Bar End Turn Signal And Mirror Idea
I have attached some images of my "plug & play" Oberon bar end LED turn signals and clamp-on mirrors KIT idea. These images are of the MotoPlan BRM Adjustable clip-on handle bars for the Thruxton.
Well its NOT exactly "plug & play" since the customer needs to replace/swap out their handle bars, but you get the idea.
This KIT is basically a set of pre-wired handle bars with all the connectors and tools required. As of now I am limiting my design to the Triumph Thruxtons and Ducati Sport Classics.
Since the stock Thruxton handle bars are solid the customer will have to go with the BRM/MotoPlan Adjustable handle bars I am selling. These bars are hollow and all that needs to be done is to drill a hole at the inboard end of the bars. takes about 30 seconds on the lethe. These bars are NOT cheap at about $325 USD retail.
The stock clip-on handle bars for the Sport Classics can be bored out to make this work. Boring these out takes a bit of time on the lethe. In this case I will send a set of stock clip-on bars all wired up and ready to go and have folks send back to me their old bars in exchange.
My biggest challenge was how to make it possible for the customer to install their grips with a pre-wired kit. The master cylinders and switch blocks are easy since they split apart and don't have to slip off the end of the bar like the grips.
I have a set of small connectors between the Oberon LED turn signals and the wiring that runs through the handle bar. This allow you disconnect the LED turn signals, adapter and mirror mount so the grip can be installed. Once the grip is in place then you connect up the LED turn signal wires and you are almost done.
The NEXT challenge I had was being able to tighten up the clamp mirror - LED bar end indicator adaptor with the wiring already passing through it. I came up with the idea of a special tool for this purpose. Its a piece of 6 mm hex brass with a slot milled in it to accommodate the LED turn signal wires. Its best if you snug up the brass and aluminum expandable bushing so they just fit into the handle bar and then with this tool do the final tightening. It seems to work just fine.
This idea should work on most handle bars and I am thinking of revisiting the HyperMotard.
I should have some photos of this setup on my Thruxton soon and my Paul Smart to follow.
Note sure if there will be much interest from the Sport Classic crowd but will see what happens.
Retail on just the Oberon parts alone is about $330 USD and the kit price is to be determined but it might run about $150 USD additional which includes the exchange bars.