Just completed my newest farkle on my '08. Built a small light rack that attaches to the Eagle fork brace. I wasn't looking for massive cash outlay or even huge lighting, but really was just looking to make myself more visible to traffic. I had already changed out my low beam bulb to a yellow Hella bulb, and found it made me stand out more in traffic. So my idea was to add two more small yellow lights to give the bike the appearance of being more substantial.
The raw light bracket after bending some 3/4" tubing and welding on a mounting bracket.
The ends of the light bracket. This allows for almost unlimited adjustment in conjunction with the bracket on the light itself.
Mounted to EagleMike's fork brace, which was the inspiration for this design to begin with.
I had the light's base mount powdercoated at the same time as the light bracket itself. Closeup detail.
The other side of the bracket.
The dimple I put in the tube for tire clearance. I don't know how much the tires expand at highway speeds, but I didn't want to find out!
The cheap lights I fitted are from Northern Tool, #18814. They're only $11.99 for a pair. They come with 55 watt H3 bulbs, but I removed those and fitted 35 watt (HL78153) bulbs I got from Susquehanna Motorsports to reduce the current draw. Then I covered the majority of the lens faces with some yellow 3M film I got from a local tint/clear film shop. The pieces were scrap so they were free.
Finally I ran some 12 gauge wire from the battery (fused 10 amp) and ran another relay near my Stebel horn. I ran individual power and ground wires in 12 ga. wire and then split them into two 18 ga wires at the light bracket. All connections were heat-shrunk and then wrapped in wire loom for some protection, then zip-tied in place. For now, the relay is activated by a tee into the main headlight power feed, but later on I will add a manual switch which will attach to the handlebar cross brace (when I upgrade my bars). I also appreciate the fact that the lights turn with the bars.
And finally the finished product. I had a friend of mine ride the bike towards me at night at the end result is a far improved frontal presence. Perfect for clueless motorists on cell phones...