Light The Night (butt light?)
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If you're anything like me you want to be as visible as possible while riding your motorcycle. Many of us add light bars to the front of our machines, not so much to see better at night but so we can be better seen in the daylight. But what about the back? Well, there are many solutions ranging from adding bright LED's to flashers.

This page originally featured a homebuilt method of turning the Vulcan's turn signals into combination signals and brake lights. The method involved a trailer module and a bit of tinkering with the wiring. It worked well for those who didn't mind changing out bulb sockets and, well, tinkering with the bikes wiring. That method has since been superceded by some really trick gadgets that do electronically what we did physically before.

Before we get to those here's the simplest most cost effective way to make your rear turn signals full time running lights.   Find a set of front turn signals.   You've probably noticed, your front signals are on whenever the key is one.   If you can find someone who has added a light bar to their Vulcan chances are good they have their old set of front signals complete with dual filament bulbs gathering dust in the garage.   To connect them you'll have the same ground and signal wires as your current rear set plus one more wire that will connect to your running (red) light wire under the seat or behind the tail light.   Simple and maybe....free!

And now the aftermarket gizmos.  You'll find these in numerous places including:

 Signal Dynamics. Their product is called the "Tri-Star Turn Signal To Brake Light Conversion Module" At $39 (as of this writing) it's a bargain. This link should take you straight to the page. Another source of a similar (maybe identical) product is "NoPork" Their product is called the "Brake Bright" which sells for $39.99 (at this writing) and can be found here. A third module type product that adds several seconds of flashing to the turn signals when brakes are applied is called the "Sound off Safety Priority Plus" and can be found here priced at $70. Kuryakyn has added a module of their own priced around $50. See it here.

Another option which doesn't use electronic modules involves a $50 dollar product sold by
Electrical Connection. You'll find details for that option by clicking here.

And now some legal advice.  DOT rules require rear facing lighting on motor vehicles to be either red or amber.  Amber can only be used for turn signals.  This means if you plan to turn your turn signals into always on running lights you'll need to change or modify your lenses.   There are a couple of simple ways to do this.

1. Purchase red lenses for most Classic/Nomad models through '04 directly from "Ralph's Corner".  Ralph has red lenses posted on E-Bay on a regular basis but this page will let you order directly.  Note Kawasaki changed the lens design with the 1600 models.   Options for the 1600 can be found on Kuryakyn's website and at Clear Alternatives.  You'll either have to paint those lenses using transparent modelers paint or use a red bulb. 

2. Paint the inside of your OEM amber lens.  You can use transparent paint as sold at most department and hobby shops.   A coat or two of red sprayed 'inside' the amber lens will only allow the red wavelength your bulb to come through making the lens appear to be red unless the lights are turned off.


Now, go light up the night!
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