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Transforming the rear of your ride.

Welcome to this weeks Cruiser Customizing tip of the week with me, Kyle Bradshaw. This

week were going to talk a little bit about tail lights, turn signals, running lights,

and marker lights.

Off the factory floor, the bike comes with Running Lights, tail lights, and turn signals.

But what do we want to do? We want to make our bike a little bit different. We want to

stand out from the crowd. We want to be more visible. What can we do to modify the rear

end of our bikes to accomplish these things?

As you can see on the table here in front of me, theres a multitude of options when

it comes to customizing your rear lighting.

This V-Star is a great example of a complete kit. You take off the entire stock unit and

you bolt on this after-market piece from KuryAkyn.

Heres a picture of the stock unit. Heres a picture of the streamlined KuryAkyn unit.

Lets take a look at a few more complete kits.

Heres a VTX before and a VTX after.

Heres a RoadStar before and look at that awesome after transformation.

And this VTX over here is a great example of taking a universal turn-signal, adding

the metric adapter, and moving the turn signals from the bottom of the fender to the top of

the fender rail as shown here.

This is a very popular option and very easy to do.

So what types of lights are available for the back end of your bike?

In the after-market world of tail section lighting, there are really three styles--incandescent,

halogen, and LED.

The incandescent light is the stock light that came with your bike. Its inexpensive

and can be found just about anywhere if you need to replace it.

The halogen light is one of the most universal used at the moment. Its bright at night,

its bright during the daytime, and replacement bulbs are found at just about any hardware

or automotive store. LED lights are the new hot thing on the market. Everybodys going

LED. LEDs are smaller, they draw less power, and theyre extremely bright if installed

correctly. And just remember, if youre going LED and youre using it for a turn

signal, you need to pick up a load equalizer. Why is that, you say? An LED light doesnt

draw as much power as an incandescent bulb. Therefore if you swap it out for an LED, your

bike is going to think that theres a burned-out bulb unless you install the load equalizer,

which just draws power telling the bike that theres not a burned-out bulb.

The most economic way to transform your ride is to go with clear turn signals and clear

tail-light lenses from Clear Alternatives. These units come with red or amber bulbs respectively

and are a really inexpensive way to dress up the back of your bike.

If you want to take it a step further, Electrical Connections has an awesome unit. Its called

their turn-signal conversion kit. It has LED boards which light up red that then silicone

into the lens, turning your clear or stock lenses into run-turn brake lights. Electrical

Connections turn signal conversion kit, definitely a neat way to go.

So Clear Alternatives is definitely the most cost-effective way to go.

Whats the next step?

A small or large silver bullet from KuryAkyn, Big Bike Parts, Behrends, any of them is going

to be the next step.

For just about a hundred bucks, you can get a universal turn signal and whatever adapter

you need to attach it to your machine.

So weve talked about a lot of the after-market options here on the table, but what if youre

happy with your stock turn signals and you just want to get rid of the lens thats

on there? Kuryakyn has come up with a brilliant idea. Its called their deep-dish bezel.

Heres a picture of the bezels on the ground prior to installation. And this is a close-up

of the stock lens. And after the installation, this is the classy look that you end up with.

Tail lights, turn signals, marker lights, a lot of wiring, load equalizers, diodes,

theres a lot of electrical work that comes with changing out your marker lights and some

of you have been asking: how do you do it? Where can I go to get answers to my questions?

I would urge you to take a look at the Community tab on our website where youll find a special

forum called Riders Helping Riders. This forum is comprised of thousands of members all over

the whole world who have bikes like yours who have done installations like these. The

forum is a great place to post a question and get answers from across the world from

thousands of other riders.

Alright, before we go, theres a couple things Id like you to remember.

Number one, load equalizers must be used if an LED light is going to be used as a turn

signal. Number two, on the rear end, amber can only be used as a turn signal. If youre

going to be using your rear turns as running lights or brake lights, its got to have

a red lens. And number three, safety. The installation of a Kuryakyn triple-whammy or

a Kison tailblazer is definitely a step towards a safer ride.

Thank you for watching this weeks Cruiser Customizing tip of the week. Tune in next

week for the topic of Windshield Fitment. Until then, take care and ride safe.

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