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Old 07-15-2009, 11:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smaller headlight installed on Thruxton

I got done installing a new headlight on my bike a couple weeks ago, as well as some MBW LED turn signals that fit around the fork tubes. I started this project in January and took my time and only worked on it once in a while. I had been thinking that my stock headlight stuck out too far and looked odd without any gauges above it to fill up the empty space. I also liked the look of some bikes I had seen with a small headlight or no headlight. I was going to use a couple small PIAA lights, but I thought they didn't fit the style of the bike, so I ended up with a single Oberon billet light, which has a nice shape and keeps the single-headlight cafe racer look intact. The light has a halogen H4 bulb with high and low beams, and it also has a small parking light, so all the functionality of the original light remains. I reused my LSL fork tube clamps and just made a cross piece to support the light, having to change part of the Oberon mounting bracket to make it fit together. It would have been simpler to mount the light right to the lower triple clamp, but I didn't want to take everything apart just to drill/tap some holes into the clamp. There are no 54 mm MBW signals, so I also made a couple spacer sleeves to adapt their 56 mm signals to the 54 mm fork tubes. The old headlight bucket wiring was cut out or shortened to fit under the tank. I wasn't 100% sure I would like the change, but after seeing it completed, I do prefer the cleaner compact look of the small headlight. This change also dropped a couple more pounds in weight - now down over 64 pounds from stock, although I did it purely for looks.









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Old 07-15-2009, 11:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks vicious JG. Well done
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Looks vicious JG. Well done
+1, great job as usual. The headlight and turn signals are super clean.

I'm flattered to have inspired anything on your wonderful Thrux.

That Russ Mitchell/Exile-Built bike is bad-freakin-ass....I'd love to have it. Carbon everything (wheels, tank, primary cover, etc etc etc), huge motor, schwiiiiiing!
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Sick! You need to enter that into the Bike of the Month contest.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks good but for me I'd rather have a bigger 8" off a Duc SportClassic.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Looks vicious JG. Well done
Thanks Rodburner - Your bike is looking pretty mean lately. The chopped upper frame rails look very clean.

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+1, great job as usual. The headlight and turn signals are super clean.

I'm flattered to have inspired anything on your wonderful Thrux.

That Russ Mitchell/Exile-Built bike is bad-freakin-ass....I'd love to have it. Carbon everything (wheels, tank, primary cover, etc etc etc), huge motor, schwiiiiiing!
Thanks man! That Russell Mitchell 'RX Fighter' is my favorite of their bikes. It looks to be the most practical and ridable of all the Exile bikes. I like most of the bikes they've done, but if I could, I would want to own one of the non-raked ones - and this one also has rear suspension and seems more performance oriented, so it is my favorite.

When I saw that small light you put on a couple years ago, that is what got me thinking that my stock Triumph headlight was sticking out too far - so your bike is probably the main inspiration.

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Sick! You need to enter that into the Bike of the Month contest.
Thanks! I did enter a few months ago (with the old headlight).

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Looks good but for me I'd rather have a bigger 8" off a Duc SportClassic.
I like that Ducati light also. It looks to be a little shallower than the Triumph light, and might be able to be mounted a little farther back in the fork the the stock light, which was one of the main things I wanted. It just thought it seemed to be out a little too far, especially when seen from an angle like this:



The missing speedo/tach left too much empty space...
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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JG, been way too long since I've seen pics of your
incomparable Thruxton... the new headlamp looks
spot on, just pulls the front end together that much more, looks like it was meant to be - great work as ever! fwiw I'd take yours over the RM bike in a heartbeat...
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice!!

thats an amazing bike man!!

went in a different direction with my bike but also inspired by Exile.
really really really like that light you got on there!! been wondering what to do about my front. same issue, the light is just sitting out to far..
http://www.triumphrat.net/triumphrat...at-escape.html

is it still working well at night even though its so small??
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Egads, I think I have a new rave-fave. Bravo JG.

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