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    Clear/smoked tail light lens?

    Caught this bike on Craigslist, at a good deal might I add, $2200 with Shoei helmet and jacket, 23k miles, manual 6 speed. Seems like a killer deal really. Anyways, noticed it has a smoked looking tail light. I saw on ebay where they sell LED tail light replacements that have integrated turn signals in it, but I ain't really wanting to go that far with mine. I would like a clear or smoked lens if they made one though. Not even sure how it's made, may not even have a removable lens. Anybody changed theirs like this? I just think it looks cleaner than the big red tail light.





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    For me, I don't mind the stock rear light assembly; I'd rather something bigger so that The lights are clearer for the traffic around me to see. Unless it's silly bright, I'd personally be happier with the default...

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    I want the traffic behind be to see that big ugly brake light...Those little bitty, dark colored lenses gives the idiot cagers more excuses "I didnt see him, or I didnt notice him slowing down" I dont see the rear when riding anyways...but then I am way the past age of things having to look 'cool'...and personally, I wished the turn signals were bigger, not smaller...hmm, just gave me an idea, a strobed, amber light on the rear when braking or turning...hmmm
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    +1 for visibility.

    Iíve been behind many motorcycles that look nice with the small design tail light and turn indicators. Also with clear lenses. As a driver, they are hard to see.

    I prefer as much visual lighting and colors as reasonably possible. Without the big red lens, the eye and brain of the driver following behind you does not have a focal point and may not notice a change in brightness. This goes double for the bikes that relocate the brake light down by the rear axle on the side of the tire. It is in an unconventional place that drivers are not used to noticing. Although legal, it may increase your risk of an accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc83 View Post
    .hmm, just gave me an idea, a strobed, amber light on the rear when braking or turning...hmmm
    I run two Whelen TIR3 red strobes set to blink rapidly in concert with the rear brake lamp. They are programmable, allowing you to select a bunch of different patterns. Mine currently will do three ultra bright blinks/second and then pause and repeat. Might put another pair below the plate and have them wig-wag.


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    Ermax Fender Eliminator is an option that really makes it look decent. Of course, the downside is that you'll get more spray on your back in wet weather etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junkie View Post
    Ermax Fender Eliminator is an option that really makes it look decent. Of course, the downside is that you'll get more spray on your back in wet weather etc.

    Since I put my bags and rear carrier on it, the wasp butt looking fender doesn't bother me as bad, it actually looks normal. I browsed fender eliminator kits when I first bought the NC, but decided against it for now.


    And I can tell I am far different from the majority demographic here Lol. Everybody wanting larger/more lighting, that's usually right the opposite with what I'm used to seeing. We always wanted to clean it up and get rid of stuff like rear fenders, stalk blinkers, red or amber lenses, etc. LOL.

    Now that I'm a little older, those things don't bother me near as much as they used to, but a clear or smoked lens on a silver bike would look much cleaner to me and still retain PLENTY tail and brake lighting, all personal preference there...

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    Clear/smoked tail light lens?

    I usedto try to make my bikes look really cool by changing things up, but after almost getting rear ended a number of times, Iím into more lights and visibility.

    The ability to walk and breathe trumps slick tail lights.

    JT

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    Thanks LD...I like those...I may go something like that and they are not expensive on Amazon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jt105 View Post
    I usedto try to make my bikes look really cool by changing things up, but after almost getting rear ended a number of times, I’m into more lights and visibility.

    The ability to walk and breathe trumps slick tail lights.

    JT
    The same theory could be applied by just driving a car instead of a motorcycle to eliminate even more risk. Lol

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