More tail lighting and strobing
LEDs can help you become more noticeable and reduce your
chances of being rear-ended by an attention impaired driver
Another advantage is that they
are sometimes effective in waking up tailgaters and getting
them to back off.
Controllers: These come in a variety of flavors.
Some, like the one above, simply flash several times before
gong solid. Others, like the one pictured below, allow
you to control how fast the brake light flashes and the
duration before it goes solid.
The lights I install in the outer
sections of the tail light lens are described
Once that's been done, there are two ways to skin this cat.
1) Only Outer
LEDs Strobe: This is
the easiest approach and gives you improved tail lighting,
keeps the BMU happy and the outer LEDs strobe when you apply
the brakes. Here's how to wire it up with a three wire
LEDs/Brake Light Alternate Flashing: (As shown
above.) This is a bit more difficult to implement as it
rid of the BMU. However, once that's done, it gives you
the option of running LED tail and brake light bulbs. Here's
how to wire things up for this approach:
If you're going to use the second
approach and the stock tail light bulb then make sure that
the strobe can handle 21 Watts. Some are made
specifically for LEDs and may fry if you overtax them.
Different states and countries have different laws regarding
flashing brake lights on motorcycles. In some places
they aren't legal as flashing red lights are reserved for
official vehicles only. In some states they have very
specific laws regarding the number of flashes and duration.
Check the laws where you live or plan to travel if this
concerns you. That said, I've been running various forms of
flashing brake lights for over a decade and it's never been
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