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Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:31:21 am »
Time for ME to ask for some advice for a change  :015: !

I'm thinking of adding some extra front lights , although I haven't decided which prooduct to buy,
i.e. Hyperlites, BikeVis bullets or whatever - and I haven't yet decided where I'm going to mount them,
i.e. Brake calipers, recess under the headlamp, on the R & G Crash bars ?

What I do want to do though, rather than just splicing into the Trophy lighting harness wires,
is to have a separate circuit with an independent switch on the handlebars to be able to turn them on or off.

Sorting out the connections for that circuit is not a problem,
but does anyone have recommendations for a suitable straightforward "ON/OFF" switch
that will fit comfortably somewhere convenient on the Trophy SE handlebars,
and that is available at a sensible price to purchase in the UK ?

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 09:27:31 am »
Better check your local laws re spotlight wiring and control of.

In Queensland, spotlights / accessory driving lights have to be controlled by the high beam and it's own additional switch.
Mr Policeman will give you a ticket here, in South Australia you'll get a defect notice.
And your only allowed 1 set of additional lights.

I just normally tap into the high beam wire adjacent to headlight bulb socket, and a switch in series to control the relay.
Companies like PIAA have a push on / push off switch and wiring loom that come with their spotlights.

I just bought a waterproof toggle switch ready to mount one day, just got to decide where to mount the spotties.
I may hold off and try some good Philips +100's not that the headlights need improving.

Eastern Beaver in the USA have great wiring looms already made.

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 09:52:24 am »
Hi Ken,

Cheers for the info - complying with the UK Lighting Regulations here won't be a problem for me,
nor the method of wiring the new lights up, I'm just looking for the right switch to use -
I've seen that one in your link available in the UK, but I don't think it can be easily mounted
onto the Trophy bars, due to their shape and all the other stuff on them !

Anyone got any other switch ideas ?

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 10:56:03 am »
You might consider this?   You would not have to use a switch per se.


http://www.aerostich.com/tools/electrical/electrical-accessories/autoswitch-as7.html

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 11:30:56 am »
Hi BigD,

Thanks for that - looks "interesting" !

Its's not quite what I want, as I don't want to splice into any of the Trophy wiring,
but if I can't find a suitable switch, I will certainly consider that option  :169:

Any more ideas ?

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 11:57:14 am »
Were I to add, or more likely when I do add, a switch, I will probably look at adding a small switch in the battery cover panel. That panel should be a fairly (relative) inexpensive piece to replace should I ever change my mind.  I agree the handlebar option doesn't seem very appealing.  Not a lot of room and it complicates routing of the wiring.

Otherwise, a couple of vendors to look at if you are not aware are Twisted Throttle and Aerostich.  They have bunches of stuff.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/

http://www.aerostich.com/

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 05:25:57 pm »
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You could try something like I made for PTT. Utilising the left hand mirror mount in my case.
I havent got around to mounting it on the new steed has yet. It worked fine for me when I was bike to bike  :028: :028: :028:

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Re: Recommendations for an extra handlebar switch ?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 06:04:52 pm »
Hi Chaos,

That could work - but I still need to source the appropriate weatherproof "On / Off" switch,
and the actual bracketry to attach it to the Mirror mount ( I have mirrors fitted on both sides like in your Photo ).

The alternative would be some sort of bracket that could be fixed to the clamp on the right side of the bars,
or even a tie wrapped bracket attached around the bar where the front brake reservoir is ( there's probably just enough clearance ).

Still looking for the right  bits and pieces though ..... ?





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