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|Sep 13th, 2010 11:01 pm|
|mikeyr||yup, it would have come in handy, the kit comes with a t-tap which cuts wires and I don't like it but all I had large posi-tap's I have to get some smaller ones. I like those things.|
|Sep 13th, 2010 8:16 pm|
Sounds like a case where a Posi-tap might have worked well.
Originally Posted by mikeyr
|Sep 13th, 2010 6:34 pm|
well that harness wont work on the K13GT, at least the manufacturer said it will work and plug in but it does not fit well and the parking lamp becomes almost invisible as it gets moved to far and you have to zip tie the parking lamp in place.
So I just spliced into the blue-white wire in the parking lamp, I hated to splice into it as I always figure that will cause a problem down the road but its done, rest was dead easy of course. It was super easy to get to that wire through the turn signal opening, nothing else to remove. I also cut the loop wire on the hyperlites to make them flash only 5 seconds.
Done ! I am visible now !!! unless soccer mom or teenager is texting of course.
|Sep 9th, 2010 4:56 pm|
|mikeyr||I like the idea of a harness already being available on the parking light, have to look into that one. I would like on/off with the key I think, not sure why just makes more sense to me, so parking light or accessory plug. Off to hunt for that harness you mentioned Ken, plug-and-play is always my first choice|
|Sep 9th, 2010 2:51 pm|
How you want things to turn On/Off will specify where you tap into the bike at for the relay trigger wire. Here are your options:
ON all the time - direct to battery (my GPS units are wired this way with no relay).
ON with the key and OFF ~60 seconds after the key - use the Red/White wire from the GPS accessory plug, located up in front of the battery.
ON with the key and OFF with the key - use either the extra power socket on the left side of the bike, or the parking light up near the headlight (for which there is a plug & play harness available).
ON when the engine starts (as opposed to when the key is turned on) and OFF with the key - use the Low Beam light feed, although this does require splicing in to the existing wiring.
|Sep 9th, 2010 1:08 pm|
I have both HyperLites and MotoLites, and am well pleased with both.
I set the HyperLites to only flash 5 seconds partially because I understand that is a legal limit in California.
I do not know if this is typically enforced.
|Sep 9th, 2010 12:40 pm|
For the Motolights, I use an Autoswitch ( link ).
They have installation instructions and photos on their website for the K1200GT and the R1200GS as well. Very well documented as to which wires to access. Mine is set to trigger through the turn signal cancel button (a 2 second press activates the Autoswitch). No other external switch is needed.
|Sep 9th, 2010 11:51 am|
The motolight harness has a inline fuse and I would not wire it up without one anyway (I own several old british cars, well aware of electrical gremlins and what happens to unfused circuits). Wiring up the lights to battery is not a problem, its that trigger wire that I was asking what people are using for the trigger. I am going to see about hooking it up to the lights in the fairing, hoping I don't have to take too much crap off to get to it.
|Sep 9th, 2010 11:44 am|
yes that is a serious concern and one that my wife and i have talked about already. The hyperlites let you cut a wire and will flash for 5 seconds and go solid, I have not yet cut the wire so they flash continuously when my brakes are on for now.
My wife is concerned I might annoy people behind me and they might do something stupid to make sure they are in front of me at the next stop light. My daughter said with constant flashing she would likely assume I was some idiot driving with my emergency flashers on and not think of it as a brake light.
I generally avoid riding in groups so I wont be part of a light show like you were but it is a concern.
|Sep 8th, 2010 10:10 pm|
you did mention that you are aware that flashing will annoy drivers behind. I don't want to rain on your july 4 but this is one experience I had. A few years back I volunteered to drive for a Ironman competition. The day arrived for a practice run with the 24 or so motor bikes on the bike course. Almost everyone was a seasoned rider and even a 6 goldwing stunt team was in the mix. As we pulled out onto the street I was about 12 in line. At the first stoplight brake lights went on. I was shocked- stunned-annoyed whatever. All combinations of lights flickered, blinked, above, below and aside of the license plates. Watching the show I almost forgot to stop. When we were making a turn at a stop you could differentiate the direction the bikes were going to turn. It was very confusing. I made up my mind then I was staying stock on my lights. Give it some thought and be safe.
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