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    It's not just a safety issue. Most States have a mandatory headlight law for motorcycles. I've been pulled over for an absent head, or tail light in the past. I've never been ticketed, as most cops just want you to be safe, and comply with the law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    It's not just a safety issue. Most States have a mandatory headlight law for motorcycles. I've been pulled over for an absent head, or tail light in the past. I've never been ticketed, as most cops just want you to be safe, and comply with the law.
    I got pulled over once, Folks,...

    For wearing steel heels and dragging them for sparks.

    My passenger loved all of it.

    ...Cotten
    PS: *sigh*
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    I've done a bit more work on this, so here's an update. First, I thought about bicycle lights. But having to recharge each one is sort of a PIA, they don't solve the brake light problem, and they aren't DOT compliant (not that it matters much). The comment about the AntiGravity battery earlier on this thread is correct also. If you discharge them too much you ruin the battery. But I spoke with them today and they do have a battery with built-in circuitry that guards against that.

    So here's what I'm planning to use:
    - Denali B2 lights, mounted to the front crash bar (https://denalielectronics.com/collec...s/dnl-d2-10000)
    - Denali rear running and brake light, mounted to the license plate (https://denalielectronics.com/collec...s/dnl-b6-10000)
    - Denali SoundBomb Mini horn (https://denalielectronics.com/collec.../tt-sb-10200-b)
    - Antigravity XP-1 battery, mounted in the tool box (https://antigravitybatteries.com/pro...o-starts/xp-1/)
    - 10 Gauge cloth covered copper wire https://enginebarn.myshopify.com/col...ary-wire-black

    I will the lights and the horn on a circuit to the battery, with the lights on a separate switch, and use the stock horn button and brake light circuit to trigger 6V automotive relays so I don't overtax the stock wiring. The battery will give me 12 Ah, or about 4 hours, of running time, and if it goes dead it won't hurt this battery. I'd just have to recharge it. I can keep the stock system intact (it works well as it is) and have modern lights and a good horn that I can easily remove any time. This solution is not cheap, but I think it's pretty good and won't ruin the originality of the bike.

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