Turn signals, evil thoughts

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by kerf, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Last week I had a little problem with my throttle, so instead of fixing the one on the bike, I decided to swap it for an old Honda unit I had. Since the Honda twist grip had the integral turn signal switch and I am already running a 12v lighting system, with a flasher, I figured what the heck. It seems to be working as planed and if the rain stops, I'll be road testing this weekend.

    I started with a bicycle and just wanted to put a motor on it but is seems to be morphing into a moped every time I touch it.

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  2. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    You look to be set up for some serious adventuring! Enjoy!
  3. biken stins

    biken stins Member

  4. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I love your bike Kerf. I would have centered the front signals more and used a white reflector but whatever. I've been working on a similar system for the NEXT using yellow clearance lights as you have, however I've found removing the outer mounting point and instead using a short self taping screw gives it more of a normal motorcycle turn signal look. Just a thought, it looks like you're just in the experimental phase with it anyhow. Good luck, I wish I could ride that beast!
  5. kerf

    kerf Guest

    No, the experiential stage is long past. I've just finished separating the turn circuit from the lighting system and adding a separate diode isolated circuit. The system now has:

    20w 10 deg. spot halogen headlight.

    6w dual bulb tail light.

    9W front & rear parking lights.

    R/L turn signals, front & rear.

    Front and rear flashing warning hazard lights.

    Speedometer mount offsets front lights. Changing the mount is an interesting cosmetic idea I may look at.
  6. kerf

    kerf Guest

    What the heck, I've come this far, might as well shoot the whole nine yards. I've added a brake light below the tail light and used a momentary contact switch to the rear brake. The brake cable "J" tube moved to almost touch my forward gear box strut, so I placed the switch in the strut. I think I'm finished with the lighting system.

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  7. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member


    Thats a **** of a nice setup Kerf! I have some questions Kerf if I may,Are you using a regular automotive flasher unit like the kind that plugs into the fuse panel on cars (metal cylinder shape)? and is it mounted inside the gray switch box on the front of your bike? are you using a small lead acid sealed battery that you simply hook up a charger to when it gets low? thanks Mac
  8. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Just a standard two prong thermal flasher and yes it's inside the control box. The power is a 12v / 5ah AGM, there's a connector on the side of the battery case that I plug a 3 amp charger into. Takes about 1 hour to take it from 50% to full charge. Here's a peek inside my control box.

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  9. LuccianoPezziano

    LuccianoPezziano New Member

    You the man. Your legal in any state you choose to ride. Great thinking! I may swipe some of your ideas in my build.
  10. kerf

    kerf Guest

    What's mine is yours, hope I can help.
  11. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    "I started with a bicycle and just wanted to put a motor on it but is seems to be morphing into a moped every time I touch it."

    I know how you feel kerf thats for sure, my fist build,my poor old gebe looks like it came out of the transformers movie. In the next few months i hope to give it some TLC and fall back in love with my first baby......
  12. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    wow kerf -- nice looking FULLY EQUIPED MOTOR BIKE THING

    any pooolice pulling one over on that -- would have a hard time saying you are

    lacking anyTHING

    have fun when you ride that thing
  13. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    All thats missing is a 12v DC horn. Easily acquired and installed.
  14. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    That's a pretty cool setup you got there!
    You got room for a Garmin Nav unit? I had my GPS strapped to my bike to verify the accuracy of the $10 electronic speedo. (It was dead accurate!) Got some pretty strange looks from passing cars. (As if the MoBi wsn't enough, the glowing LCD screen must have seemed strange!)
  15. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I love the full suspension bike setup and how you got the engine to mount to it, and that the shock bolt was used for the mount as well. Your electrical system is very nice too! The bike looks WAY different now than a regular full suspension Mongoose!

  16. sangesf

    sangesf Banned

    On Tuesday of this coming week, I should be getting my final pieces to my bike. I'll probably post pics on here on Wednesday with all the "bling" I've added. :)

    Just I'm being mildly confusing, but You'll see when It's all done. :)
  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    nice full blown out and in motorized bicycle

    I sure do like that THING !!!

    have fun -- wished by -- MM
  18. wmgeorge

    wmgeorge New Member

    Powered by?

    I must of missed something, perhaps on another thread, how are you powering all these lights? Do you have an on board generator or a rechargeable battery? Thanks. BG
  19. kerf

    kerf Guest

    5AH 12V AGM. Charges from the wall, will operate the system for 1.5 hours.
  20. wmgeorge

    wmgeorge New Member


    Ok, sounds like it would work. You did an great job on your motorized bike, very nice.