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Bar End Indicators


A_HRD

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No more leaning the bike against a wall!

Peter B
Bristol, UK.
STILL WANTED: Series 'A' Front Frame
 

timetraveller

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What suits me is mirrors in each end of the handlebars, two indicators to the front, mounted using the holes to the rear of the lower link to take brackets which then protrude out between the fork blades and spring boxes and two to the rear using the top of the rear seat stays (make sure any passenger does not obscure these two). If top boxes or panniers are used then the two rear ones might need to be repositioned. My indicators and relay came from Vehicle Wiring Products with whom I have no connection.
 

Colin

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Like Norman, I like a bar end mirror on each end of the handlebars. As I have Eglis (a Godet twin and a Smith single) my front indicators are the mounting bolts for the head lamp. and the rear ones (on the twin) are on a cross bracket mounted behind the rear number plate, and (on the Comet) on wide brackets to the rear of a custom made carrier.
Donkeys years ago I made flashers that fitted on a band round the wrist of my riding gauntlets. A flat 6 volt bell battery provided the power and the "flashing" was produced by having a flat contact on thumb and first finger and I simply opened and closed my finger and thumb! with my arm outstretched! It was quite good really, considering it was about 1000 years before flashers were regularly fitted to bikes. I;ve no idea what happened to it but I still have my large Brown leather gauntlets, they in turn have a white reflective disc on an elastic band round the wrist. You stuck your hand out and the" candle glow " from the car behind lit up the disc Modern technology at it's simple best!!!
 

Colin

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I should have also said the flasher light was also sewn (Yes SEWN on) to the broad bit of the gauntlet, my Mum was clever at things like that.Nothing whatsoever to do with Vins or flashers but yesterday evening I wore the Scout shirt that my Mum made for me about 64 years ago to a Scout re union meeting. Mum made things to last.!!
 

Williegunn

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yesterday evening I wore the Scout shirt that my Mum made for me about 64 years ago to a Scout re union meeting. Mum made things to last.!!
Did she make it out of elastic or have you a magic wardrobe? Everything I store for more than a year seems to shrink especially around the waste!
 

Colin

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Believe it or not, Williegunn, I am exactly the same size as I was at 15, well almost, but it did still fit. I put it all down to living a chaste and blameless life, or something like that:rolleyes::)
 

vibrac

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A a recent motorcycle trade fair I saw a German company with some very bright flasher LED units that were no bigger than the top of a fountain pen and even more amazing the flasher unit was the same size (no thinner!) as a Japanese push connector, just the job for hiding on a classic bike. The manufacturer was aiming for spring launch so I will keep an eye open.
 

Phil Baker

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I fitted smoked lens indicators on the 6 volt system Comet and painted the indicator B9 bulbs with amber glass paint......Comet back2.pngComet 4.jpg
 

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vibrac

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Stretching the thread to turning corners on a motorcycle, I always remember a story (the content will date me) in the 'Green un' or the 'Blue un' about a motorcyclist who was claiming damages because he had been brought off his motorcycle on a roundabout because a car had gone on the inside so close (and here is the real dating bit) that the forward open ended car door handle had caught in his RH gauntlet and hauled him off. The Judge reduced the damage awarded because he said the motorcyclist was leaning from the vertical in the corner. The article said that any noise heard in the court was not the bikes wheel bearings but Sir Isaac Newton turning in his grave.
 

Colin

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I was an Accident Investigator specialising in motor cycle accidents, and frequently appeared in Court as an Expert Witness. On one occasion a witness claimed a motorcyclist was out of control because he was "leaning right over" on a corner. Another time I had to explain to a Court that it was necessary (for a solo motorcyclist) to put his/her feet down when stationary! It transpired that neither the Judge nor the witness had ever ridden a bike, let alone a motorbike! On a different note in response to a question "How did you get to the site?" a witness, an elderly woman, answered "By Shanks's Pony" where upon a young Barrister leapt to her feet and demanded "M'Lud this is the first mention of a pony, I must take further advice from my Principal". Fortunately the Judge could advise the meaning of Shank's Pony to "Jane Nice But Dim".
 
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vibrac

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There are small and then there is small (two pictures) but very bright!
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b'knighted

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I realise that our bikes no longer require an MoT Certificate but, if indicators are fitted, do they need to fall within current MoT rules?
I fitted a pair of these tiny LEDs to the rear of an eighties bike as the original stems interfered with the carrier I was fitting. I mounted them through original grommets in the tray that carried the rear light. I was happy that they were visible and safe, outboard of the rear light but inboard of the carrier, but they caused a fail as a new rule states the the illuminating parts of the lenses must not be closer together than 190mm.
 

vibrac

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Many machines of the past in factory trim would not pass that test....
next time I see a copper with a tape measure Ill ask him
 

greg brillus

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All these modern LED blinkers and so on are way too small. If you are going to install some, fit good sized ones, it might just save you and your bike if your lucky...........Most modern cars have pathetic lights too, especially the tailights........... I don't know how all this stuff passes the correct reg's. With modern motorists so distracted by everything but driving, the need for maximum visibility is a must.
 

vibrac

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50% of my bikes are old or are ex racers and dont have electricity to run winkers another 25% dont even have a speedometer. (legaly) most have a rear mirror one doesn't have even that but then it doesnt have a clutch either
I rely on road position and judgment and the fact I am never in town with them.
 

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