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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 5th, 2016, 8:46 pm Thread Starter
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I decided I needed something to wilt the leaves on trees as I drove down a twisty forested road.

So this is a work in progress, I just received a pair of LEDRider LR40 LED lights.

I'd done a bit of research and really fancied the Clearwater Erica lights, but these were 4 times more expensive that the LED Rider lights.

They don't have a large electrical draw and I'll run them off a relay and trigger than from the existing driving lights or the hi beam or maybe put them on a separate switch.

I don't plan on using them for daytime running, although you can buy a dimmer that reduces their output down to respectable levels, I might get this in the future.

I think these will seriously out power the add on OEM Driving lights and I may end up taking the OEM lights off and mounting the LED Rider lights in their place.

It'll probably be Monday before I can get them all wired up. I'll try and take some pictures and maybe a little video when I'm done.

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I looked at these lights when I was deciding which ones to buy - will be interested to see how you like them.
I wired mine up with power to a relay from the battery, triggered by the high beam relay - makes it easy to switch them off quickly when oncoming traffic appears!

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Where is the headlight relay on the bike?

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Not sure about the 2015, but on the 2014 its the fore-most of the two relays under the front fuse panel. Take the cover off and feel the relays as you flick the high beams on/off... if it clicks then its probably the one.

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Could you get some beam shots comparing the Clearwater and Hella/DP aux lights? I like how the Ducati lights are integrated, but I have a suspicion they will be outmatched by most aftermarket LED lights and they aren't cheap at $450. I really want to get some aux lights before spring, but don't know what to get. The only lights I have experience with are the Rigid D2 HD, which were decent but bulky.

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Stating the obvious ... and based on experience ... the problem with outlying lights is the nearly guaranteed damage in a tip over.

But then again, most tip overs are going to result in some kind of damage so it may not matter anyway. Just saying.

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Also ... those red crash protectors look awesome!

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Could you get some beam shots comparing the Clearwater and Hella/DP aux lights? I like how the Ducati lights are integrated, but I have a suspicion they will be outmatched by most aftermarket LED lights and they aren't cheap at $450. I really want to get some aux lights before spring, but don't know what to get. The only lights I have experience with are the Rigid D2 HD, which were decent but bulky.
The Ducati lights provide a very flat beam... so as soon as the tip into a corner, they do nothing but light up the ground next to your bike. They are also a killer on cars when you're overtaking them as the edge of the beam is very bright. I am very happy with the 25w LED lights I put on mine - especially when they cost $130 each.

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The Ducati lights provide a very flat beam... so as soon as the tip into a corner, they do nothing but light up the ground next to your bike. They are also a killer on cars when you're overtaking them as the edge of the beam is very bright. I am very happy with the 25w LED lights I put on mine - especially when they cost $130 each.

I likey,,,, do you have a link?

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Moved the location a little, initially thought I may have to ditch the OEM Fog/Driving lights, but there is room.

As I am keeping the OEM lights in place, I'm going to wire the new lights off a separate switch. These lights draw almost the same as the OEM Fog/Driving lights, so there shouldn't be too much extra draw on the electrical system with just the new lights on.

These lights cost me $147 delivered.



You can see the difference with where I had initially mounted the left one.

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