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  1. December 1, 2016 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - We have surgically opened the lighting world with Laser precision. Designed by PIAA with the laser technology provided by Sharp, we are bringing the first ever Laser Light to the world of accessory lighting. This new Laser Light is a highly efficient lighting technology with an extreme beam range that doubles that of lights containing conventional technology. The world has never seen a lighting source quite like this before, we are creating performance through technology. The PIAA Laser light has an array of eight laser diodes that produce an ultra-sharp, long range beam. Using our industry first Reflector Facing Technology, the laser diodes are aimed at a multi-surface reflector, then color filtered through a phosphor plate and finally passed through a micro-domed projector to produce a near perfect pencil beam pattern. Laser Light offers extreme light intensity and excellent range Up to 10 times greater intensity than LED Array of eight high‑intensity laser diodes Micro-domed projector for precise beam control Laser module produces 1,000,000 Candela Please see http://www.PIAA.com for more information.
  2. Wow! Installing in my 13 Triumph Tiger 800XC. I'll have a comparo to the stock lead acid shortly... What's the guess on the difference?
  3. Darryl VanNiewenhuise is the owner of Cyclops and has been a long time XLADV member (Off Road Rider). He wrote this article last year on lumens: facts vs fiction that should give you a good idea of what goes into a quality light. Cyclops is a premiere lighting company that started out of a need to provide better lighting on an adv bike at night. Since then they've evolved into the experts in led technology. Wandering Beast and ADVGrrl both have Cyclops lights! Here's a video Wandering Beast did: Cyclops will be providing lighting for the #xladvproject990 in the form of: An H4 led headlight bulb Two Optima auxiliary led lights; one in 10° and the other in 20° Two amber filters I was running the Rigid D2 auxiliary lights and I could immediately tell the difference; they shown farther and brighter. They really lit up that meadow out at Overland Expo! I think the H4 led bulbs are on back order so once those come in I'll get it installed and be able to show you more.
  4. This seems quite smart from Sena; a battery pack that will charge your Sena or any other 5v USB related devices. "But Eric, I already have a battery pack for charging..." Yes, but while I love my XP-10 from Antigravity Batteries, the amp draw from my Sena devices are below its threshold and it will shut itself off before my Sena's fully charged. The Powerbank goes down to 1.6 amps. And it's small! Weighs just 5 oz.
  5. I like how Rich mounted these new Clearwater lights on his GSA I like them better there than lower where they get crunched in a tip over. I also like their "can opener" that lets you tap into the can bus as well as take advantage of the existing handle controls/light switch/horn switch. They are a bit pricier too than my Rigid D2's but they are pretty cool
  6. SMH10 units. Brand new, so just full day's ride on them. My riding partner and I noticed that communication quality was better the first couple of hours of the day. By the last couple of hours, they worked perfectly, but voice quality and clarity was noticeably worse. Units were charged a full 8 hours the night before, so battery life didn't appear to be the issue. Any knowledge/experience to share?
  7. Built-in accelerometer helps reduce the risk of rear-end collisions July 6, 2016 - The new AdMore Lighting Premium LED Light Bar with Smart Brake Technology alerts drivers that a motorcycle is decelerating before the rider even applies the brakes. Thanks to a sophisticated accelerometer sensor and a host of configurable options, this light bar is the most advanced motorcycle safety lighting product on the market. The embedded accelerometer detects rapid deceleration, either from throttle release or downshifting, and automatically activates the brake light on the 8” light bar. Using the AdMore Configurator Software Suite and connecting to the onboard microUSB port, riders can change the sensitivity of the sensor, from low intensity (slower deceleration) to high intensity (rapid deceleration). A special “sport” setting accommodates aggressive riding, requiring hard deceleration to activate the brake light. Like other AdMore light bar models, this new version incorporates high-quality Cree LEDs, with built-in running lights, progressive amber turn signals, and brake lights. A new center column of white LEDs flashes continuously while the brakes are applied, an effective technique for getting the attention of distracted drivers! In addition, a new integrated license plate light allows the light bar to be mounted above the license plate, even if it obstructs the bike’s original plate light. Using the same configuration software noted above, riders can modify or disable many of the light bar's standard features, including the brake light brightness and modulation, the license plate light, and the white strobe lights. The new Premium LED Light Bar works on all motorcycles and scooters and is compatible with the CanBUS electrical systems found on many late-model bikes. Available with either a smoke or clear lens, the light bar comes with a sturdy aluminum bracket that can be mounted below or above a license plate, or under a top rack. The kit includes premium wire tap connectors and all necessary hardware, and can be installed in roughly an hour with basic tools. MSRP is $199.99. For more information or to purchase the Premium LED Light Bar, go to http://www.twistedthrottle.com/smartbrake
  8. PORTLAND, OR – June 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – PIAA has introduced two all new LED lights to the already extensive LP Series line. The LP270 and LP530 Ion Yellow LED lights feature PIAA’s world renown Ion Yellow color output. The 2800k pure yellow output is far less reflective than standard white light output allowing it to easily cut through rain, fog, snow, and dust giving drivers an advantage in a variety of harsh conditions. Reflector Facing Technology and computer designed reflector of LP Series lights gives these lights a sharp cut off line that keeps the light where the driver needs while preventing dangerous glare for oncoming drivers. Made from only the highest quality components, both lights feature an ultra-durable aluminum housing with a near indestructible poly lens. Both lights are 10g vibration rated to withstand any terrain, and the Ion yellow lens gives the front end of any vehicle a custom look. The smaller 2.75” LP270’s come in a 30º driving beam pattern, while the larger 3.5” LP530’s come in the 30º driving pattern as well as a SAE compliant 65º Fog pattern. These compact LED lights are the perfect size for Jeep pillar mounts, OE fog light replacements, and lower bumper mounting. All PIAA light kits come complete with pre-assembled wiring harness which include a lighted switch and relay. With the widest range of SAE compliant lights on the market, customers can use PIAA’s lights with confidence and less worry of passing inspection or costly tickets. PIAA LP Series Yellow LED Lights LP Series of lights offer the beam control of a halogen light with the low power consumption and durability of an LED light. Reflector Facing Technology allows for far better beam control and output than the conventional forward facing layout. In place of a traditional halogen bulb each light uses two high output LEDs producing a very yellow beam with a color temperature of 2800 Kelvin. Models Part # - Color Temp. - Watts LP270 Ion DRV 22-02772 2800k Yellow 9.3 LP530 Ion SAE Fog 22-05370 2800k Yellow 8 LP530 Ion DRV 22-05372 2800k Yellow 9.4 Starting at: $299.00 Please see http://www.PIAA.com for more information.
  9. At least where Iive, seems like the #1 situation that hurts or kills riders is someone turning in their path with too little room. Now, I know that some riders are simply riding too fast, but just last weekend someone pulled right out in front of me (saw it coming), I was not riding fast, and visibility was perfect. A buddy of mine rides a cruiser in Vegas (stupid crazy drivers there) and he swears that since installing a headlight modulator, the # of times people have pulled out into his path with too little room has dropped to zero. Impressive for sure! Anyone running a headlight modulator? If so, what brand? Thoughts/experiences? I really like the idea, I just want to get the best set-up that is plug/play and waterproof. My buddy is running one from Kriss Products.
  10. I just swapped out my stock 55/60w headlight halogen bulb with a fan cooled 22/32w LED unit...holy cow,that's some bright light..time for a night ride...as soon as the typhoon rain stops up here I'll go for a night ride and take some pics...but against the shop wall the difference is amazing...and drawing 28 watts less on high beam...bonus
  11. I have a goal to install a PDM60 on my Super Tenere to control some lighting and accessories. Of course I want to control some of those outputs with some accessory switches. My vision is to find a handlebar mounted switch cluster containing 3 or 4 accessory switches that I can wire to the PDM60 to facilitate further control of the outputs. I've searched and searched, and all I can really find are some chrome, brake/clutch reservoir mounted switch packs that really don't fit the genre, or single switches. Does anybody know of anything that might fit the bill for what I'm trying to do? Thanks in advance!
  12. I saw a similar video for the Tenere 660 and since that bike isn't sold in the US and the GS/GSA is and have sold quite a few, I thought I'd do a similar video. The things I go over in this video really apply to just about any adventure bike. The key issue here for a lot of riders is what exactly do I need to do to my bike to outfit it for off-road riding? When I started out I had absolutely no clue and unfortunately wasted some time and even more money figuring all this out. I figure I can use my experience to save you money I have to say though that I honestly didn't know how much I'd enjoy riding my bike off-road when I first bought it. I figured it was just a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. However, these bikes don't exactly come dirt-ready off the showroom floor. There are some things you should do right away, some things before others given their importance and of course some things you really don't need to do. We've all seen that shiny sparkly bike at Starbucks all farkled up and you just know that thing has never seen anything more adventurous than a gutter in front of its driveway. Don't be that guy! The other thread here "Post your gear questions here" is more for the apparel side. This is the bike part of that same set of questions. I know it's long but if you're new to adventure riding or an experienced rider looking to explore more dirt, I think you'll find it helpful.
  13. I had blown one of my auxiliary driving lights because I had gotten in the habit of just leaving them on all the time. As soon as I turned the ignition on they turned on, and in turn were subjected to the power fluctuations of engine start since they were wired to an ignition switched source. I needed a solution to prevent this from happening - enter the PDM 60. The PDM 60 gave me the ability to not only eliminate fuses and relays, but create on and off delays for the outputs. Take a look at Rowe Electronic’s PDM 60 programming manual and Quick Start Guide and you can see that there is a lot of flexibility in the delays and circuit trigger options. My only complaint is that the “Delay On” timer, if used, applies to all circuits regardless of the mode selected, and the “Delay Off” timer applies to all circuits selected for delay off - you cannot have a different delay on or off per circuit, so you have to compromise a bit - at least in my case I did. There are other products out there that provide a similar solution, but the PDM 60 seemed to be the least over-done - I like to keep things simple, silly, stupid as much as possible. In this application I was going to use three of the six available outputs. This may give you some ideas on how you want your own setup to function, and get the creative thoughts flowing. Output 1 - Garmin Montana GPS Ignition trigger. 15 second startup delay and 30 seconds shutoff delay limited at 2 amps Output stays on for 30 seconds after ignition off (not engine kill). Garmin products automatically shutoff 30 seconds after external power is lost unless you tell them not to at which point they switch to the internal battery. This gives me time to poke at the GPS after I turn off the bike, or just let it shut off automatically after 60 seconds. Output 2 - Driving Lights Ignition & Ground trigger. 15 second startup delay limited at 4 amps I am using a handlebar mounted switch to provide the ground trigger. This way I can still turn the lights on and off when the ignition is on. If I leave the switch on indefinitely, the lights simply turn on 15 seconds after I turn on the ignition and turn off when I turn off the ignition. A review of that switch can be found here Output shuts off immediately when ignition is shut off regardless of handlebar switch position. If I use the kill switch rather than the ignition to shut down the bike the lights stay on if the switch is on. Output 3 - Coil of slave ABS Disable Relay - See detailed article on this topic here Ignition Trigger. 15 second startup delay limited at 2 amps. I am using a handlebar mounted switch to provide a ground to one side of an ABS disable relay’s coil. The PDM 60 provides the 12VDC to the other side of the coil. Yes, I could have used the PDM 60 to control the ABS disable without a relay, but as I needed to switch a 30 Amp circuit I chose to use a slave relay. A review of the handlebar mounted switch can be found here Output shuts off immediately when ignition is shut off. If I use the kill switch rather than the ignition to shut down, the ABS disconnect relay remains active. If I leave the ABS disable switch on indefinitely the ABS automatically disables 15 seconds after ignition on. I went with a 15 second startup delay to allow the ECU to complete it’s startup, and for bike startup. 15 seconds after the ignition is switched on all outputs turn on except those selected for ignition & ground trigger, and those selected as inactive. WARNING: There is a blurb in the manual that I almost missed. DO NOT attempt to program your PDM 60 while its 12VDC input is connected. According to the manual this can damage the unit. I had mine completely wired up, went to program, and was glad I read ahead or I may have killed the PDM 60. WARNING: Pay special attention to how you plug in the programming cable. It will plug in in two different directions. One direction programs the PDM 60, the other direction destroys the PDM 60. There is a warning to this effect in the manual as well, but take your time making sure you orient the programming lead correctly. NOTE: As per the programming manual you will need Microsoft’s .NET framework version 4 installed on the programming laptop/pc. The programmer installation file installs the USB drivers you’ll need for the programming cable. Once installed the programmer is very easy to use. Yamaha Super Tenere Specific: On the Yamaha Super Tenere the easiest and cleanest place to get your ground reference and ignition trigger is the stock aux lighting wire harness which is likely unused on your bike. This wiring harness is located under the lower right cover near the stock toolkit location. Connectors and rubber seals for this plug can be sourced from your friendly Yamaha dealer and cost less than a dollar if not free. There are two plugs/harnesses stashed just to the left of the stock toolkit location. One is triangular and has three connections that don’t go anywhere, and one is square and has four connections that don’t go anywhere. Take the male side of the, white, three connection plug down to your Yamaha dealer and ask for the connectors and rubber seals needed to complete the male side of this plug. (The four connector plug is for Yamaha accessory grip heaters). You can find a detailed writeup on how to utilize this plug within my ABS Disable Switch Article about half way down I mounted my PDM 60 in the lower part of the electronics bay just behind the stock toolkit location. All my wiring and terminal strip is located in the stock toolkit’s location. I got rid of that useless piece of kit long ago, and created my own toolkit which I keep in my panniers. I made a mounting plate for the PDM 60 out of some 1/4” acrylic sheet (), bolted the PDM to the mounting plate, and used velcro to affix the PDM and mounting plate to the flat spot in the electronics bay. I used a 12 point terminal strip for all my connections to keep everything nice and tidy. For wire routing to the driving lights and GPS I went up under the upper right side cover, through an existing wiring chase, and to the lights/GPS wrapping everything in heat shrink tubing. Pictures speak 1,000 words - see pictures below for reference. Want to know what others think about this product or want to share your experience? Checkout our Reviews.
  14. Chris asked: Has anyone installed a Rowe Electronics PDM60? It's a self-contained power distribution module that is similar to a Fuze Block, but it has internal circuits (no fuses, just restart if circuit overloads) and a viewable panel that immediately shows circuit health. Would love to hear from you. I purchased one and am putting together a "clean" circuit strategy for my electronics (powerlet heated gear, ipod charging, phone, etc), so I'm sort of biding my time while I plan it out. Any comments about this would be appreciated.
  15. Often one is faced with marketing propaganda that is tough to decipher. One area that there is often confusion or misunderstandings about is lumen ratings on aftermarket LED auxiliary lights. A lumen rating is the amount of light given off by any particular source, If we are talking about a light bulb, that is a legitimate use for a lumen rating, If we are talking about a complete light with optics, then the term lumen falls very much short of telling the customer any real info. Very often in today's market place, we see lights rated at 4400 lumens or even more. Will a 4400 lumen light allow you to see better than a 1000 lumen light? Not necessarily. In fact sometimes quite the opposite, the 1000 lumen light wins. Optics are the key to getting a great quality light beam that will allow a rider to see what they need to, without blinding oncoming drivers and lighting up the tree tops. The real information that a rider needs is a lux rating at a given point. Beam pattern selections are also very important. Prior to making a lighting decision for your trusty steed, take a look at what lights truly do offer a real optical enhancement that optimizes what lumens are available. In general a single source LED with a large optic will optimize the amount of raw lumens at hand. A multi-emitter light may look brighter, but due to the lack of space for quality optics they often cannot match the long distance penetration offered by a single emitter design. Here is a great example of a quality built light that draws 10 watts of power yet provides more than 800 ft of light throw, The Cyclops Adventure sports Long Range Optimus LED offers outstanding long range distance as well as a tunable product with the availability of wide beam filters that alter the beam pattern for a clipped optic (upper cutoff) that helps to eliminate oncoming blindness, yet retains much of the long range penetration so commonly not found on LED aux lights. Note the large optic and single emitter design. With the wide angle filter LED lighting is a continuously evolving technology. We will all be rewarded with great products from top manufacturers and suppliers as time goes on. In this case a little knowledge goes a long ways. Darryl VanNiewenhuise Cyclops Adventure Sports
  16. Often one is faced with marketing propaganda that is tough to decipher. One area that there is often confusion or misunderstandings about is lumen ratings on Aftermarket LED Auxiliary lights. A lumen rating is the amount of light given off by any particular source, If we are talking about a light bulb, that is a legitimate use for a lumen rating, If we are talking about a complete light with optics, then the term lumen falls very much short of telling the customer any real info. Very often in today's market place, we see lights rated at 4400 lumens or even more.Will a 4400 lumen light allow you to see better than a 1000 Lumen light? Not necessarily, In fact sometimes quite the opposite, the 1000 lumen light wins. Optics are the key to getting a great quality light beam that will allow a rider to see what they need to, without blinding oncoming drivers and lighting up the tree tops. The real information that a rider needs is a lux rating at a given point, beam pattern selections are also very important. Prior to making a lighting decision for your trusty stead, take a look at what lights truly do offer a real optical enhancement that optimizes what lumens are available. In general a single source LED with a large optic will optimize the amount of Raw lumens at hand. A multi-emitter light may look brighter, but do to the lack of space for quality optics they often can not match the long distance penetration offered by a single emitter design. Here is a great example of a quality built light that draws 10 watts of power yet provides more than 800 ft of light throw, The Cyclops Adventure sports Long Range Optimus LED offers Outstanding long range distance as well as a tunable product with the availability of wide beam filters that alter the beam pattern for a Clipped optic (upper Cuttoff) that helps to eliminate oncoming blindness, yet retains much of the long Range Penetration so commonly not found on LED aux lights. Note the large optic and single emitter design. With the wide angle filter LED lighting is a continuously evolving technology, we will all be rewarded with great products from top manufactures and suppliers as time goes on. In this case a little knowledge goes a long ways. Darryl VanNiewenhuise Cyclops Adventure Sports This post has been promoted to an article