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Before anyone suggests that I search for previous posts, this is a particular request-

It's time to buy some LED spots again. On my last X I had the Bikeviz ones, which worked great and were "120. Others have claimed that the exact lights are available on eBay for pennies. I've never been able to find them -the ones that look to be the same actually have different shaped housings. The Bikeviz lights are round at the back while the eBay ones are flat at the bottom.

Still, I don't want to pay another 120 if I can get something of equivalent quality for less than half of that. I've seen te Interphone lights which also look good but are still around 100.

So, I'm asking for feedback on the cheap lights that you've been running for a while. Does anyone have any that haven't failed after a year or two and would recommend? Where exactly did you get them from? "I bought some for 30 of eBay" doesn't help in this situation unfortunately as there are many different options and sellers on eBay and I'd like to not end up buying tat.

The other consideration is about focus. LED lights are hard to focus and they do bleed, resulting in dazzle to oncoming road users which I want to avoid. These will be for running on proper roads so I'm not looking at the square ones with 6 LEDs in as they're just going to throw light everywhere.


Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Datatool Trakking issues
« on: February 25, 2020, 03:45:59 PM »
I got my last new X 18 months ago and it came with a free Datatool Trakking tracker. The Honda website says that this is still an offer with new bikes, though I'm not sure how much they publicise it.

Anyway, about 3 weeks ago I got a stream of about 30 email alerts overnight for a low battery. I called the support line and they didn't seem interested. I'd been out riding on a very wet day and assumed it might be something to do with damp.

Until today it's been quiet, but I've just had another 4 alerts.

Has anyone else heard of or experienced this? I can't find any conversation about it online.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / USB socket
« on: February 04, 2020, 05:35:20 PM »
Any recommendations for a quality socket/lead?

I want to mount it on the accessory bar.


Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Lights on Barkbusters
« on: January 21, 2020, 09:19:55 PM »
Barkbusters do their own LED units which fit to the Storm plastics. They look like the old-style LEDs and they mount in the perfect place to get knocked, so I wasn't interested. But I wanted to put some lights on the guards to increase my footprint from the front. There are plenty of truck-style marker lights online but none of them looked right. Then I found these small units from Amazon US previously in amber which I fitted as indicators on my side cases. Small, neat, waterproof and cheap, they do them in white as well so I bought a couple. Stuck them on the guards, wired them up to the Fuzeblock and away we go. I'm really pleased with how they look in the dark. Pictures below don't really do them justice.

Maintenance and Servicing / Missing seat rubber
« on: January 04, 2020, 03:18:01 PM »
I've just gone to refit my seat and noticed that it has been rubbing on the nearside side panel. Then I noticed that one of the two front rubbers that fit into the underside of the seat and cushion it against the frame is missing. I'm not sure it ever had one, as I've never seen it lying on the floor anywhere.

Does anyone happen to have a spare? If not, where can I get one from?


Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / How did you mount your Fuzeblock?
« on: January 04, 2020, 03:15:40 PM »
I'd be grateful for any pictures. I'm thinking that the best place is in the space between the battery and the OP plug, but I'll need to grind off one of the plastic raised holes that it looks like takes a self-tapping screw.

Does anyone know what these three holes are for?

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Auxilliary indicators for panniers
« on: October 20, 2019, 02:43:37 PM »
I've got panniers for my X. They stop further back than the indicators so they obscure sight of the indicators at some point when you're alongside the bike. Givi do a bracket to move the indicators back but it makes the bike look stupid.

I've been looking for some tidy amber LED lights for a while that I could stick to the rear of the panniers. I bought a few types of marker light from Amazon but sent them back because they were poor quality or not right. Then I found some on Amazon USA so thought I'd give it a go.

The rear indicators have a separate plug for each side under the seat. I bought a couple of these plugs and made a harness to plug between the loom and the bike indicators. Then using positsaps I tapped into this loom. That way if I ever sell the bike it goes with an undamaged loom. Now I have panniers with functioning indicators that I can just plug in under the seat whenever I want them on the bike....

I've got a 2018 'X, and I'm looking at wiring some additional rear lighting. Can someone please tell me;

-The plug/socket behind the seat latch that connects the rear light cluster to the loom -what type of plug is it? I want to buy male/female and make a loom up to slot in here.

-The plug is fixed to the mount on the bike. How do I release it? I don't want to just tug it off and break it.

-Colour-wise, which wire is which?


Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Pannier inner bags
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
Sometimes I've bought the OEM inner bags for pannier and top boxes, as it's a neat solution.

I've got Givi TRK33 panniers now and the Givi solution isn't neat. They offer the same bag that fits their TRK46 pannier, which is a fair bit deeper. And that's not a neat solution. The bag has more material (obviously) so takes up more space in the pannier, and you can't fill the bag, so it's floppy.

Has anyone come up with a nice tidy (cheaper) solution for these cases?

New and unused. It came with a top box I've just bought, but I've already got a plate on my X.

30 ono posted.

This one...

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