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Old 07-08-2013, 09:50 AM
HardShoulderShoe HardShoulderShoe is offline
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Default Re-worked Harley tail light

We all know that bike building/styling is subjective - one of my biggest dislikes (putting aside any 'safety' arguments) is pokey-out indicators.

I tried to find a standard fitting Harley tail light with incorporated indicators, but couldn't find one that I liked the look of, so I bought this from China:



and reworked the LEDs to get this:





I've fitted it onto the standard back plate, and added a waterproof connector:



A couple of shiny load resistors under the seat, and it works like a charm - well cuffed!
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:01 PM
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Sorry to burst your bubble but the light is not legal for the mot
When duel purpose lights came on the market for sports bikes I phoned vosa to check and they was unsure this was probably 4 year ago . But last year they decided that they are no longer legal for the mot because they inter act with the rear light/ stop lamp . Also they are to close to each other.
Their is however a Harley light that is ok from what I understand the rear light/ stop lamp is built in the indicators ( one on each side of the bike ) these are ok because their is a large gap between the lights
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for the advice - as usual, the message is never clear from the powers that be!

Before I started it, I checked with our local bike MOT place, and was advised that there was no minimum distance and no minimum size, only that 'discretion should be used' and that the biggest concern was visibility. I've used Pirahna superflux LEDs, so visibility shouldn't be a concern - I guess that I'm now in the lap of The Man!

I've not altered the sub frame or rear fender mounts, so I can revert if needed - I'll just have to keep the pink bits crossed!

Just to be clear - the actual LEDs don't perform both tasks - I've removed the outer points from the tail/brake circuit and replaced them with amber LEDs on a separate circuit - the only part playing a dual purpose is the actual housing. Here's a pic without the turn LEDs lit:


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Old 07-08-2013, 01:47 PM
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It's typical vosa I get it most weeks at work .
If your guy is happy to pass it and your happy to use it carry on at end of the day most police prob don't know the right answer .
You might get a defect form if pulled . Which is a easy fix :-)
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:10 PM
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Cheers bud - I always appreciate the advice - I'll chance my arm and see how I go on!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:33 PM
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As a non typical VOSa man, I can tell you that the MOT does not test the separation of indicators only that they work and are not obstructed or affected by another lamp.

However the minimum separation is part of the UK lighting regs 1989.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1...chedule/7/made


And this does state a minimum separation, as does MSVA which is based on the lighting regs.


240 mm for rear indicators

The regs are decided by governments we just enforce them.
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