The videos in this series that have been uploaded over the last month cover the process of upgrading your motorcycles traditional bulb lighting to LED. There will be varying processes you may have to take if you ride a Harley earlier than 2014 to deal with voltage regulation that can cause the ECM to throw codes. There are signal stabilizer modules, load equalizers, controllers, and/ or turn signal conversion kits that allow your turn signals to flash properly when replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. A lot of LED headlights will come with a flux capacitor or load equalizer that you will install between the headlight wire harness and the headlight to regulate the voltage return signal to the ECM module. You’ll need to do research to determine if your motorcycle will need any of these devices before purchasing your LED’s. I do not have the answers to every make, model, and year of bike so please do the research for your specific motorcycle on your own.
Motorcycle safety has to be on the top of the priority list for riding. The 3 senses, sight, sound, and smell are the basis of what riders can try to enhance to be more readily noticed while on their motorcycles. Enhancing the smell aspect of the senses can probably be left out unless you don’t shower for a month, have an oil leak and are spewing smoke from your bike, or smoking a cigar while riding. Sound is easily enhanced through full exhaust change outs or slip-ons which can greatly enhance a riders presence. Hence the saying “Loud Pipes Save Lives”. Motorists that don’t ride will often curl their lips into a snarl of disgust when talking about the obnoxiously invasive sound of a loud bike without even the slightest understanding that whatever bike inconvenienced their ear for that few seconds did exactly as it was intended to do, made them aware that a motorcycle was present. I have a couple videos on installing slip-ons on my maintenance page as a reference if you need to get more sound out of your bike. They are an inexpensive and easy to install way to get more sound for safety out of your bike.
Another effective way to become noticed through one of the 3 senses is through lighting. Visibility is the most important aspect you can enhance for safety. LED lighting can be as much as 10x brighter than tradition incandescent bulbs. LED headlights can throw light at night over 150 yards ahead giving you more visibility on dark roads helping to increase safety at night. When a driver is about to change lanes and glances in their mirrors that additional brightness can be lifesaving. That is if the cager even bothers to glance in a mirror before changing lanes. Cager stupidity is unfortunately a trait that cannot be repaired. The brighter brake lights of LED’s can be of extreme value when the sun is shining from behind you which can sometimes drown out the visibility of bulb lights. LED brake lights will often shine through that sun blindness allowing a driver to see that you have applied your brakes. The same applies to turn signals, and head lights when riding into the sun.
Below are the 3 videos of this series that can help you with your conversion to LED lights.