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There are 2 places on the K12 where checks need to be done and both are a pain. 1 being the coolant expansion tank level check, the other being the rear brake fluid reservoir level check. I check mine by using a strong torch (flashlight) to backlight the reservoirs I suggest some clever person needs to create an LED panel which could be installed behind each reservoir and operated by a switch when the pannier lids are opened (like the trunk interior light). No heat from the LED's so quite safe. Any takers ?
 

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Sounds like you are at least halfway there... :D
 

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K100Dennis said:
There are 2 places on the K12 where checks need to be done and both are a pain. 1 being the coolant expansion tank level check, the other being the rear brake fluid reservoir level check. I check mine by using a strong torch (flashlight) to backlight the reservoirs I suggest some clever person needs to create an LED panel which could be installed behind each reservoir and operated by a switch when the pannier lids are opened (like the trunk interior light). No heat from the LED's so quite safe. Any takers ?
Ari, phone call on line 2! :)

Although, if going to that much trouble, I would prefer an electronic sensor connected to a light on the dash that illuminates when the fluid is low. :)
 

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K100Dennis said:
There are 2 places on the K12 where checks need to be done and both are a pain. 1 being the coolant expansion tank level check, the other being the rear brake fluid reservoir level check. I check mine by using a strong torch (flashlight) to backlight the reservoirs I suggest some clever person needs to create an LED panel which could be installed behind each reservoir and operated by a switch when the pannier lids are opened (like the trunk interior light). No heat from the LED's so quite safe. Any takers ?
Exactly the problem I had last weekend, couldn't see the rear brake fluid fill level for love nor money... great idea Dennis! I'll take a working prototype from you :D
 

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I purchased a set of the LED illuminated side case reflectors from the US, can't remember the company off hand, I'll have to check my records. They'd be the people to do it I reckon, or just someone who likes playing with LED's on some board. Obviusly it just needs to be a similar set up with resistor etc for the LED's. Sorry, but I'm not the one to build it as I will never cross to the dark side, I'm a mechanical person.
 

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Could it be as simple as taking a tail lamp socket for an LT, putting an LED bulb in it, wiring power through a switch in the side case or under the rider seat, and using zip ties to hold in place on a frame member or wire bundle in a usable position to backlight the reservoir, one assembly for each reservoir?
 

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My original post on this was when I couldn't remember the US supplier of my side case reflectors - it was Rider West. I think LED's are available these day on flat boards for universal applications. I'm going to have a look at some electronics stores. Need more than 1 LED per reservoir I suspect.
 

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My Zumo. I ride almost daily down here in south Georgia and use it on every ride. I love to just sometimes see a road leading off to somewhere I've never ridden and turn around and take that road and know the Zumo will take me back with no problems.

There have been more than one time here and in north Florida where those roads, after a good many miles have just turned into a good hard packed clay and gravel two lane road. I can look on the Zumo and see if it leads into another road or not. Often I just ride on knowing the LT can take most of what the road can dish out. What a pleasure to ride it.
 

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heh, heh... time to go for another ride, Tom.
( I think you missed the point of the thread... ;) )
Have fun out there
cheers
 

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My original post on this was when I couldn't remember the US supplier of my side case reflectors - it was Rider West. I think LED's are available these day on flat boards for universal applications. I'm going to have a look at some electronics stores. Need more than 1 LED per reservoir I suspect.
Here you go Dennis, online from the mainland (Qld)...http://www.ledshoponline.com/G4_MR11_LED_bulb.htm
Between $12 & $19... depending on how many LED's you want.
Just add 12v and a switch..., maybe need to make a little waterproof cover for the back too
Just the ticket.
 

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Well Hell, I did Chris -

Sorry about that - Just old I guess - :)
 

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Mate, you're just getting there ahead of the rest of us, that's all.... :D
 

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Thanks Chris, you've got me all keen. I might just cross to the dark side for a short time. Q. What's the difference between an Electrician and a computer ?
A. You only need to punch the information into a computer once.
Cheers, Dennis
 

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remember to take pics as you go, if it works, everyone will want to do it! :D
 

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I love this plan and want to be a part of it! I have already installed LED's on my bike and should definetly install more!! I am thinking some 2 purpose lights. Backlighting the res's and some subtle gound effects..... :)
 
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