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Old 19th August 2019
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Same as the above poster. I have my 1980 on the lift as I save up money for buying wire from autozone.

Starting at the fender and working my way forward. Too friggin hot outside yet as I wait for sept.
Bike is wrapped in plastic outside till then.
Dry rot wire insulation from close to 40 years needs replacing. Turn signals are going back on that bike.
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I don't have any on mine.. just like the look without them. I had them off before the law changed here in Florida- now you have to run turn signals- have not had any problems, yet....
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Well I removed the turn signal the first week I got my 1992 XLH. Today I have 3 bikes and none of them have turn signal. As my children wand to drive bike now, I will put again all turn signal. I have to say that in 1992 it was easier to drive in my city with bikes, now the car driver are 24/24h phone users. Bliking light is understood as low battery warning, witch is the only importand thing in real life to care.
Even when I have to reduce my speed I use my lever's brake only for light blinking as it was a low battery alert.
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I was driving in my truck from NJ to CT, back home, and saw a sporty out there riding with no lights and black jacket. It was around 8PM and the sun was down and all I could see was this riders license plate light. I purposely got behind him and gave him extra space cuz traffic was moving and this guy was a shadow driving in the night. I wanted to flash my hazards when he was getting off the highway to give him a heads up but realized he was riding he took his lights off entirely. I feel old posting this but please put those lights on, I know it looks clean but don't compromise your safety.
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I would like to say that I always use my turn signals but I can't. I mean, I really physically can't. For some reason, H-D has the right turn signal button on the right handlebar just far enough away from my thumb when I am using my throttle, that I am prevented from reaching the switch unless I take my hand off the throttle and slide it a half inch to the left to push it. Yes, I use it when I can reach it and I don't need the throttle (slowing down to make a right hand turn). No, I can't use it when I'm on the highway and I need to move to the right land without slowing down.
This is one area where metric bikes have it all over H-D. Every bike I ever rode before I got my Sportster had both turn signals on the left side of the handlebar.
As far as self-cancelling signal lights are concerned, I don't need them. I never had them before and I am always watching the dashboard to see if it cancels itself -- or cancels itself before I want it to. If I had a way to switch my controls to the metric style, I would. Is there such a kit out there?
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