I am a member of VROC (Vulcan Riders and Owners Association, www.vroc.org)
and I love my motorcycle. I am always looking at quality ways of improving
its looks and power. As with most motorcyclists I have the CLAP (Chrome,
Leather, and Power disease!). The addition of your brake lights fit the
functionality of the bike very nicely.
I have installed and tested the LEDtronics 1157 Brake/License Plate light.
The install was very simple, just remove two screws from the lens cover
and swap out the old bulbs for new LEDs.
My first impression was "WOW, these are cool!" I was really impressed
with the instant ON and OFF the LEDs have over regular incandescent bulbs.
They seem to be just as bright as the stock bulbs and have added benefits
such as using less voltage and lasting way longer, especially with the
vibration of the bike.
I have a comparison picture of the lights side by side as well as strictly
the LEDs at idle. You can see that there is not a lot if difference in
the light produced from stock to LED.
2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic
With my bike being a cruiser, I tend to idle around more often than I
drive at higher RPMs. I have noticed that with the stock bulbs the charging
system had a problem keeping up with the electrical load. This would even
get more compounded if running additional driving lights. The LED lights
keep the bike happy when at idle and eliminate my worry of draining the
The only disadvantage that I can see with the brake lights is that the
rider does not get to enjoy them like all of the cars behind do! I may
want to look into getting LED signal lights as well so that I can enjoy
the crisp flash of the LEDs.
All in all the LEDtronics 1157 light is a great addition to the bike.
It adds extra safety, lowers power consumption and lasts for a very long
time. It would be nice to see the manufacturers of bikes introduce LED
lights into their new models.