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Offline CalculatedRisk

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Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« on: November 05, 2015, 02:30:56 am »
Hi

I'm new to the Connie.  First after-dark ride tonight.

Observations: 
1) Better use the hi-beams in the turns or I can't see very far.  (are the lights aimed too low?)
2) The hi-beam indicator light is ridiculously bright!

On previous bikes, I have solved this problem by putting a sticker over the indicator.  It dims the light but I can still see it.

What do others do about the pesky bright hi-beam indicator?

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 09:34:24 am »
Light adjustment knobs are located on each side of dash. Easy to adjust. As for as the high beam indicator , it has never been a problem for me. :great:
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 11:28:35 am »
I had a similar issue with thinking the indicator light was excessively bright. So once again, I researched these forums and found the cure.
Take the dash off the bike, yes it's a little bit if work.  Once it's off, remove the back cover of the dash pod. Then locate the high beam indicator light and use a black sharpie marker to color it in.. I put a couple of coats of ink on my bulb. Then reassemble. Problem solved!
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2015, 12:09:39 pm »
I had a similar issue with thinking the indicator light was excessively bright. So once again, I researched these forums and found the cure.
Take the dash off the bike, yes it's a little bit if work.  Once it's off, remove the back cover of the dash pod. Then locate the high beam indicator light and use a black sharpie marker to color it in.. I put a couple of coats of ink on my bulb. Then reassemble. Problem solved!
Yep or if you want a quicker band aide so to speak, just place a small circle of Painter's Tape over it. The Painter's Tape is thin and the indicator is still easily seen.  :great:
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2015, 01:08:04 pm »
Been thinking about that insanely bright light since I bought the bike two years ago!

was thinking of a sticker on the outside of the lens....just for simplicity.

I ride at night so infrequently anymore, and keep forgetting to do it!
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2015, 01:16:34 pm »
Tape, stickers, wow!  Why not just put a band-aid on to fix the problem?
I tend to prefer a proper remedy than the easy, tacky solution.
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2015, 01:21:44 pm »
In that case, the "proper" remedy would be to install a lower watt bulb instead of using a Sharpie. ::)

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2015, 02:33:50 pm »
They aren't actually bulbs.  They are a diode that is soldiered onto the board. So changing the bulb isn't possible.
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2015, 02:34:39 pm »
In that case, the "proper" remedy would be to install a lower watt bulb instead of using a Sharpie. ::)

You're right except that it's an LED that's soldered to a circuit board.
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2015, 02:41:22 pm »
Tape, stickers, wow!  Why not just put a band-aid on to fix the problem?
I tend to prefer a proper remedy that the easy, tacky solution.

I preferred not to open the dash panel and mess with the diode, so I simply stuck a double layer of dark window tint over the cover, I can peel it off if I so desire.
works like a charm.

every C14 I've seen from the factory needed the lights adjusted upwards for proper aim... take a couple minutes to aim them, its makes a big difference...

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2015, 02:48:28 pm »
Okay, I'm out voted. I give up. A piece of tape on the dash is the "in"  thing. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what I want to look at on a new motorcycle.

My apologies to the OP for my silly and obscure suggestion. Please disregard my posts in this thread.
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2015, 03:00:56 pm »
Okay, I'm out voted. I give up. A piece of tape on the dash is the "in"  thing. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what I want to look at on a new motorcycle.

My apologies to the OP for my silly and obscure suggestion. Please disregard my posts in this thread.

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come on Nichole, I'm just offering the simple fix.... based on the skill levels I and others answer questions for.... you are an exception to the rule, I know pulling the dash doesn't scare you.... but some folks can't even figure out how to change the oil and gear lube correctly....


my apologies, you are correct, and the led can be darkened with a marker, I just hate to tell people to diassemble stuff, and then have them show up and say they botched it, dropped a screw and lost it, or something else.
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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2015, 03:21:04 pm »
Hi

I'm new to the Connie.  First after-dark ride tonight.

Observations: 
1) Better use the hi-beams in the turns or I can't see very far.  (are the lights aimed too low?)
2) The hi-beam indicator light is ridiculously bright!

On previous bikes, I have solved this problem by putting a sticker over the indicator.  It dims the light but I can still see it.

What do others do about the pesky bright hi-beam indicator?

Yes they are. I couldn't see much of anything the first time I rode my '08 at night. They're easily adjustable, and yes, the high beam indicator light is exceptionally bright. Personally I didn't do anything about it, but if I did it would be a circular piece of window tint. I'm not taking the whole thing apart to fix something like that!  ::)

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2015, 08:59:04 pm »
Hi

I'm new to the Connie.  First after-dark ride tonight.

Observations: 
1) Better use the hi-beams in the turns or I can't see very far.  (are the lights aimed too low?)
2) The hi-beam indicator light is ridiculously bright!

On previous bikes, I have solved this problem by putting a sticker over the indicator.  It dims the light but I can still see it.

What do others do about the pesky bright hi-beam indicator?

Yes they are. I couldn't see much of anything the first time I rode my '08 at night. They're easily adjustable, and yes, the high beam indicator light is exceptionally bright. Personally I didn't do anything about it, but if I did it would be a circular piece of window tint. I'm not taking the whole thing apart to fix something like that!  ::)

don't make Nicole feel she did wrong... but I did the same thing... hell, 3 minute mod worked nice... but the marker on the led works also.
I like reversable fixes :great:

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2015, 12:31:53 am »
There's a story behind the sticker on my previous bike:  I was fiddling with the bike in the driveway and my sweet young daughter arrived home from grandma's house.  She ran up to me and said "Here's a heart sticker for your motorcycle!"  Seeing that sticker always reminded me how much I love her.

I used the Sharpie fix on my SuperSherpa also.  It had to be reapplied annually but worked very well.

Take the dash apart?  No, thanks.  I already have one bike laid-up because I tried to fix it.

I like the window tint idea.  I'm going to try that.

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2015, 05:32:48 pm »
 small piece of black electrical tape applied inline with my eyes. blocks the annoying too bright led and I can still tell easily whether it is on or not.

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2015, 04:41:00 pm »


I like the window tint idea.  I'm going to try that.

If I had the problem that is what I would go with. At 6'3 I tend to be over the top of the dash to the point it does not afffect me much but The window tint is dark and easy to cut and apply and gives that "rice" effect with darkened lenses so many young tuners love.

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2015, 06:54:03 pm »
Well just don't look at it!

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Re: Pesky bright hi-beam indicator
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2015, 10:44:09 pm »
I just used a black  marker over the blue light, the only time you can see it is when the light is on , and the blue light may not be as Pretty now as pulling the dash apart  and doing the diode only
BUT I'm happy...

Your apologies accepted Sailor
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