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View Poll Results: Are Amber Spot/Flood lights better than White?
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I have white aux lights. Even though aux, they're always on. (Clearwater Darla--pricey, but really nice.) I have the slip-on amber covers that I can easily put on them when in rain or fog.
These look nice. Do you have them on a Suzuki c50/c90?

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Nope. On my BMW 12GS. But I'm sure you can find pics somewhere of them on a Boulevard.

Here are some: https://www.clearwaterlights.com/pag...ard-gallery%20

A fork mount is probably best, but would work on a lightbar too. The folks at Clearwater are really easy to talk to--just ask 'em.

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Nope. On my BMW 12GS. But I'm sure you can find pics somewhere of them on a Boulevard.

Here are some: https://www.clearwaterlights.com/pag...ard-gallery%20

A fork mount is probably best, but would work on a lightbar too. The folks at Clearwater are really easy to talk to--just ask 'em.
I will give them call, thanks for info!

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I haven't seen amber "fog" lights in years on vehicles. I don't think the color amber proved to be any more effective than white for driving in fog. We used to say white for driving lights and amber for fog lights but amber has disappeared, now it seems the distinction between fog lights and driving lights is the how they are pointed and the beam pattern.

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Auxiliary Lights Installed

I've installed auxiliary lights yesterday night. Attached are some pictures of how it came-out. Picture with night illumination will be included at a later date.

A few things of note:
  • Per multiple recommendation in this thread and per voting poll results, I've installed white (clear) lenses.
  • I originally intended for the aux lights to be mounted via Memphis Shades Turn Signal Relocation Kit MEM9996, but the extension bracket (black part of the product) was made out of plastic, and it didn't seem to be strong enough to support large light pods at a several pounds each. Instead, I mounted Denali DR1 light pods instead normal location of of front turn/running lights and used some 3/8"x1" plus 3/8"x3/4" chrome spacers and longer bolts from Home Depot to extend past the protruding parts of the windshield. Turn signals were relocated lower on the front fork using MEM9996. Come to think about it, most auxiliary/driving lights can be installed this way. Denali DR1 Single Intensity light pods are made of cast aluminum, and have a hefty weight.
  • The switch mount plate from Denali doesn't fit Suzuki C50 '08, contrary to the Twisted Throttle claim. I actually double checked with them over the phone before placing and order, and still couldn't install it. I opted out to mount the aux light switch on the left mirror support via included double sided tape.
  • My running lights are switchback LEDs with clear lenses.
  • I've also swapped-out 10 degree spot lenses for True-Hybridô lenses. We'll test how the light output is tonight.
  • Included wiring harness was installed under the right side plastic cover in the area of ICU.
  • Some extra wires and plugs from lights and switch were hidden under the left front plastic cover next to to fork.
  • Bike also has Memphis Shades Fork Deflectors installed - no interference from the lights.

P.S. Here is a link to spacers used: 3/8 in. x 1 in. Steel Spacers in Chrome (2-Piece/Pack) https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...0354/204604749
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A few more close-up photos attached.
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Lightbulb Night Time Pictures Attached

Low and High Beam shots attached.

Setup:
Suzuki Boulevard C50 2008 with
Philips RacingVision H4 Headlight Bulbs
12342RVS2 Xtreme Vision Upgrade

Plus:
Denali DR1 Single Intensity LED Auxiliary
with DR1 True-Hybridô lens

Note: Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.
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After riding for a few weeks, I can tell the aux lights help. They don't make a world of difference in urban environment full of street lights and other ambient lighting, but they make it easier to navigate the dark back roads and dimly lit streets. They did make me feel more comfortable on a recent NY->NJ->NY trip, when I was coming back in the dark. I would rate this lights 7 out of 10, in part for outstanding customer service from Twisted Throttle. "-1" for chrome not being completely uniform on the back of cooling fins, "-0.5" for dinky switch mounted via double-sided tape and "-0.5" for switch mounting plate not working with C50 (contrary to advertised), "-1" for light distribution not being more of a uniform spread on sides. To be honest, $75 shipped - I don't think there is a light system out there that can compete. Would I buy it for $400+ original MSRP - No!

P.S. In all fairness, Twisted Throttle has a new version of this lights called Denali DR1 2.0, which addresses most of my complaints above, plus it has a proper water proof switch, ability to dim the lights out of the box (you do need an extra switch/module) and very cool canbus integration with certain motorcycles. If you were to buy full price, look for DENALI D4 2.0 - I believe a better light for the same $ (original MSRP).

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Six months update: Denali lights are going strong, I keep them on all the time to increase visibility. I dialed-in the Denali beam to match the headlight cut-off line. Riding in PA back-roads over Memorial day weekend: two lane serpentine road and surrounding lights-up like day. Very clear difference between the just the headlight and headlight+Denali lights. Really glad I invested into this lights, and wish my headlight had the same color tone. Considering aftermarket LED units or H4/9004 bulbs are mostly garbage, I will just stick with the current setup.

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