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Ok guys i'm thinking about adding some driveing lights any comments or suggestions.
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Ok guys i'm thinking about adding some driveing lights any comments or suggestions.
MOTOLights ROCK!!.

Expensive, but built to last forever, easy install.. and BRIGHT..

Bulbs can be purchased at Lowes or Wal Mart (cheap).. or online for "specialty" bulbs depending on what kind of light you want.

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The absolute best thing you can do is convert to HID if your bike is not already equipped with them. www.DDMTuning.com is a source for these kits at an excellent price. A lot of us are using these lights.

I did this for my "poke down the road" driving lights. http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...ht=ff50+mirror

I wired them through a relay and they are triggered by the high beam circuit. High beams on? Hellas on. I had tried a set of the cheapies from Wal Mart but they just didn't light up the road enough I also painted all the spacer hardware and the 6mm bolt head black to match the bike trim. I used a slightly longer bolt in order to maintain full range of motion for the wind deflectors.

For all-the-time conspicuity lighting I put a set of yellow reflectored fog lights mounted under the tip over wings. Again triggered through a relay but this time through the low beam circuit. As long as the bike is running the fog lights are on. The wing protects them in the event of the inevitable tip over.

I also lighted my wind deflectors: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showpost...82&postcount=1 I did them in amber.

I also added led strips under the side cases for additional turn signal lighting. Search for the how to on this one. Really easy to do. Which reminds me. I need to go downstairs and rewire them so they function as both marker lights and turn signal lights.

There are numerous other posts dealing with flashing brake lights etc. just search the site and you will find a hundred thousand million of them. Well.... maybe not that many but close!

The four add on lights discussed above, HID, Hella drivers, amber conspicuity lights and wind deflector lighting really satisfied my need to fabricate the little stuff rather than paying the big bucks to buy ready made solutions where someone else already had the fun.

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The absolutes best thing you can do is convert to HID if your bike is not already equipped with them. www.DDMTuning.com is a source for these kits at an excellent price. A lot of us are using these lights.
My AV shows an RT with LowBeam 6500k HID from XenonRider.com . GREAT quality, and great customer service, and exceptionally easy install.

I also added a 4000k High Beam but it's not on in the picture.

The motolights have USHIO 6500K MI6 bulbs made for theater spots. BRIGHT and near white. The original bulbs look REALLY yellow.

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Bigfoot, he's not really trying to be a jerk. There are just tons of ideas on driving lights to be found on the forum. Some people choose to go the big bucks for big results route, by this I mean Motolight, Piaa lights, etc. They work great, most come with a wiring harness, relay, mounting brackets, everything you need to do an install, including instructions!!
but they cost several hundred dollars. Some of us have went a different route, we bought driving lights from our local auto store, added a relay and made our own mounts. I did this and spent about $50.00 for everything. They work for me, but I am sure they do not "light up the road" as well as the other more costly lights. Plus I had to figure out how to wire them in, figure out how a relay worked, and figure out how to mount them, but I enjoy that kind of stuff so it was no big deal for me. It all depends on how much moola you want to spend and how handy you are. So don't be offended, please, do a search and you will find all the answers you need. By the way, I live in Springfield, MO. If your ever in my area maybe we can hook up for a ride. I like to head south into Arkansas, lots of twisties, and nice scenery. Welcome to the forum!!

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