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post #1 of 10 Old 08-18-2010, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Spot/ marker lights

Hi Everyone,
I have a 2009 red KLR to which I've added the higher screen; bark busters; crash bars; center stand; GIVI top box; and 45 ltr GIVI panniers.
Following a survey which I read regarding the need to be seen, I have attempted to run spot lights (fixed to a lower attachment) on the crash bars. While they stayed on, they had the desired effect. Other motorists definitely saw me coming, and resisted the urge to cut across my path.
The problem is that the only spots that I've found in South Africa so far, small enough, are cheap Chinese junk, and they take just a few weeks to fall off, due to the vibration generated by this bike.
I've tried using indicator lights with clear lenses (unfortunately also Chinese) which last about 10 kms.
I am not necessarily trying to see better at night; but rather to be seen. So quartz halogen is not absolutely necessary.
Does anyone have a better idea, or am I "farting against thunder" with this?
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Hi Everyone,
I have a 2009 red KLR to which I've added the higher screen; bark busters; crash bars; center stand; GIVI top box; and 45 ltr GIVI panniers.
Following a survey which I read regarding the need to be seen, I have attempted to run spot lights (fixed to a lower attachment) on the crash bars. While they stayed on, they had the desired effect. Other motorists definitely saw me coming, and resisted the urge to cut across my path.
The problem is that the only spots that I've found in South Africa so far, small enough, are cheap Chinese junk, and they take just a few weeks to fall off, due to the vibration generated by this bike.
I've tried using indicator lights with clear lenses (unfortunately also Chinese) which last about 10 kms.
I am not necessarily trying to see better at night; but rather to be seen. So quartz halogen is not absolutely necessary.
Does anyone have a better idea, or am I "farting against thunder" with this?

I believe in the "triangle of light" effect and have mounted truck LED marker lights on my crash bars. I used the 2" amber lights and made brackets to mount them. They are plenty bright for oncoming traffic. I'm of the opinion that amber (or the green fog light type color) is a better choice to differentiate the headlight.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-18-2010, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Spots/marker lights

Thx for this Spec. I'll try the local truck/ trailer accessory shops here to see if they can help.
I'm pleased to see that you and I follow the same Light!!
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The problem is that the only spots that I've found in South Africa so far, small enough, are cheap Chinese junk
I'm so tired of all the South Africans whining about not being able to find anything.. Both times that I've been to South Africa, I didn't have any problems finding anything.. Then again, I didn't look, either..

Welcome to the site!! There's a few RSA members here, and as I've always found those in South Africa, they're all great people with excellent stories and photos to show!! I'd love to go back some day, myself!!

And what part of RSA do you reside?? I only got a chance to work for a couple weeks around Jo'berg and Durban..
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Greetings Paper! Whine we certainly do, especially when we see what you guys are able to get State side. Anyway, a good friend heard me whining the other day and sagely said, "Oh, dry your eyes."
On a more serious note, I'm glad you enjoyed you short stay here. i live in a little town called Howick; which is between Durban and Johannesburg. It's about 110 kms out of Durban. (About an easy 1 hr drive.)
Pot holes are getting more extravagant, but it is still great biking terrain.
Visit again if you get a chance. I'll get the coffee going!
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Visit again if you get a chance. I'll get the coffee going!
One of these days I need to burn some FF Miles..

I've got old friends down there I haven't seen in years, and a lot of great folks I BS with on the internet that I'd love to meet!!
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Coffee??? That just back a funny memory.

While working at the paper mill outside of Durban, I was joking with the one secratary and she was doing a crossword puzzle with a bunch of USA questions.. I was helping, when I could and she asked me how I liked RSA???

I told her that the oddest thing for me was the coffee.. In the US, coffee is real, and milk is fake.. In RSA (and many other areas) coffee is instant and milk is real.. She laughed and asked me if I wanted brewed coffee???
I of course said yes, so she pulled open a door and in there was a Mr. Coffee, with a fresh pot in it..

She said, with a bitter tone, "That's the German's coffee. I won't touch that stuff!!".
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There are 2 mounting holes, one on each side of my highway pegs. The perfect place to mount 2 small but adequate spot lights.
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-04-2010, 07:57 PM
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one thing that should not be overlooked is that having extra lights can come in handy if your main light burns out or takes a rock. That way you can at least make it to home or your next destination.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-22-2010, 02:57 PM
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i agree with the "triangle of light" theory as well nice article thanks!!!
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