Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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A year or so ago I tried to replace the VTR-1000's indicator bulbs with LED's. I bought them, but since the VTR bulbs fit in facing outwards from the bike (90 degrees to the bike, in an east west manner), 90% of the light tried to go out toward the end of the indicator stalk, instead of out through the lens. A waste of time and money as the indicators were all but completely dull and useless.
On the 919, the bulbs fit in indicator parallel to the bike, in a north south manner, which meant the LED's I put aside from the VTR experiment, over a year ago, could now be used at last.. Yes, they fitted and lit up great,, but,, the light from the LED bulb seemed to go straight through the orange lens without lighting up the lens itself, whereas the normal bulb lit the complete lens up. Even though the LED was in itself brighter, its emitted light failed to brighten up the indicator lens, making it appear nowhere near as bright as the normal bulb from a distance immediately behind the bike and back about 20 metres (approx 20 yards). I put the standard bulbs back in...
Be careful just which LED's you get. Make sure they will throw light out omni-directionally...