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adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by engineguy63 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:37 pm

Took a pan the other day for a ride (my bros. bike) and decided that is the way to go for me......however, with all the idiots on the road today, and the fact that several bikes I have been lookin at are titled as later years because of when/how they where put togather, (so I am told) I may want to add turn signals to get a MA inspection sticker. Is there a sorce for a kit to do this that does not look terrible, I assume there is little reason it can not be taken off at a later date if that was what I decided to do. Thanks for input and if someone has done this and has a photo.....send it along Thanks!!



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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by 51Hog » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:35 pm

I did mine myself.
I picked up a couple of aftermarket amber bullet lights from eBay.
I had the two Red Guide dual element bullets for the back.
Picked up a 6v flasher and a replica handlebar dimmer switch off eBay. (Not self canceling)
I did not want to drill my handlebars so the switch is clamped on with tiny hose clamps--(Really Ugly)
Some cloth covered wire (So the install appears original).
I now have parking lights on the front along with turn signals, and turn signals on the rear with brake lights.
Works like a charm. I have had no problem with the generator or the battery running the lights and the low beam of the head light.
I am sure that someone offers a kit out there.
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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by panz4ever » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:44 am

51Hog, I have the OEM lights and flasher (still looking for the proper switch). If I hard mount it on my 49 EL, I assume it would have to go on the right handlebar since the horn and the high beam switch are on the left handlebar? It is that way on my 65 Pan.

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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by 51Hog » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:53 am

My switch is mounted on the right handlebar and positioned for thumb action.
Rt turn is down--Lft is up.

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Post by RussW » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:04 am

Just as a point of legality for you, in Mass you only need directionals to pass inspection if your bike is a 1973 model or newer. I've been getting inspection stickers for my '61 for the past thirty years with just headlight, tail light, brake light, and horn. (No high beam indicator either, they never seem to ask!). Riding using hand signals is tricky at night, but during the day I think the driver behind you is at least as apt to see your hand signal as a little blinking light, maybe even more so since they probably think at first, "what to hell is that guy waving his arm for?". LOL

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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by 51Hog » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:53 am

RussW---
LOL---
Many of us older folks would be surprised how many of the younger generation have no idea what the legal hand signals look like. The only hand signal that many of them know how to use is the "I Hate My Neighbor Finger"
I don't think that hand signals are even in the driving exam now-----
Dale

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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by awander » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:58 am

When I lived in NJ, I used to love taking my 64 duo for inspection at the State Inspection Station in Newark.

The guy would say "brake", and I'd step on the brake pedal and he'd check the light. then he'd say "Left Turn" andI'd stick my arm out. Then he'd say "Right Turn" and I'd bend the elbow.

Only once in about 10 years did anyone question me at inspection, and I just said, "It never had turn signals-it's a 64" and he passed me with no other discussion.

These days, in PA, the guy who inspects my bike does it all himself.

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Re: adding turn signals to a 50's era bike

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Post by 1955fle » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:06 pm

I have a '55 and get an inspection in Mass every year with no turn signals. I get it at the HD Dealer. They have no idea what the bike should have or not. I only use hand signals with no problem.

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