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PostSubject: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 21:08

I just completed a project of installing a new switch for my light bar. It is illuminated when off and goes dark when on. I don't know why, it just is that way. For day time riding it is not an issue. I never turn the lights off. However at night, I do turn them off in oncoming traffic. The problem is in cold weather with heavy gloves, I can not see or feel the switch. I expect to learn where it is with experience, but for now, I would like to maybe run a filament of fiber optic fiber from some source to just put a little illumination in the swith area. Do any of you have a suggestion or another idea that would help me?
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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 21:27

Maybe one of those flashlight type lamps that straps around your head would be of value??? Laughing cyclops clown
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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 21:56

Gary, Do you have anything that attaches to your brake reservoir yet?
Kuryakyn makes a Accessory Switch for Master Cylinder Reservoir Cover


This switch is made for goldwing but we use the same reservoir so it will
work on our bike as well.
It will not only give you a switch for the light bar, but two other items to be figured out later.
Not cheap. But get the cover, do it the install once, and have a head start on solving future problems.

There are many other switches on the market too.

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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 21:59

Would luminescent paint work? I don't even know if they make such a product, but a trip to an auto parts store might help. Also would a strip of reflective tape near the switch help until you are comfotable with finding the switch? I like low tech solutions Now Betty may like high tech, but that's for ya'll to decide. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 22:29

Actually, all three of you have made doable suggestions. I do have (somewhere) one of those little LED clips that clip to the bill of a cap that I might could set something up.

No, Dan, I do not have anything on the reservoir. So, that is an option. I like the looks of that Kuryakyn switch. It is not really all that expensive for all it does. I will consider that, especially if the switch I just installed today doesn't work out. Do you have it and if you do, how do you like it?

Lewis, I do have some reflective tape that I hadn't thought of. I don't do a lot of night riding so I didn't realize what dark was until I drove to town and back today after dark. Could not see anything on the handle bars when I turned the switch off. The tape may work until I get used to it.

I really like the looks of that Kuryakyn switch assembly. May put that on my Christmas list for the grandkids to buy for me. I really have been good this year.

Thanks guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Tue 29 Nov 2011, 22:48

No Gary I don't have it.
I put my 3 switches into the plastic on the center of the handlebars (see my album for that.)
Those are basic automotive dash switches that you can pick up in an auto parts store. They light up when on, but are easy to find when off.

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PostSubject: Re: Put a little light on a subject   Wed 30 Nov 2011, 12:25

Gary,
There is a wide range of illuminated switches on Ebay. You may find something there that stays lit whilst in both the on and off positions.
Worth a look on your ebay over the pond.

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