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lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:40:49 pm »
I figured i would make a seperate post on this.
Some of us don't have lights, and want to do it on the cheap for their "night shift".
Chris ladelfa sent this to me, 20 bucks each put out 1800 lumens or something at 18w. imagine two of these on your handlebars!
http://youtu.be/yetGKStxbFA
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 08:16:16 pm »
Leds will be the way to go since most are running on battery packs.  There's a formula online for how many amp hours a battery will last with x amount of watts. I recommend some redundancy and use more than one light incase a rock takes one out. Most batteries last 3-4 hours so be prepared to swap out a battery.
I'm upgrading my headlight to a hid and will be looking into the possibility of hard wiring some helmet lights.  I need to figure out max amps stator I have to see what I can do. If the 5 of use racing,  2 will be racing in the dark.  I would suggest picking who else would want to run nights besides me. Someone that wouldn't mind dropping $$ on lights. Luckily this won't be like baja where we will reach speeds that will out run the light and need some super crazy shit
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 08:31:34 pm »
I'm not speaking for anyone else but think we should all have an equal amount of night riding. I am going to get a couple different light options for back up. Going to mount one on a helmet most likely. I haven't ridden at night in agaes but its fun. I am a yard though, will probably end up dead.

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2014, 08:59:04 pm »
I agree with tim. If chris wants to do his run all at once thats up to him, but i think 3-4 laps or 2 hrs and swap would be a good idea
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2014, 09:10:05 pm »
That's a great idea, Adam. I have to get back into shape. I can't imagine how winded I would be if I rode right now.

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2014, 09:37:16 pm »
guys the problem i have with my back is that it tightens up and gets stiff and super sore as soon as i get off the bike. The start stop shit would kill me. I cant ride at a fast b pace anymore but I can ride a consistent fast c class for 8 hours. What happens is I get sick of riding at about 5 hours and then hammer down the rest. ie monkey butt. I wanted to finish and put the hammer down instead of waiting for everyone. I wouldn't worry about me. With me working out, I should be able to do good. I got 4th at the barbed wire enduro in the sr c class and i wasn't even trying and stopped and waited for jim to catch up and was following some old guy to learn the timing aspect. 4th! I could  have owned that race if I was on my own
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 06:01:09 am »
Dude, if you want to ride your straight shift then go for it. I think that's a preference and I understand your situation. Honestly, I know exactly what you're talking about. My body is shot! I will try to throw down some good lap times, as long as I can keep it on 2 wheels. That's next to impossible for me.

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2014, 07:36:19 am »
Sometimes slower is faster
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2014, 07:59:39 am »
Consistency wins. I just don't have that. I just like to have a little fun. Body is to hammered to go at a descent speed.

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2014, 09:06:47 am »
Least amount of crashes and breakdowns is whats going to win this. Ill need to go through my old yamaha with a fine tooth comb.
If i can run this light on battery for 2 hours, ill be happy. Ill have a helmet light too
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2014, 10:04:40 am »
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N48RUXA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00N48RUXA&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwyoutub00ca-20&linkId=GQNKEDEGJSTHX6A5

Did you see the link in his video to the other stuff? This seems really cheap compared to the baja designs stuff.. Wonder if the quality is there.  I want one to play with. :)

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2014, 09:46:03 pm »
I've seen quite a few cheap LED set ups like this, and they seem ok.  Are they as good as say a Baja Designs, Rigid Industries, or Vision X light... I don't think so.  Will they do the job...probably.  I personally would order one and put it through its paces.  If it holds up, then order a bunch for the team.  If not, you're not out much. 

Based on my experience, I you're only going to have one light, make it a good helmet light.  You can definitely race this event with just a helmet light. 

I'm currently working on sponsors for the Northeast 24 Hour Challenge.  I'd expect that I will landing a lighting company as a sponsor.  I'd assume that they will be offering discounts for our riders.  I'll keep you guys posted.

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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2014, 09:48:25 pm »
I'm ditching my heavy 8" racing light and will be running a baja design s2 led light on the bike and one on my helmet. I will shed 10 lbs off the front end by doing this.
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2014, 10:27:08 pm »
Biggest thing i need to figure out is the power source. I do not want to buy a 165 dollar stator for 2 hours of night racing and then only use it for riding to and from the pine tree inn to drink heavily.
I will be looking into battery power, so far as i have calculated, a battery the size of the one my 250x had would power that light around 5-6 hours. I have an extra one tvat was in my razz. I have a charger, and a generator and should only need it once. Finding a place to put it on a yz250 however, is another matter. Plenty of time to work on it
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Re: lighting for night riding the 24 hr
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2014, 11:18:05 pm »
Backpack?
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