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Aprilia Caponord additional light installation

Ask anyone, they'll tell you--I'm blind as a bat. Sure, the Capo throws a lot of light. Why not have it throw ridiculous amounts? I mean, I want to see that deer while it's still thinking about the road, not when it's halfway across...

The enemy

The GE H7604 bulb. Designed for aircraft use, it's a 12 volt, 50 watt bulb that produces 100,000 candlepower. It's a PAR-36, i.e. 4.25" in diameter. I found an online source that sells the bulbs for $12 each ( Wick Outdoor), and a rubberized mounting for the bulb with wires, brackets and polycarbonate protective lens for $19 from Southwest Public Safety. I added a 10 amp fused 14 gauge wire from the battery up into the dash, and I added two relays--one to control the light, and another to control the grip heaters.

The only conflict I have right now is where to mount it. I know I want it mounted on the wheel, not on the fairing. I've done some riding during which the bright illumination where the fairing is pointing actually deters from visibility where the front is going; this way I can see both. So, my choices are to mount it onto the front mud guard, which is central and simple, but involves drilling a a hole in the bike (never an easy decision) or arranging a bracket that I could attach to a fork tube. Simple hose clamps would probably be effective at holding the bracket to the tube, but the offset might affect steering. This is not a sexy mod, like the cool touratech lights, or much praised motolight setups. This is cheap and homegrown and bright as all get out.

Circuit Diagram Circuit diagram

Lamp Mounting (click to enlarge) Click on image to enlarge

Lamp Mounted (click to enlarge) Not mounted yet...soon though, I promise!

Hey, remember, we're all buddies, right? I'm telling you what I did to my bike, you're telling me what you did to yours. If you mess up yourself or your bike, well, I'm sorry, but I wasn't twisting your arm. Of course, Aprilia has trademarked their name and logo, and they don't know me from Adam.

Feel free to contact me: todd at caporider dot com You can always go home again