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lostforawhile 01-23-13 08:57 PM

post your light setups on your vintage bike
 
Post up your light setups on your vintage bike,

When I got the '71 super sport, it had a rusted Star headlight, and a non functional rusted generator, I couldn't save the chrome on the headlight, So I ended up painting it black, and machining an adapter to fit a 6 volt LED replacement bulb in place of the original bulb, The light retains all of it's originality, other then the bulb, it was one of the lights with a brass thumbscrew you unscrew, then the light would swing open.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...5-19-39_21.jpg

I needed a way to run the wire along the frame, without using tape, zip ties, etc. I came up with the idea of making two aluminum split clamps, I then threaded a piece of teflon coated aircraft wire, through a black cable housing, the housing goes through a hole in the headlight bracket, then directly into the back of the headlight, there is an aluminum clamp with setscrew, inside of the headlight to hold the cable.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...-19-09_783.jpg

At the back of the bike, I made this little insulator, and bracket for the cable housing. I used brown phenolic, as was often used in the 70's, and made the knurled nut that holds the wires to the post. I used the teflon aircraft wire with bare connectors, it looks like 70's generator wire

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...-18-41_700.jpg

I machined the rear light out of aluminum bar stock, the lens is a glass aircraft position light lens, I used a flashlight lens on the inside, and used a 6 volt LED bulb replacement. It's extremely bright at night, and easy to see. I also used more brown phenolic plastic for the back of the light, as it gives it a dated look. It had gotten bumped in the picture, but I have it made in such a way,that it's angled up towards drivers.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...-18-33_606.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...5-18-09_73.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...-17-16_716.jpg

I made a separate battery pack that holds 4 AA batteries, it's in an old glucose meter case, I used a weather pack connector to attach it, so it's easy to disconnect and change batteries. The switch is a mini toggle switch on an L racket, attached to the seat post bolt, it simply grounds when on. I do a lot of riding at night, less traffic, and I enjoy being out at night, everything has worked perfectly so far, The only issue is the headlight is a projector beam, so I wear an additional helmet light to illuminate street signs etc.

Burton 01-24-13 04:19 AM

Cool! Quite a bit of inginuity in that setup!


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