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I run what I call "safety lights" on all my bikes, basically small spot lights on my engine bars to help increase my visibility to all oncoming traffic. They usually work great.

With my recent purchase of a 2017 Indian Roadmaster I proposed to do the same but could not find a way to make the ones I normally use look good on the bike so I purchased and fitted the XK Glow brand Chrome Motorcycle Highway Bar Switchback Driving Lights DRL Turnsignal. These look great and actually pump out a lot of light for enhancing my visibility. The added benefit that come with these is that they can be tied into the turn signals and according to their mounting instructions the wiring for turns should be a simple wire going to a positive off the turn signals. Whilst the actual lights themselves are working, I am usually good at following step by step instructions on fitting most things, I cannot seem to get the turns to work with the factory turn signals. I have found the right wiring harness set up behind the Headlight Bezel and tried both wires without success.

Has anyone purchased these lights and fitted them to their Indian and if so can you offer suggestions on what I am doing wrong.
 

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I run what I call "safety lights" on all my bikes, basically small spot lights on my engine bars to help increase my visibility to all oncoming traffic. They usually work great.

With my recent purchase of a 2017 Indian Roadmaster I proposed to do the same but could not find a way to make the ones I normally use look good on the bike so I purchased and fitted the XK Glow brand Chrome Motorcycle Highway Bar Switchback Driving Lights DRL Turnsignal. These look great and actually pump out a lot of light for enhancing my visibility. The added benefit that come with these is that they can be tied into the turn signals and according to their mounting instructions the wiring for turns should be a simple wire going to a positive off the turn signals. Whilst the actual lights themselves are working, I am usually good at following step by step instructions on fitting most things, I cannot seem to get the turns to work with the factory turn signals. I have found the right wiring harness set up behind the Headlight Bezel and tried both wires without success.

Has anyone purchased these lights and fitted them to their Indian and if so can you offer suggestions on what I am doing wrong.
Washbrook - I'll start by saying I can't help you on the wiring. However, I fully agree with your "safety lights", a friend of mine has the HD Daymaker Reflector Fog lights on his Ultra and they provide great oncoming visibility. They make the bike appear much larger and wider to opposing traffic. They are made of quality materials, but they are expensive and have the HD logo on them. So I've been looking around for some other manufacturer's light to mount on the highway bars and I like these very much. I especially like the integrated turn signal of the XK. I'm interested in seeing daytime pictures of your finished installation.
 

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Thanks for this post Washbrook. Has anyone tried the license plates out there with the riding lights, brake and turn signals in them? I'd like to add some more visibility to my DH when braking/signaling.


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Mrlabee asked for some photos of the lights, here are some in various combinations with the other lights. I have not found an answer yet to my question so I'll just buy some relays and try and work out a way to sort it out.

Front no lights
Motor vehicle Vehicle Automotive tire Tire Car

Closer view of light on engine bar
Motor vehicle Vehicle Automotive exterior Car Bumper

Side view
Vehicle Auto part Motor vehicle Headlamp Automotive lighting

Close up from front
Motor vehicle Automotive exterior Automotive lighting Vehicle Automotive wheel system

Side view light on.
Motor vehicle Automotive tire Tire Alloy wheel Vehicle

Light on
Light Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Headlamp Automotive exterior Light Automotive tire Fender Automotive lighting Floor

Side view light on
Tire Automotive tire Vehicle Alloy wheel Spoke

Front view new light sonly on
Headlamp Automotive lighting Automotive tire Tire Light

With Normal low beam on
Headlamp Automotive lighting Automotive tire Tire Light

All lights in high beam
Headlamp Automotive lighting Automotive tire Light Vehicle

I think that covers most options. I would normally ride with safety lights and low beam per below.

Land vehicle Tire Automotive tire Headlamp Automotive lighting

Now to just get the indicator option working.
 

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So far nice job, as if they came with the bike. In your photos they are very bright and appear to provide some side visibility also. The real test is how visible they are on a sunny day. Looking forward to seeing the completed install. Hope someone else chimes in on the directional wiring.
 

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Very, very nice! This definitely peaked my interest! Did you ever get the turn signal light working?
I have not had the time as yet. I have purchased several relays and need to work out how best to make them work.
 

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I wonder if the turn signals have constant 12V+ and the flash is controlled by turning off and on the 12-
 

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I wonder if the turn signals have constant 12V+ and the flash is controlled by turning off and on the 12-
I was reading a thread on another site about can bus and came across this interesting post,
"For now, the primary method of adding farkles, etc. to Can-bus bikes will be the added fuse panel and connections directly to the battery. However, messing with the stock lighting systems is not for the amateur. In fact, there are already some small companies making an attempt to sell headlight accessories that don't meet their advertising claims and interfere with the area where design absolutely requires true electrical engineering expertise. It's a case of buyer beware."

I'm going to write to xkglow to see what they say. It appears that the good ol' days of just tapping into wires is gone...

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EDIT: Got the following response...

On a Street Glide (Rushmore bike which is Can-bus), I just tapped into the running lights/signals. The running lights powered the white and then the turn signal triggered the amber. I can’t say for certain that this will work on an Indian obviously but maybe the same method could be used.
 

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I actually messaged XK and am still waiting on a response. I guess they put in the too hard basket. I am starting to think that the benefit may outweigh the effort.
 

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I actually messaged XK and am still waiting on a response. I guess they put in the too hard basket. I am starting to think that the benefit may outweigh the effort.
Checking with you a year later, did you ever get the blinker function of the XKglow lights incorporated into the bike's electrical system? Are you still happy with them overall?
 

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Short answer, no. Funny that you ask though as I am getting some work done on the bike and asked my mechanic to have a look at it if he gets time. Still happy with the lights, they help the bike stand out in traffic.
 

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Short answer, no. Funny that you ask though as I am getting some work done on the bike and asked my mechanic to have a look at it if he gets time. Still happy with the lights, they help the bike stand out in traffic.
I'd like to hear what your mechanic finds out.
 

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It will be a while. I am having the Lloyd'z 121" Big Bore Kit done to the RM, maybe 4 - 6 weeks.
 
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