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    An alternative mounting for LED spotlights.

    I have been looking at the various places to mount LED spots and have now fitted them in a location that I have not seen used before. This position will not suit everyone but it gives another place for consideration.

    My initial thoughts were:

    Mounting off the brake-housing puts the spots roadside of the shock absorbers which isn’t ideal.

    The design using a Tee-bar extension from under the headlights seems a very good option but it needs the frame to be modified.

    I briefly considered reinforcing the screen with round stick-on GPS mounts front and back as load-spreaders for mounting holes through the screen but that idea fails because the screen changes angle as is moves up and down. I still really like this idea though and may well return to it if the current idea fails.

    Body-panel mounting would trash any expensive (i.e. any) panels when the spots get clobbered.

    However, when looking at the Tee-bar option it became apparent that there is a vacant space between the upper front forks.
    Fork mounts for indicators (or headlamps) are easily sourced for the 53mm diameter of the upper fork tubes and with virtually no modification the Denelli style spots can be fitted to them leaving full adjustment for pitch and yaw.

    The only slight (I hope) drawback is that the front fork travel gets reduced from the theoretical 105mm (4 inch) to the 75mm (3 inch) at which point the LEDs would hit the front mudguard but it is currently ‘so far, so good’. The photos show the spots as fitted.

    I used the accessory plug under the handlebar centre cover to give a switched ignition trigger to the Innovv power distribution block and that switches the battery power to the spots.

    My aim was to get higher visibility to other road users rather than improved road illumination so I have set them at a pitch angle that avoids blinding any oncoming traffic and they are on whenever the ignition is on. They could just as easily be triggered by the main beam power to give true spot use.
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    Grample,

    I struggled with the location of LED auxiliary lights on my 650 and previously on my Silverwing. On the Silverwing I spent several weeks and some money working with a local machine shop to have a custom aluminum mount designed and built to get the lights off the wheels and into a position up higher like you did. On the BMW I looked at lots of options but rejected the idea of going into the plastic panels as well. For now I settled with the Clearwater Light mounts on the wheels, but I have spoken with a Clearwater rep and stated I would like to see a better option for a mount and he said he would pass along some of my ideas, but not sure if anything will ever come of this.

    The one location that could work is a mount that would utilize the metal brace that can be seen directly above your lights. With some generic braces and right angle pieces I had started to work on a mount that would be attached to this but it was crude and I had not found a means to attach it besides welding it on or drilling, but I am sure a clamp or other means of attachment could be created. If a mount was created that looked high end and could bring the lights just below the headlamps that would ideal in my mind.

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    The one plus of the lights on the wheels is the lights follow the direction of the wheel so this can be helpful in some situations.
    2014 C650GT Quartz Blue Metallic

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    Hi Bicyclenut,

    Yes, I also put some effort into using the cross-bar under the headlights. Someone on the forum has already done that but I can't seem to find the posting any more. That's the Tee-bar option I mentioned where the poster had drilled into the forward facing pipe of the frame to make it all secure.
    It is a shame that BMW didn't realise we all want max visibility and use one of the small LEDs in the indicators as a safety feature. That would be a zillion times more useful that the temperamental blind-spot triangles fitted to my 2016 model.

    Let us all hope that Clearwater really do come up with something professional-looking but sadly I do not think that enough C650s are sold to warrant any commercially produced stuff. Even Givi seemed to have abandoned the C650 except for 'standard' top-boxes: the side pannier support bracket has been discontinued

    When I had my Silverwings there was someone on that forum who ran a 'bespoke custom' service for designing and supplying useful accessory brackets until sadly he became unwell. We need someone like that to help us out.

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    Grample,

    I may still see if the guy at the machine shop down the road wants to help me figure out a mount for that location.

    I agree on the Clearwater solution and yes, hard to find custom fit accessories unless you make them yourself. I think I was fortunate to get one of the last few Givi pannier racks, I put it off for a year but glad I decided to go ahead.

    Yes, as a former Silverwing owner and frequent forum visitor, DennisB had a shop that made custom accessories for the Honda's. I had created my own bracket and I had 2 extras but couldn't even sell them at cost not even charging for my costs of prototypes from the machine shop and my time. Can see why accessory makers don't offer a lot of items with lower sales and low demand. You have something like a 1200GS, etc and you find plenty of accessories out there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grample View Post
    Hi Bicyclenut,

    Yes, I also put some effort into using the cross-bar under the headlights. Someone on the forum has already done that but I can't seem to find the posting any more. That's the Tee-bar option I mentioned where the poster had drilled into the forward facing pipe of the frame to make it all secure.
    It is a shame that BMW didn't realise we all want max visibility and use one of the small LEDs in the indicators as a safety feature. That would be a zillion times more useful that the temperamental blind-spot triangles fitted to my 2016 model.

    Let us all hope that Clearwater really do come up with something professional-looking but sadly I do not think that enough C650s are sold to warrant any commercially produced stuff. Even Givi seemed to have abandoned the C650 except for 'standard' top-boxes: the side pannier support bracket has been discontinued

    When I had my Silverwings there was someone on that forum who ran a 'bespoke custom' service for designing and supplying useful accessory brackets until sadly he became unwell. We need someone like that to help us out.
    2014 C650GT Quartz Blue Metallic

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