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Add More Lighting

March 22nd, 2008

I commute on the motorcycle every day, rain or shine. In the winter I spend most of the time on the bike in the dark. From that, I’ve noticed that most bikes are hard to see. Riders wear black, non-reflective clothing and ride bikes with usually anemic tail lights. The one bike that stands out is the Honda Goldwing. Goldwings have a tall stack of luggage and every piece has tail lights in it. Inspired by the clear utility of this, I decided to add more tail lights to my bike. I don’t have as much luggage as a Goldwing, but I do have a large top case (AKA trunk). The Givi E-52 is the largest top case Givi makes and is large enough to hold two full face helmets. Unfortunately the optional Givi light kit is not well regarded. Admore Lighting solves this problem with a variety of LED kits for Givi bags. They make a kit for the E-52 that includes 4 sections of LED and can function as supplemental tail lights, brake lights and signal lights.


The installation is straight forward. The E-52 has molded-in panels that can be cut out, allowing you to installed Givi’s light kit. Admore’s kit uses the same location and adds an additional panel of LEDs to each the rear corners of the E-52. Givi cases are made of soft plastic, so an X-acto knife makes quick work of removing the outer plate. The Admore kit comes with PowerTaps to tie into the various electrical points on the bike (power, ground, brake and turn signal wires). The wiring harness from Admore is split into a section that mounts inside the case and a section that mounts on the bike. A small barrel connector allows for a quick release in case you want to pull the E-52 off the bike.

The whole project took about 2 -3 hours, or rather it would have if the first controller from Admore had not been defective. Admore required a deposit before they would ship the replacement part to me. I’ll get the deposit back when I send them the bad part. I’m not too happy about that, but I am happy with the product.

These lights definitely enhance the visibility of the bike. They are not super bright, like hyperlites. They are simply very bright. More importantly, they are pretty big, with lots of LEDs, so they illuminate a large surface area. This is probably more effective that a smaller, brighter area. Combined with the stock tail light and hyperlites, I’m about as well lit as I can hope to be.

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  • These LEDs are not as bright as the hyperlights, but are still as bright as the tail & brake lights. The real benefits come from the greater surface area that is illuminated and the height o ...
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