Sport Touring and Long Distance Riding

Month: April 2015

Light Cannons


Additional lighting was one of the first things I added to the FJR, a pair ofLR4’s from  Their compact and extremely bright floods that live on the forks down around the fender.  They do a very good job of throwing a lot of light in front of me.  I do need to put some more focused light further down the road though.  Thanks to Justin for a good deal on a pair of LR64’s which require a custom bracket to put them up high (in front of the mirrors.)



As Justin said in his post on

Are you brave enough? If you’re the kind of guy that would stick a 2.5 Lb HID on your bike, then this is the light for you. These lights are 4 inches square, and weigh in at 2 Lbs each. 4 huge reflectors focus the 3400 Lumens into a far reaching spot beam.

Model: LR64 Spot
4x Cree XML T6 LEDs
Large Reflectors for Long Range 15 Degree Spot Beam
3400+ lumens each
2.4 Amps, 10-30 Volts DC Input
IP67 Waterproof, 100% Aluminum Housing
Thermal Protection, Shatter proof, Scratch Resistant Ultra Clear PMMA lens, CE Certified


I’m treating this as version 1, especially since the only stock I had access to was some .040″ aluminum from my buddy’s garage.  I expect the vibration from 2 pound blocks of aluminum will need substantially more thickness in the end.  Using a template cut from thin cardboard, we made a couple of blanks, cut out the three mounting holes and the fit looks pretty good.  I need to get these on and working for the rally this weekend, so they’re not as tight to the mirror stalks as planned.  In a few weeks I’ll work on version 2 stiffer and more “up and forward than out and to the sides.”

I threaded a couple of 4mm power jacks into the upper dash panels to make adding or removing these (or any other aux lights) a snap.



Update: (April 27, 2015) I was right about the .040 thick aluminum being too thin.  The vibration was obvious.  Also, in my rush to get this ready for the Cape Fear rally, I missed an electrical problem on the right side and seem to have leaked potting epoxy into the dimmer for these.  More soon.

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