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Old 09-18-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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LED lighting on a bike with no battery?

I have a cm 200 that does not use a battery. can I replace all of my bulb lights with LED lights? they should draw less power, correct? my bulb lights like the headlight kind of brighten and dim. can i use an LED bulb for the headlight?

the bike is pretty cool by the way. I'm so stoked to be actually riding again sometime soon. really I just need to get handlebars and tires.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks
i beleive its a 12v system, but i dont know much about electrical stuff
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:44 PM   #5
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And i seem to have a regulator rectifier.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #6
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Wait...... is this another bike then the one you picked up about a month ago?
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yeah, this one is way better... it actually runs, lol. that vt500c was a
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You can replace just about every bulb with LEDs. Turn signal flasher will likely need to be replaced with an electronic one, otherwise you'll have to put in load resistors to slow down the flashing rate. The resistors kinda defeats the purpose of going LEDs to lower current draw.

As for headlight bulb, you probably have an H4, which won't be easy to replace with just an LED bulb. Even if you could, the performance won't be safe enough to ride your bike at night. There are headlight assemblies that are specifically designed with LEDs. I've seen them on Harleys. It ain't gonna be cheap. Probably cost more than what you paid for the bike.
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Anything i can do to make my headlight brighter and stop pulsing?
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The only way to stop it from pulsing is to add a small battery or huge capacitors. Battery would be the preferred choice. Plus, if you ever have problems on the road, you still have lights for emergency.
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i have run the bike a few times this morning, tweaking it to try and get a better idle and whatnot, and i think i am going to put the battery back on...
it was a fun little idea to go battery-less, but that light is pretty dim. i dont have a tail light on the bike right now, but i'm betting that would be pretty dim, too. i'm not looking to become a bumper ornament in the coming early morning, pitch black winter mornings.
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The battery for this bike should be pretty small and relatively cheap. I would leave it on there.
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Get a capacitor battery if you have to batteryless. They sell them on ebay as battery eliminators for YSR50's and other little 2 strokes IIRC
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