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Series ‘A’ Brake Light Switch


Bikerjoan

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Id like to ask other owners, What type of rear brake light switch are fitted to their machines ? & mounting details.
I was fortunate to find a Miller switch which I presume is pre war & quite rectangular in shape for my Meteor.
I have recently located another round switch probably pre war without a makers name, just fitted to a Comet.

The switch offered by http://www.rudge.parts/electrical-equipment.html looks like a good option if anyone wants to avoid plastic more modern looking options.

Some photos attached.

Thanks
Jon

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Somer

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There is a Harley Davidson unit that looks very similar to the post war ones.
 

vin998

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As the series A's were never fitted with a brake light I decided to hide the brake switch and so mount it under the front of the RFM. On my Comet the brake cross shaft is exposed underneath so I attached a bracket to the cross shaft and mounted a brake switch to the bracket and so when operating the brake, the cross over shaft rotates and so operates the brake light. A second bracket attached to the mudguard mounting has an adjustable stop which is a 1/4" bolt so the switch operation can be adjusted. As the switch is not visible you can adapt whatever switch you wish. Below are some photos, but it is a bit difficult to show what I did.
Simon
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Bikerjoan

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As the series A's were never fitted with a brake light I decided to hide the brake switch and so mount it under the front of the RFM. On my Comet the brake cross shaft is exposed underneath so I attached a bracket to the cross shaft and mounted a brake switch to the bracket and so when operating the brake, the cross over shaft rotates and so operates the brake light. A second bracket attached to the mudguard mounting has an adjustable stop which is a 1/4" bolt so the switch operation can be adjusted. As the switch is not visible you can adapt whatever switch you wish. Below are some photos, but it is a bit difficult to show what I did.
Simon
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Thanks for that Simon, an interesting & practical solution.
 
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Robert Watson

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I hid a Japanese one under there and made a simple adjustable arm that is set on the cross shaft with a set screw, and To quote an old nursery rhyme, "and nobody knew they were there!"
 

vincenttwin

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As the series A's were never fitted with a brake light I decided to hide the brake switch and so mount it under the front of the RFM. On my Comet the brake cross shaft is exposed underneath so I attached a bracket to the cross shaft and mounted a brake switch to the bracket and so when operating the brake, the cross over shaft rotates and so operates the brake light. A second bracket attached to the mudguard mounting has an adjustable stop which is a 1/4" bolt so the switch operation can be adjusted. As the switch is not visible you can adapt whatever switch you wish. Below are some photos, but it is a bit difficult to show what I did.
Simon
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Some where I saw a HRD sales leaflet and it had a extra price for rear brake light , so I would say they were fitted , what year in the UK did motor vehicles have to be sold with rear brake lights 1931?
 

Nulli Secundus

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Some where I saw a HRD sales leaflet and it had a extra price for rear brake light , so I would say they were fitted , what year in the UK did motor vehicles have to be sold with rear brake lights 1931?
My guess would be 1937, which is when speedometers became compulsory. I am sure someone will come up with the correct answer if this is wrong.
 

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