I read an article a while back that said something about the light being a legal requirement in Europe and, rather than make different front fairings for different continents, everybody gets the daytime running light.
I posted details sometime ago that showed how I removed the 3rd light and installed my radar detector in there. It works great and has saved me many tickets. I have it hardwired into the bike and a speaker hardwired into my helmet. The wire comes out from beneath the "ashtray" and has a quick connect that attaches to the speaker inside the helmet. I can hear the beeps at 140mph with an aftermarket exhaust, no problem. Its somewhere in the archives and it was quite detailed.
Blitz i used my little light just this morning. Heading home from work and it was still dark. I had put my fingerless glove's on when I left from work. But after about 5 mile's my finger's were frezzing,
So I stopped in a grain storage company. No light's in there little parking area. Pitch black out. So dark I could barely find key hole for trunk, Found it form feel. I turned the ignition forward and used light to sort my glove's out storage compartment and to put em on. I felt comfortable with light on and it helped me to not lose nonthing. Told you all I live out in nowhere's land.
Blitz From using radar detector in my truck. The only time it work's is when there's somebody in front of me out here in nowhere's land. If I'm alone and top a hill and cop's comming from opposite direction. I'm busted.
I've Thought of installing a radar detector, The place's I speed it would'nt help me.
Would a radar detector have prevented the ticket Blitz?
There is a more detailed explanation somewhere in the archives but here are the pics again:
Looking down from above after removing the gauges, windscreen, and middle light.
The lense of the middle light after I cut out the plastic backing with a razor blade...be careful.
Looking at the area from sitting on the seat, gauges are removed
Radar detector hard wired to the electrical system of the bike and with the speaker wire for the earpiece taped up where it won't come loose. I used the electrical wire that use to lead to the middle light for the power source. It even has a quick connect and is connected to the fuse box. I soldered the wire to the detector instead of using the plug in because of space considerations.
Looking down at the detector installed and held in place by velcro. It is very secure and I can still reach the buttons by feel once the windscreen is in place and the gauges are back on. I can even change from city to highway mode while I'm riding with one hand. Just have to get use to where the buttons are by feel. Even with gloves on.
Ran the speaker wire under the tank and up through the edge of the "ashtray". I dremelled the edge of the ashtraya little so it would be smooth and wouldn't cut the wire and it wouldn't make it bend so much. It sticks out of the ashtray about 12 inches. The speaker in my helmet is wedged in where the chin strap is attached near the ear. The wire in my helmet hangs out about 24 inches. You need to have at least this much total so you can move around and turn your head. You never even feel the wire when your riding.
The view from the front. Can you see the detector inside the middle light? It is permanently attached and you never have to remove it. I just put a towel over it when I'm washing my bike and don't spray water directly at it. I don't worry about someone stealing it because no one knows its there. It works very good and has no let me down yet. It is by far the best modification I have done to my bike. I can't even imagine riding without it. How in the world can you possibly avoid tickets without one?<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT="">
Did you put back a light in the lense or no light. You know here radar detector are illegal so i mount it in the fairing with the little sucking thing and pull it out and put in my pocket if a m..... f..... cop arrest me. They don't have the right to see in your pocket or coat instead they have a mandate. They are like everywhere just disguised tax collector.
So AW the installation I saw are well done but surely my amigos cop will ask question about a light who doesn't shine.
No light anymore and the detector is basically permanently mounted. Its not illegal around here, but I doubt a cop would even notice. I don't ride at night much and even if I did and got pulled over, I still don't think a cop would notice.