Higher Road Profile - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Motorcycle Safety Discuss safety ideas/tactics or safety-related products.
Ride Smart!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
Smile Higher Road Profile

Always striving to raise my riding profile and be more noticeable, after istalling a Stebel air horn for audio volume, I have just mounted my Optronics driving lamps. Took out the 50W bulbs and replaced them with 20W narrow angle spots. Next step is to wire them up as soon as I can decide on a switch and where to place it.

Picture attached so anyone with an opinion feel free to share.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Drive-Lites-sml.jpg
Views:	223
Size:	64.7 KB
ID:	1080  
Gemguy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 05:01 PM
Love My Baby
 
rubyrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Posts: 1,165
iTrader: (1)
   
Very nice looking driving lights. I love your American flag emblem too. I guess you only want the driving lights on at night and that's why you want a separate switch for them? If this is correct, I would still have the power hooked up after the ignition so that when the bike is off, the driving lights are off too, even if the switch is accidentally left on. Otherwise if you had them on during the day for some reason, and shut off the bike, you might walk away without realizing the lights were left on, and your battery would be dead when you returned.

Is it not OK to have the driving lights on day or night whenever the bike is on? If you could hook the lights up with the headlamp, the light would not come on when you first turn on the key, until you actually start the bike. That would save on battery drain, too.

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

Place your mouse on the X below and drag to the O

X
Even though you can't see Him, GOD is there! O
rubyrick is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 05:28 PM
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
I would wire it into the headlight high beams
slimvulcanrider is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
Thank you ruby and slim. I am reluctant to wire it into the headlamp circuit because that already draws 55 and 65 watts on high beam. If I add another 40 watts into that circuit it may overload that circuit fuse. What I intend to do, as I did with my horn, is wire a relay into the headlight circuit so it's only operational when the motor is running. I am planing to do the same here by adding another relay into that circuit so the driving lamps only work when the motor is running.

As far as the switch, opposed to keeping them on all the time, my thoughts are like this. These are narrow angle spot halogen beams. They should be very effective at night. During the day they would be noticeable too but they may be blinding to oncoming drivers and I don't think that's right to do. I am looking at a lighted switch so I can tell when the lights are on and only use them when there is no oncoming traffic. Basically I hate when someone is coming toward me with their high beams on and make it difficult for me to see where I am going until they pass. So that's my thinking. If there is something I am overlooking, please let me know.
Gemguy is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 07:00 PM
Lebanon, NJ
 
Hiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Lebanon, NJ
Posts: 437
iTrader: (1)
 
"During the day they would be noticeable too but they may be blinding to oncoming drivers and I don't think that's right to do."

Wouldn't they do the same at night?

Hiker is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 07:06 PM
Love My Baby
 
rubyrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Posts: 1,165
iTrader: (1)
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gemguy View Post
I am looking at a lighted switch so I can tell when the lights are on and only use them when there is no oncoming traffic.
And why would you only use your driving lights when there's no oncoming traffic? Isn't the purpose of the driving lights to make you more visible to oncoming traffic?

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

Place your mouse on the X below and drag to the O

X
Even though you can't see Him, GOD is there! O
rubyrick is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 08:09 PM
Sparky!!!
 
slimvulcanrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8,695
iTrader: (3)
   
Garage
just aim the lights lower...i agree you would want to be able to turn them off...hence put them into the high beams
slimvulcanrider is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
I thought that driving lights were so I could better see where I was going at night just like the bright beams on my car. The reason that I want to put a switch on them is so when there is oncoming traffic, just like I go to low beam on my car, I can go to low beam on the bike and shut off the driving lamps. When the oncoming traffic passes I can turn them back on. To me that makes sense.
Gemguy is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 12:43 AM
Linkmeister Supreme
 
OlHossCanada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 7,960
iTrader: (8)
   
I do not have driving lights yet, but have been thinking if I put some on, to hook up a relay to an ignition controled circuit other than the headlights. My reason is that if the headlight`s circuit goes out at night, I still have the driving lights to get home. They would still have to have an on/off switch separate from the headlights, but would go off with the ignition key.

Gordon

1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/11-vn750-general-discussion/9127-top-ten-items-you-would-suggest-new-owner-do-his-new-ride.html
OlHossCanada is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 05:24 AM
Love My Baby
 
rubyrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Posts: 1,165
iTrader: (1)
   
What OlHoss says makes a lot of sense. However, I'm a bit confused about why we would only use the driving lights with the high beams. I thought that the driving lights were equivalent to the fog lamps on my Tacoma. I use them whenever the lights are on to improve my visibility to others, and they light up my way in foggy conditions when I should NOT be using the high beams. It's safe to use the fog lamps against oncoming traffic because they shine lower than the headlamps.

And if you wired the driving lights as OlHoss stated, you would still have lights to get home if your headlamp circuit quit on you at night, but now those driving lights would not be blinding oncoming traffic.

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

Place your mouse on the X below and drag to the O

X
Even though you can't see Him, GOD is there! O
rubyrick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome