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Courtesy lights?
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:42:11 am »
One of things that has always pee'ed me off about bikes is that they are crap in the dark until you fire them up.

You park up somewhere and when you come back its gone dark and they only way you find your bike is either plipping the alarm or falling over the bloody thing.

And even when you find it the ignition barrel is a total mystery in the dark with fumbling and cursing and then you have to take the key out or use your spare to open the panniers to get your kit out and then you can't find the bloody ignition again......

Why can't bikes have courtesy lights that come on when you plip to show you what you are doing? Cars have had these things since the dawn of prog rock so why not bikes?

Rant was brought on by seeing this lovely little idea from Wunderlich via Nippy Normans...

https://www.nippynormans.com/k1600gtgtlsportbaggerga/wunderlich-side-stand-illuminator-k1600gtgtlbaggerga

...which goes some way to solving the problem, though at their usual high prices I doubt many will be taking one home  8)

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 12:50:46 pm »
Nothing to stop you rigging something like that with LEDs for a couple of quid.
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 03:30:54 pm »
Well, the thing from Wunderlich put it in my mind but Sod's Law says if I did I'dnever park anywhere dark ever again  ::)

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 04:23:48 pm »
Being diurnal,I have no need for such things seeing as I turn into a pumpkin if I am out after dark :o
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 06:52:48 pm »
How about parking under a street light.
Only go out if there's a full moon.
Get chased by a police helicopter.
Eat more carrots.
Night vision visor.
Or, an LED key ring light.
I'll get my coat  ::)
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2018, 08:22:54 pm »
I use my car at night .....
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 03:57:47 pm »
Wimp  ;D

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 04:01:53 pm »
A small LED torch on your key ring?
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2018, 04:05:18 pm »
Yup! I've got one on my house keys which are always in my jacket pocket but with hands full of helmet and gloves etc, fiddling in your pocket can be a struggle and if you put your helmet down to get the light out you then find you put it in a muddy puddle.

If I ever park in the dark again, I'll definitely be rueing not fitting something.

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2018, 10:16:33 pm »
You can't have it all ways Brian. Move to a dark sky area and then complain that it's too dark   ::)
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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2018, 10:56:16 pm »
Slight slip in the planning department there Tom  ;D

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 08:31:46 am »
you could something like this https://www.banggood.com/12V-4CH-Channel-433Mhz-Wireless-Remote-Control-Switch-With-2-Transimitter-p-1012323.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=USA
hook up some led lighting and you still have 3 more relays you can hook up some other gadgets

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 03:01:22 pm »
Neat idea, thanks for that  8)

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Re: Courtesy lights?
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 03:49:29 pm »
Soooooooo expensive
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