Most popular lights for these bikes?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Bearcamp, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Bearcamp

    Bearcamp New Member

    Here in Pa. we have to have headlight and tail light. Don't know about turns. What is the lighting that most use and that holds up good?
     

  2. NunyaBidness

    NunyaBidness Member

    a lighting system for these motor bikes is a much discussed topic here
    you can do a little searching on "light" and wind up with a LOT of reading to do
    personally, after reading a lot of posts talking about lights for a motor bike, I'm going to talk with a friend, who is getting the same motor, and has worked for years with low amp electronics, and see if we can't come up with something.
     
  3. Bearcamp

    Bearcamp New Member

    Wow,,,,that would be nice. See I was thinking about the denerator type with head and tail. But turns I'm a little puzzled. Hand signals I guess, lol
     
  4. NunyaBidness

    NunyaBidness Member

    yea, with over 50k miles on a non motored bike, hand signals is what I use when needed for turns,
    I would like to see if I could get some rechargeable head/tail lights. wire these to a motorcycle battery and somehow use the white wire to charge the battery.
    for now I have a tail light for a bicycle that is hot glued to my CamelBack that I always wear when I'm putting any kind of miles on. Don't currently have a head light.
     
  5. Bearcamp

    Bearcamp New Member

    What about a small solar panel?
     
  6. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    VW ships cars to the US with solar panels plugged into cig lighters for battery topoff. In new car inspection, techs liberate said panels and sell them on ebay. Good companion for a 12v battery system, but it would take a week to charge for ~10 minutes of light output. Know your amps, amp-hours, and watts; many people overdo the light output for the amp input and amphour storage.

    After searching for aeons you won't find any breakthrough "white wire" answers b/c very little (.5A at 6v) power is available, and it's hard to step this up to the 12v you'd need to charge a battery or run commonly available lights.

    My setup is a 7.5 amphour sealed lead acid battery running a cheap 55watt foglight; the math says I'll get 1.63 hours of service at 100% discharge but it's bad for the battery to get drained more than 50% regularly so it fits my 45 minute commute perfectly. Taillight is a cheap red 12v marker light; it's kinda dim running on the white wire but not horribly so.

    I got the tail light at advance auto, $2.68 and it looks super cool like a 59 caddy.

    Taillight
    headlight
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  7. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    I think I'm gonna get two ring clamps (one on handlebar, other one slid thru perpendicularly, holding my flashlight) and a Coast LED Lenser P7 flashlight.

    I bought my first Coast flashlight at WalMart a couple years ago and have loved it, but the button on mine actually got stuck, so I bought a new one with "focusable prism reflector" light, model no. 7436. It's AMAZING light for 2 AA batteries... the optics on this lens are mind-boggling!! There aren't really "dark spots" like you'd see with other focusing lenses because of the way the lens is shaped.

    Anyway, this 7436 Coast flashlight (only 41 lumens) is MUCH better than my narrow-beamed Cateye EL530. That thing is a piece of junk, and nobody should ever buy it for a MB... it's useless.

    As great as the 7436 is, I'd prefer a bit more light... so I'm also gonna buy the 7345s (6-LED design, non-focusable) and P7-8407 (167 lumens, focusable lens) from this site. I'm trying to figure out if the 6-LED cloverleaf design provides a wider beam, or at least a brighter beam when the focusable light has the same beam width. Either way, I'll never be able to own enough of these flashlights, and everybody here should try one of 'em.

    The P7 is prolly a bit much ($100) for a bicycle headlight, but I think it'll be worth it to me. It's supposed to put out 167 lumens (711 feet effective range) for 130 hours just from 4-AAA batteries & one single 4.45 Watt LED!!!! I'd essentially never need to worry about batteries again, or wiring anything up & using the tiniest extra bit of gas... and I'll certainly be able to see everything in front of me, which is most important.
     
  8. sparky

    sparky Active Member

  9. Warner

    Warner Member

    Thanks for that info Sparky....good stuff! I e-mailed the guy on there that mods the flashlights asking for a reccommendation....will keep you posted with his response....

    Warner
     
  10. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Please do tell me what he says!

    I woulda bought one of those modded Coast lights, but I read that he stopped selling 'em. I figured I'd at least show you guys what *one* LED can do for you. It's hard to surpass the things that make these Coast flashlights so aweseome, like efficiency & optics.
     
  11. Warner

    Warner Member

    I'll let you know when (if?) I hear back from him. It does seem like a good idea for a bike headlight and would likely be cheaper than an "official" light made for bikes by a company specializing in that. Fabbing a bracket shouldn't be a big deal......and using nicad rechargeable batteries seems like it would make sense. I'll keep you posted. If you don't hear anything from me, it's because I didn't hear anything from HIM! Thanks again....


    Warner
     
  12. Madwack

    Madwack Member

    Most populour..i doubt

    some realy nice lights fer these Happy Bikes or any bike fer that matter....Nighthawk HED light system...running time at 100% is 2.5 hours....and its blinding..to bright...i run at 50% 5 hours run time..more then enuff.....has 4 settings 100/75/??something...also when battery is low it will goto low power mode 10%....at least ya got lights....another mode these lights have is flashing strobe effect....if yer a hippy and stop along yer trip fer a wOOt!!..well there is good fun to be had.....as far as a back like goes..i picked up a BELL rear light from wallmart.....this has no turn signals..but it is bright....has 6 modes solid and variations of flashing...now i say populour NOT becuz of there cost...the Nighthawk are 250$..hehe more then the engine :)...back light is cheep thou from wallmart 10$

    Cheers

    Madwack

    oya almost fergot one of the modes fer the nighthawk....Fire Effect ....wOOp!!
    also the nighthawk is 100% made in Canada..so quality is there.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2008
  13. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    So, yea... I thought I was crazy for trying to find a $100 headlight, but you have far surpassed my craziness.

    I had only seen beamshots of other Coast lights, but I came across a review with shots of this $100 Coast P7 (model no. 8407) flashlight that I'm so close to buying, and it's VERY impressive to me.
    http://the-gadgeteer.com/review/led_lenser_p7_led_flashlight_8407_

    On the brightest setting, wide beam.... I wouldn't honestly expect 130 hours, but if I can get 30 hours from just 4-AAA batteries in that compact & lightweight design... I'll be stoked.

    I paid close to $50 for that Cateye EL530, and it was junk. This Coast LED Lenser P7 is a far superior light that runs on AAA instead of AA, for a far brighter & wider beam in a smaller package. AMAZING!!
     
  14. Warner

    Warner Member

    I'm thinking more and more about making my own light and buying a lawn tractor sized battery that I can just slap on the battery charger when needed. I'm not even going to do any of this until I find out if I'm going to get hassled by "the man" on my commute, as I won't NEED a light until much later in the season. Right now it's light out when I leave for work and long after I come home, too.

    Warner


    Here's a website I found that has some interesting ideas for lighting:

    http://nordicgroup.us/s78/headlights.html
     
  15. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Yea, the only other lighting design I've seen was a guy who took a headlamp from an old school motorcycle w/ a halogen light inside. I think the optics on the lamp was what made it, but the lamps (lens part) in that link look pretty similar.
     
  16. sparky

    sparky Active Member

  17. Madwack

    Madwack Member

    The name speaks fer itself

    Madwack :)

    http://img523.imageshack.us/my.php?image=chopperred001hk2.jpg

    image of my bike in the build stage...the lights look good on it...they no old school..but hey...u can see the battery pack just below the seat..fills in the hole nicely

    also when it comes to speedometers...do not get wireless...do not buy cheap....the speedo's wires shouldnt be 2 single wires...it should be 1 wire with the 2nd wrapped around it.....TREK makes good speedo..not cheap

    also take the kill switch off....use yer choke to turn off the engine

    those wires leading up to yer handle bars almost seems to act as a antenna for the electro-magnetic interference.....

    also change yer spark plug wire pronto....yes go out to the garage and take one off yer dads car..he wont notice ...hehe....this will also help cut down on electro-****-magnetic ****...i noticed my lights getting power...from thin air

    just some thoughts

    Maddy
     
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