The GTV-300 is a wonderful looking scooter but lacks sufficient lighting for long rides through the mountains or at night. They say that most accidents are because the cars do not see the bike. Therefore, I have decided to enhance the factory lighting on the Vespa. I will perform the following:
1. Purchase LED lights from Scooter West for all existing lights to lower my electrical usage;
2. Purchase a LED Running Light Conversion from Scooter West to convert my turn signals into actual LED running lights while also having the orange color turning lights;
3. Install BikeVis Bullets on the front with the twinkling module and red ones on the back with the brake light modulator add-on.
Everything except the front LED BikeVis Bullets is easy. The Vespa GTV-300 is curved everywhere so it is challenging to determine how and where to install these lights. The instructions say that I should not rush the process. Additionally, they suggest I sit in front of the bike on a chair while drinking some beer. They further suggested that after trying multiple locations and after three beers, I would have the solution. This is possible however, it is most likely to result in the LED lights shooting off twinkled lighting to the right top or bottom left sides of the bike.
I skipped the beer but had a very difficult time to determine where and how to install these little lights. They look very cool in the manufactures video as seen below:
I painstakingly tried these front lights in every possible location. On the fender, behind and next to the radiator, on top, on bottom but finally decided that I would have to make a mounting fixture to mount the lights on the side of the front so that they will actually point forward.
I visited four machine shops before one agreed to make the angled mounting parts for me in aluminum. They charged a minimum fee of $ 100.00. Aluminum will spot and mark in the rain, so I further had a Car body shop agree to paint them black. They could not paint them espresso brown unless of course I wanted to buy a complete gallon and pay hundreds of dollars. They said that they paint black cars often so it would not be too long.
I picked up the parts from the machine shop today and made this quick video showing you the plan. Explaining in writing may actually require those three beers. After the video, I brought them to the paint shop for painting. I will continue this post to show the installation. Notice in the video how I intend to use Posi-Taps to do the electrical wiring. The nice part of these taps is that they are strong yet do not mess up the integrity of the existing wiring. Best of all in my installation is that I can unscrew the connection when removing the glove box unit in the future as opposed to a soldered connection that would require cutting.
Note: Prices of thee lights and the Posi-Taps are on my Record of Costs Page and they can be purchased Motorcycle Innovations.