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Old 09-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #2131
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Cool2 LED strips on the handguards

I finally installed the LED strips on the handguards on my R1150GS. I bought a spool (5m) of these LEDs over a year ago (edit: almost two years ago!), and had connectorized and sealed them already a while ago. Now I finally installed and connected them. Initially I was thinking of hooking them up between +12V and the positive tap of the turn signals, but now I just connected them in parallel to the parking light. They are pretty bright.
I cleaned the handguards with some prep solvent (leftover from painting my cases mandarin yellow), so hopefully the adhesive on the LED strips will hold up.
Here are some pics:


Wiring (fully connectorized):

That parking light is a bear to get to, and of course the bulb gave up in the middle of installation. Radio Shack had some 14V 200mA that fit.

With high beam:



Added: These strips are about 0.2W/LED, 7.2W/meter. They have three 150 Ohm series resistors (labeled '151') per group of three LEDs. I think these 5050 SMD LEDs put out about 50 lumens/Watt, but I'm not sure.
Picture at dusk, to show the amount of light thrown back on the bike, and to the side:


Added: post with details for connectors etc.: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=17

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Old 09-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #2132
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You did a very nice job with that but I want to ask you: at night when those LEDs are on is someone coming at you able to see your turn signals? I always get concerned when bright LED lights are so close to turn signals that they may cause oncoming traffic to be unable to notice you turning. please be sure of that for your own safety
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:43 PM   #2133
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Changed oil in the engine, trans and F/D for the final time.
So, yesterday more shopping.
So, what did you have, and more importantly, what are you getting next?
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #2134
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I finally installed the LED strips on the handguards on my R1150GS. I bought a spool (5m) of these LEDs over a year ago, and had connectorized and sealed them already a while ago. Now I finally installed and connected them. Initially I was thinking of hooking them up between +12V and the positive tap of the turn signals, but now I just connected them in parallel to the parking light. They are pretty bright.
I cleaned the handguards with some prep solvent (leftover from painting my cases mandarin yellow), so hopefully the adhesive on the LED strips will hold up.
Here are some pics:


Wiring (fully connectorized):

That parking light is a bear to get to, and of course the bulb gave up in the middle of installation. Radio Shack had some 14V 200mA that fit.

With high beam:
I did a similar thing, but used yellow LEDs and tied them into my turn signals. I was going to put some white LED's vertically up the lower struts but have not done so. My turn signal LED strips have been on most of this year and show no sign of peeling off. I still need to add some to the Jesse's as well as red for running/brake lights.

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:11 PM   #2135
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I did a similar thing, but used yellow LEDs and tied them into my turn signals. I was going to put some white LED's vertically up the lower struts but have not done so. My turn signal LED strips have been on most of this year and show no sign of peeling off. I still need to add some to the Jesse's as well as red for running/brake lights.
Good to know about the peeling (or lack thereof). Our under-the-counter kitchen strips (same LEDs) have been up for over a year, but are less exposed to the elements.
Strips + turn signals: you could wire them so they alternate with your turn signals, and are on the rest of the time. You'd just put their + connection to steady 12V, and the negative side to the (intermittent) +12V of the turn signals. When the turn signals are not on, the LEDs get their ground through them. As they draw much less current, the turn signals should stay dark. Somebody here actually did that, it's not my idea.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #2136
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Good to know about the peeling (or lack thereof). Our under-the-counter kitchen strips (same LEDs) have been up for over a year, but are less exposed to the elements.
Strips + turn signals: you could wire them so they alternate with your turn signals, and are on the rest of the time. You'd just put their + connection to steady 12V, and the negative side to the (intermittent) +12V of the turn signals. When the turn signals are not on, the LEDs get their ground through them. As they draw much less current, the turn signals should stay dark. Somebody here actually did that, it's not my idea.
I really like that idea. I am home this week so will try that out. I wanted them as running / turn lights but did not put a lot of thought how to make it happen. I appreciate the tip!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:08 AM   #2137
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I fitted a nicer angel eye LED to my 90mm headlight (I don't ride with this headlight on during the day). Not sure why it is giving a green tinge to the reflected back light. I may have to get rid of the backlighting to enhance the angel eye effect.

New LED angel eye
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:36 AM   #2138
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I fitted a nicer angel eye LED to my 90mm headlight (I don't ride with this headlight on during the day). Not sure why it is giving a green tinge to the reflected back light. I may have to get rid of the backlighting to enhance the angel eye effect.

New LED angel eye
This is what I had before but the LED's were spaced too far apart. I have found a one which looks very much like the ones on the BMW cars but it is very definately a Daytime Running Light and far too bright to get a roadworthy certificate with. In NZ, the law has it that you have to have a headlight on in the day and DRLs have to switch off when you put a headlight on (transferred from the car legislation I guess) so it will only pass as a position light.

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Old 09-09-2013, 06:56 AM   #2139
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Had a 2004 1150 Adventure, no idea yet what's next. I'm kind of bi-polar when bike shopping.
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So, what did you have, and more importantly, what are you getting next?
Right now, leaning two directions, 690, or 990 or maybe go old man crazy and get a dream bike.

Guess that's tree directions.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:42 AM   #2140
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Had a 2004 1150 Adventure, no idea yet what's next. I'm kind of bi-polar when bike shopping.

Right now, leaning two directions, 690, or 990 or maybe go old man crazy and get a dream bike.

Guess that's tree directions.
Can't go wrong with either of those
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:19 AM   #2141
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Had a 2004 1150 Adventure, no idea yet what's next. I'm kind of bi-polar when bike shopping.

Right now, leaning two directions, 690, or 990 or maybe go old man crazy and get a dream bike.

Guess that's tree directions.
My 650X Challenge is for sale and still available... just sayin'...
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:56 AM   #2142
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Yeah I saw that earlier. Lots to consider now that I'm bikeles for sure.
Then I spotted this 1098S. which lead me to a 2008 690R with safari tank and bits. (I was looking at MV's ).
Now, I'm back to trying to beat the dealers down. I've all but given up on the 990 idea. The fuel economy is just too crap for me to be interested. After everything standing in the noonday sun, we are all KLR riders at heart. Cheap as cheap can be.

When I stopped in to buy my last oil filter Brown Motor Works has a 2004 1150 Adventure same color as mine sitting there with only a few more miles on it than when mine was new to me, and not too bad price wise. Jesses on it and some other bits I suppose. I don't think I'll go there.

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Old 09-09-2013, 02:48 PM   #2143
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...When I stopped in to buy my last oil filter Brown Motor Works has a 2004 1150 Adventure same color as mine sitting there with only a few more miles on it than when mine was new to me, and not too bad price wise. Jesses on it and some other bits I suppose. I don't think I'll go there.
The KTM 690 and 990 are great bikes. The 690 should get 45-50mpg. The 990 will not be that generous.

I took a look at their inventory. Great looking bike. If you spent more than a few seconds looking at it though...

It can't hurt to take her for a ride
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #2144
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So the last of it,
Oiled and cleaned up a bit,



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Old 09-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #2145
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This is what I had before but the LED's were spaced too far apart. I have found a one which looks very much like the ones on the BMW cars but it is very definately a Daytime Running Light and far too bright to get a roadworthy certificate with. In NZ, the law has it that you have to have a headlight on in the day and DRLs have to switch off when you put a headlight on (transferred from the car legislation I guess) so it will only pass as a position light.

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Could you kindly provide a link to the Angel Eye (the new one you have)? Thanks in advance.
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