehicle.

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I just checked the section of the vehicle code here in Oregon. Brake lights are allowed to flash intermittently on motorcycles only as long as they do not over ride turn signal function and must be red in color. They are not allowed to flash on any other motor vehicle.
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I can only attest to my locality, but here in Indianapolis, the city buses have the flashing/stop signals on the back side of them. Good enough for buses, good enough for Motorcycles, IMHO, here anyways. It may vary from State to State..
This points directly to what I was trying to express.
I did not go through every state code for motorcycles. But on another forum NY (I believe or somewhere in the northeast) a rider stated that at the DMV either for inspection/registration when asked to tap the brake if flashers were activated the bike would not pass. So some were recommending the install of an extra toggle to mute the flash. If that is actually the case for the DMV it stands to reason that the particular state has law enforcement knowlegable of violation.

Or if someone was bringing/purchasing a mod bike into a non mod approved state then what??? Or simply how would it affect someone just riding through the state.
Back in the '80's my wife and I rode to KC Royals stadium (my first bike). Left the motel next morning to ride a couple doors down to breakfast. Cop was in the parking lot of the diner and made it quite clear that I was in a helmet law state. 'Well Officer our helmets are in our room back at the hotel'. You see we had not checked out as yet. "Well then go get them" As I was about to get back on the bike he said probably not his exact words "you don't want to do that". I got the message and jogged back to the room while my wife waited on the bike until I got back. No autographs were exchanged and the conversation after that was mild and about our visit.
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I looked on the net and wasn't able to locate any definitive answer to the flashers for the State of Indiana, so I called the BMV, they didn't know, I called several agencies and finally by contacting the Indiana State Police, I verified that it is legal to have momentary flashers on brake lights.

It would be nice if every state and their laws were known and posted.
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I looked on the net and wasn't able to locate any definitive answer to the flashers for the State of Indiana, so I called the BMV, they didn't know, I called several agencies and finally by contacting the Indiana State Police, I verified that it is legal to have momentary flashers on brake lights.



It would be nice if every state and their laws were known and posted.


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I have a quick question to those that have added the flasher.....Ive heard rumblings that after installation of a flasher module, that the center stand will not work as the computer upon starting the bike senses that the resistance is not correct and locks out the CS. Is anyone having these issues?
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I have a quick question to those that have added the flasher.....Ive heard rumblings that after installation of a flasher module, that the center stand will not work as the computer upon starting the bike senses that the resistance is not correct and locks out the CS. Is anyone having these issues?


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I have a quick question to those that have added the flasher.....Ive heard rumblings that after installation of a flasher module, that the center stand will not work as the computer upon starting the bike senses that the resistance is not correct and locks out the CS. Is anyone having these issues?
Wish I could help. I modded my 03 with an 05 center-stand.
None of the safety features are involved.
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Consider the Vololight. It operates independently of the brake lights and flashes based on deceleration. Come way off the throttle or downshift to slow and it starts flashing. I just died this freely and it works great. Easy install also.


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I installed the GA-100A with no problems, no issues. Took less than 10 minutes to disassemble the mirror in top box, solder in series the flasher, shrink tube and reassemble.
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