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Blinking license plate frame?
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:30:43 pm »
Today I passed a C14 going the other direction, and when I looked in my mirror I could see when he applied the brakes two red lights on either side of his license plate started flashing. When he let off the brakes the lights went out. I couldn’t tell if they were individual lights, or if it was a license plate frame that had lights built into it. I did some Google searching to see if I could find whether this was a ready-made product available, but wasn’t having a lot of luck. I found the Volo lights, that have lights above and below the license plate, but I really liked the lights to the sides of the license plate. They were further apart and looked like they would be easier to differentiate from one another. Anyone seen anything like this and have any idea if it’s an off-the-shelf product? Thanks!
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 07:46:55 pm »
Sounds like Hyperlites http://www.hyperlites.com/
Have them on my bike. Highly recommended. Also recommend buying direct - seems to be a mom and pop shop and they provide outstanding customer service. Replaced a dead three year old controller without any questions.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 08:49:39 pm »
Another option are the P3 units from Skene.  IMO brightest and use small bolt/nut to attach.  They are programmable.  Be warned.....a good bit more costly. 
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 12:32:22 am »
Sounds like Hyperlites http://www.hyperlites.com/
Have them on my bike. Highly recommended. Also recommend buying direct - seems to be a mom and pop shop and they provide outstanding customer service. Replaced a dead three year old controller without any questions.


Got these. ^

Easy to install but you need a light bar to mount them on your license plate screws. You can buy one from them for about $10 or maybe make one yourself if you have some bar stock laying around.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 01:05:14 am »
Hi again Scott. I have the Hyperlites. I’m pretty sure you followed me on a ride this summer? A few other guys on that ride have the same lights. They work as advertised in the link. I guess you were a few riders back since it was a big group. If you think it’s something else or perhaps better, let us know what you find. 
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 01:17:51 am »
Today I passed a C14 going the other direction, and when I looked in my mirror I could see when he applied the brakes two red lights on either side of his license plate started flashing. When he let off the brakes the lights went out. I couldn’t tell if they were individual lights, or if it was a license plate frame that had lights built into it. I did some Google searching to see if I could find whether this was a ready-made product available, but wasn’t having a lot of luck. I found the Volo lights, that have lights above and below the license plate, but I really liked the lights to the sides of the license plate. They were further apart and looked like they would be easier to differentiate from one another. Anyone seen anything like this and have any idea if it’s an off-the-shelf product? Thanks!

Negative guys...
He probably has the same tag frame I have... bought at Cyclegear.
Cost, around $45.
It has 2 rows, 1 upper, 1 lower of led tail lights, left/right turn signals, and brake lights.
Comes in chrome or black.

Lots of wires to hook up. I put them in a plastic flex conduit, made a 3/8" hole through the fender behind the tag, attached the loom to the backside of the fender, and ran straight up under the seat where they tied into the bike wiring.

Works great, and adds visibility rearward.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 01:21:48 am »
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 01:26:52 am »
<snip>but I really liked the lights to the sides of the license plate. They were further apart and looked like they would be easier to differentiate from one another

The OP says this, so I think it’s something else, like the Hyperlites.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 01:30:30 am »
<snip>but I really liked the lights to the sides of the license plate. They were further apart and looked like they would be easier to differentiate from one another

The OP says this, so I think it’s something else, like the Hyperlites.

Maybe so...
The leds on mine that are not lit on each side, top & bottom, are the signals.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2017, 03:14:07 am »
Hi all. Thanks for the responses.  The lights I saw today were definitely to the sides of the license plate. I tried to look at the Hyperlites webpage, but it won’t load properly on my phone and Microsoft broke my computer with their update over the weekend so I can’t check it there. Based on the description on the Hyperlites website  and one of the pics however, it sounds like that might be the system. Whatever it was they flashed constantly while the guy was sitting with his brakes on. Nice and bright and very easy to see. Once I am able to undo whatever windows 10 did to my desktop I’ll take a better look.  Steve, the only ride I was able to make this year was the eagle watching ride, and I don’t remember who I followed but if anyone had flashing lights it didn’t catch my attention at the time. If you’re able to post a pic, or even better a short video of the lights working I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2017, 11:14:42 am »
Ok that makes sense, Jack and I were following the group on the eagle ride, and you gave me a few routes but didn’t ride them with us yet.   :motonoises:

Here is a link to a YouTube demo video for the Hyperlites. More searching will show you how to install them.

https://youtu.be/7GUn_G65BC8
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2017, 11:42:49 am »
Hi all. Thanks for the responses.  The lights I saw today were definitely to the sides of the license plate. I tried to look at the Hyperlites webpage, but it won’t load properly on my phone and Microsoft broke my computer with their update over the weekend so I can’t check it there. Based on the description on the Hyperlites website  and one of the pics however, it sounds like that might be the system. Whatever it was they flashed constantly while the guy was sitting with his brakes on. Nice and bright and very easy to see. Once I am able to undo whatever windows 10 did to my desktop I’ll take a better look.  Steve, the only ride I was able to make this year was the eagle watching ride, and I don’t remember who I followed but if anyone had flashing lights it didn’t catch my attention at the time. If you’re able to post a pic, or even better a short video of the lights working I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!




Theres a lot of options for rear brake warning.  I'm still amazed at how dim bike rear end lights are from the factory, in the year 2017. And I don't think ANY maker is installing any modulation systems factory. 


I did this on mine, for other ideas however the bracket I used may not even be made anymore.



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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2017, 12:52:14 pm »
I agree that the factory lights leave a lot to be desired. Fortunately there are a lot of good options for embellishing the lights. The Hyperlites were one of the first farkles I added. More recently I added the GixerHP Switchback lights which greatly improves the front running lights and rear lighting. It turns the rear turn signals into additional brake lights.  It’s also LED which means the chances of running with a burned out light are greatly reduced.  There are also aurguably brighter.

http://forum.cog-online.org/gixerhp-switchback-lights/switchback-lighting-deal!/
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2017, 01:22:42 pm »
I just went the cheap route and installed a flash module on the stock rear brake light.  Its impossible not to see and really grabs attention when brakes are applied.  I think it was $4.99 on Amazon.

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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2017, 05:50:47 pm »
I just ordered the Hyper-Lite kit and cannot wait to install. Doing valve inspection next month so it should be a good time to add.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 09:13:18 am »
I use Vololights. They make a frame and also a hidden kit that uses your exsisting lights with Skene P3 kit. Can't have enough lights on the bike.

https://vololights.com/

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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 04:02:34 pm »
I use the Admore lights made for my Givi topcase, and their default mode is to flash when the brake is first applied.

I looked at the Vololights website and it's pretty interesting that they have a kit to flash when decelerating without brakes. 

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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2017, 07:01:55 pm »
I was finally able to take a look at the Hyperlites website. That looks to be what I saw. Thanks for all your help everybody.
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2017, 09:36:36 pm »
I use the Admore lights made for my Givi topcase, and their default mode is to flash when the brake is first applied.

I looked at the Vololights website and it's pretty interesting that they have a kit to flash when decelerating without brakes.

I have the hidden kit and love it, activates on decel and no need to kit the brakes, this is also hooked to the admore lights in the topcase. Then when the brakes are hit the P3's start flashing and doing their thing. Like I said never enough lights on a bike.... :)
 
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Re: Blinking license plate frame?
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 07:13:23 pm »
I use Vololights.


Came here to say the same. Vololights not only light up when braking; they have accelerometers so all you have to do is downshift or even just let off the throttle and they'll flash. Perfect for when in traffic and you slow down without hitting the brake.
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