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Old 07-10-2009, 03:26 PM   #131 (permalink)
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It is hard to tell by the pictures... but is there really such a thing as a brake light that is too bright on an electric motorbike? Clear visibility in the day and unmistakable presence at night are good things

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Old 07-10-2009, 04:09 PM   #132 (permalink)
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It is hard to tell by the pictures... but is there really such a thing as a brake light that is too bright on an electric motorbike? Clear visibility in the day and unmistakable presence at night are good things
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:26 PM   #133 (permalink)
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Test assembly of the front fender/headlight/gauge console parts.

All of these parts will be dyed black soon.

More on these later.
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My coworkers thought I was arc-welding when I first turned it on.
As-is it's kind of painful to look at, even in a fully-lit shop.

It just needs some mild diffusion.

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Old 07-10-2009, 11:51 PM   #134 (permalink)
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I just made some led tails for my truck, and the lenses actually amplify the light. Hope I don't get a ticket for having too bright of tail lights, cuz this things are killer.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:06 AM   #135 (permalink)
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When you say "dyed black" are you using a vinyl dye like plasti-kote or duplicolor, or are you talking about a warm bath in RIT dye?
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When you say "dyed black" are you using a vinyl dye like plasti-kote or duplicolor, or are you talking about a warm bath in RIT dye?
Duplicolor car interior spray vinyl dye.
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Some progress on the gauge console and running light.





High beam is a Vision X Solstice LED which outputs 800 lumens at only 10 watts.
It was a little pricey, but I couldn't match its efficiency or output by making my own array.
Have to add a running light diffusor, remake the turn signals, and add a minimal fender.

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:43 PM   #138 (permalink)
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I just made some led tails for my truck, and the lenses actually amplify the light. Hope I don't get a ticket for having too bright of tail lights, cuz this things are killer.
I don't know about that, the strobe lights on the Highway Patrol cruisers are so bright that I can't not hit them, it is the only thing I can see!


Looking good, I finally see what the point of that front thing is

Have you ever considered a circuit breaker for the power? They have models that plug in like blade fuses, and you can get them from old cars with power seats, door locks, or windows. I just got a couple from the pick n pull, they were in an 82 GMC pickup with power windows and door locks (we needed the doors for a 73 Chevy that was pretty thrashed, so I picked up the harness as well.)

Keep on moving, and I don't trust set screws, give me a woodruff key and a bolt in the end of the shaft any day. Although I guess you have the bearings on the end of the shaft in this design.
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Diffusors made a big difference. Brake light LEDs are still VERY bright, but no longer eye-piercingly so.


Attached a ring magnet to the top of the gas cap,

So that I can set it on the frame when the bike is charging.


Remade the parts for the front turn signals, which will be getting orange LEDs once they arrive.

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Have you ever considered a circuit breaker for the power?
The fuses are only there for fault protection. I don't anticipate them blowing unless something else has failed catastrophically.
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I'm not sold on that light bar thing up front, but awesome work none the less.

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