Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Little More Light

Now that darkness is threatening again, it's time to light up the sidecar a little bit. These are the LED fog lights that I had put on the Cozy sidecar. I just used an aluminum angle fastened to the sidecar bumper. They are mounted a little bit higher than they were on the other sidecar. I roughly aimed them so they don't blind oncoming traffic. The purpose of the lights is to make the rig a little more visible rather than really lighting up the road.

I found this cheap handlebar switch on Amazon. It is designed to fit on a ⅞" handlebar and is labeled "Lights". The quality of the switch is okay i.e. cheap, but is probably more than adequate given the very low amperage of the fog lights. They are only 6 watts each or a total of 1 amp for the pair. I powered them off the headlight switch that I had installed a couple of weeks ago.

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  1. Looks pretty swish with the new lights!

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    1. Thank you! I had to look up "swish" as I had never heard the term before.

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    1. Thanks, the trip to Barrow was a reminder that darkness isn't that far away. Plus, I think that it helps visibility even during the day.

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  3. You may not blind oncoming traffic with the new lights, but you sure will make them wonder what the heck is coming at them - could it be a UFO?

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    1. Someone said that it looked like a pickup with a burned out headlight since the fog lights aren't centered under the headlight as normally done on a bike.

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  4. Looks good RichardM.....I'll look forward to a "night shot" with them on.....

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    1. Once I find myself out in the dark again...

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  5. Richard:

    that switch looks very nice. You could also silicone the seams. With your long winters being visible is a good idea

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    1. I didn't take it apart but I don't think that the switch mechanism itself is waterproof. And there aren't any seams to seal as the entire back of the housing is open to the handlebars. I'll see how long it lasts. The Ural doesn't have any sort of dashboard to mount many additional switches or indicators.

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