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I have used these quite successfully. I have never needed an equaliser or any other such thing. Just plug and play. Nothing brighter. Never a problem. Search the site carefully and you will find motorcycle specific tail lights and more...

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Len, I fitted one of these to my Monster about 18 months ago.

It's astonishingly bright; maybe even a little anti-socially so in dark, wet conditions. Clearly visible even in bright sunlight.

It does get warm - but I don't think as hot as an incandescent bulb; hasn't melted the lens yet.

I tried several variations; this was far better than the "clusters of regular LED" versions, and the projector lens seems to greatly increase light output directly behind.

LOL; I just checked - same item still available, same seller - half the price they were; now $9 a pair...
What color was the lens?
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Len,

The lens on the tail light is red. The projector lens on the LED is clear, and the LEDs are red.

This hopefully makes it clear; note that most of the "bulb" assembly is actually ally (first attempt at posting images; this may take a while....)




I was a little concerned that it might be too directional on the light, so it wouldn't be obvious unless you were directly behind it - I've noticed that with some factory LED lights, both tail and indicator, on some new cars.

However, the side LEDs seem to light up the whole tail light (probably as almost much as a regular bulb), and then the light from the projector/diffuser lens itself is very bright - because there's a pretty serious LED behind it...

There's no dedicated anything for brake; the whole thing lights up; when you test for brake light functionality, it just gets 4-5x brighter...

I'd take the power claim with a pinch of salt; these are often lies/misleading/fantasy.

25W LED headlights are like, 4000, 5000 lumens - I don't think this is quite that bright... But it's hard to miss.

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I just checked back in my maintenance history and see I replaced my old rear bulb with an LED back in 2007, same one that Mick posted info on. I too did not add any "equalizer" and it has been functioning perfectly since. Don't remember the cost though.
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The lens on the tail light is red. The projector lens on the LED is clear, and the LEDs are red.

This hopefully makes it clear; note that most of the "bulb" assembly is actually ally (first attempt at posting images; this may take a while....)




I was a little concerned that it might be too directional on the light, so it wouldn't be obvious unless you were directly behind it - I've noticed that with some factory LED lights, both tail and indicator, on some new cars.

However, the side LEDs seem to light up the whole tail light (probably as almost much as a regular bulb), and then the light from the projector/diffuser lens itself is very bright - because there's a pretty serious LED behind it...

There's no dedicated anything for brake; the whole thing lights up; when you test for brake light functionality, it just gets 4-5x brighter...

I'd take the power claim with a pinch of salt; these are often lies/misleading/fantasy.

25W LED headlights are like, 4000, 5000 lumens - I don't think this is quite that bright... But it's hard to miss.
Thanks, spuggy, for your help. I see them on ebay, however the specs for length is 55mm ( 2 3/16'), length on a 1157 incandescent is 2'. Not sure if it would hit the red lens. My tail lite also has a clear glass lens on top for the license plate, don"t how the LED would affect that.
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Thanks, spuggy, for your help. I see them on ebay, however the specs for length is 55mm ( 2 3/16'), length on a 1157 incandescent is 2'. Not sure if it would hit the red lens. My tail lite also has a clear glass lens on top for the license plate, don"t how the LED would affect that.
Well, two of your concerns are easily addressed:

My XLCH tail light lens has a good 1/2", probably slightly more, clearance on the bulb length. So don't expect that'd be an issue. The LED bulb is only a fraction longer; 5mm looks about right.

Good point on the plate illumination; perhaps just buy a 70W white one instead of the 30W red one?

However, did hit an unexpected snag.

The ally body of the bulb won't go into the RH55 bulb holder. Won't go deep enough to locate the pins, because the ally ring is wider than a "real" glass bulb at that point.

Doesn't look to be fouling by much, could prolly get enough depth to engage the pins with a rough file and 2-3 mins shaping a bevel on that first knurled portion there - but it does definitely foul and won't go in.

Bizarre, that wasn't a problem on anything else I tried this bulb in...
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I installed thes in the tailight on my 04 and so far the brightest bulb I've had. Theyre also available in 1157

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... My tail lite also has a clear glass lens on top for the license plate...
SuperBrighteLEDs.com has specific bulbs for motorcycle tail lights. These have red LEDs facing rear, plus white LEDs facing both up and down so they light up the plate wherever it may be, above or below. You may have to do some tedious searching to find them on their website, unless it is now better organised than it once was.

Note that some [many?] of their LED bulbs come in both narrow and wide angle versions. I use the narrow angle ones for running lights [seen from farther away] and the wide angle ones for turn signals [so they better light up the lens].
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