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    Underglow Lighting Thread

    I am a proud user of motorcycle underglow lighting. I think it actually should be a necessity, or legally mandated on street bikes, as the lights improve visibility and make you more obvious to other drivers at night. Daytime, the effect is much reduced, but it still allows for greater personalization.

    What I hear is that underglow lighting came from the cruiser and touring community, but also that Beemer riders tend to shun underglow lighting. Is this in fact the case? Or is there actually a sizable population of Beemer riders with LEDs?

    If so, what would the market be for adjustable LED lighting built into BMW motorcycle body panels? I personally despise the lighting rig I'm working with; I constantly worry that cables will snap or lights will burn out. I can notice clearly the discolored weatherproofing on my LED lights, and I think it would be far better if BMW built the lights into the panels. And if the underglow lighting were an intrinsic option, the lighting could be brighter, and thus more visible both during the day and night.

    Would anyone else support built-in LED underglow for BMW motorcycles?

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    I've never seen a BMW with underflow lighting, though they may exist somewhere. Definitely not for me. Don't be offended, but I think it's tacky.
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    Definitely tacky.

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    I have never been a fan of them, other than when you see them lighting up a custom bike at a bike show to highlight the paint. However, my oldest son just bought his first bike (Honda CB500) and the PO had installed them. I forget the exact brand now, but they have a remote with them so you can change the colour of the lights. One of the features with them (if you tie them into a brake wire) is to have them come on "red" when you activate your brakes. His aren't wired that way, but when I visit him later this month we are going to rewire them so they will light up when braking, I have to admit that has me intrigued.

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    Thanks for YOUR concern about MY safety.
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    ^ this.

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    You have a valid claim with your "improved visibility" angle. Of course that was the same logic that went into the mandatory headlights-on laws. And those may have helped......until 90% of the cars on the road adopted the same lighting.
    Mandate underglows on all bikes they will lose the ability to stand out, and the bikes will return to being to being overlooked.
    Not that it matters, but I'll also second the vote of those who find them tacky. Silver aluminum Christmas tree lighting comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inst View Post

    Would anyone else support built-in LED underglow for BMW motorcycles?
    Not me! I'd quit riding a BMW if it was mandatory.... another vote for the tacky look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inst View Post
    I am a proud user of motorcycle underglow lighting. I think it actually should be a necessity, or legally mandated on street bikes
    Everything I like should be legally mandated and everything I don't like should be outlawed. Feeling thusly, I think that underglow lighting should be outlawed.
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    Anything I say on this would be twisted into calling me a racist. This is the United States, NOT Nigera or Ecuador. Do as you please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    Anything I say on this would be twisted into calling me a racist. This is the United States, NOT Nigera or Ecuador. Do as you please.
    This should get them going...

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    There are a lot of "lowrider" show cars around here that have the under-lights. On a few of them, it looks kinda neat. On many, to call it "tacky" or "poorly executed" is a polite understatement.
    I've seen it a lot at Sturgis - 90% of the time, it falls into the tacky class.
    Now quit giving the DOT ideas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    Anything I say on this would be twisted into calling me a racist. This is the United States, NOT Nigera or Ecuador. Do as you please.
    Did I miss Nigera (SIC) and Ecuador mandating underglow lighting?
    Or did you simply pick countries you don't know anything about and assume they must be repressive?

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    What we are going to do is realize customization is frequently cultural-

    Throughout all cultures, people have customized their vehicles.

    Pakistan bus for example-



    California low-rider bicycles-



    To motorcycles-



    To golf carts-



    No doubt it's despised by purists but it's a big world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDiCarlo View Post
    Did I miss Nigera (SIC) and Ecuador mandating underglow lighting?
    Or did you simply pick countries you don't know anything about and assume they must be repressive?
    Boy oh Boy I have to thank YOU ...Gary/Omega Man..

    As for you Jeffy boy, I truly dont know where your thought processes run but they surely aren't in line with down here where I reside. Government restriction nor ANYONE "controlling what we say or do NEVER comes into my mind"......


    This is almost funny......God bless.....Dennis

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