Having a motorcycle gives you the freedom of the open road. Of course, it’s important to ride with care, there were 229 deaths in 2021 due to motorcycle accidents. Regardless of what bike you ride, you’ll want to take a look at the accessories on offer. Some are simply to look good, others serve a useful purpose. It should be noted that the best place to start looking for accessories is somewhere that sells accessories specifically for your bike.
For example, if you have a BMW motorcycle you’ll want to check out these BMW accessories.
One accessory that has proved to be popular is LED lights. There are two reasons why LED lights are a good choice.
1. Less battery usage
LED lights use less power than standard or halogen bulbs. That means you’ll be saving a little bit of the power in your motorcycle for use elsewhere.
2. They are brighter
The more important reason to consider a switch to LED lights is that they are brighter. LED lights tend to offer a whiter light, which can illuminate more of the road in front of you. But, crucially, LED lights are more noticeable to other road users and from further away.
In other words, the LED light will make it easier for you to be seen and could help to prevent you from being in an accident.
Are LED Lights Legal?
The good news is that, in Australia, you can use any type of LED light on your motorcycle. It should be noted that LED lights come in an array of colours. The law allows these to be fitted to the bottom of the motorcycle, provided you are not looking directly at the light. If you want to do this make sure you get a flexible light, it will be easier to contour to your motorcycle.
If this is the case you can even choose the colour LED light that you prefer, there are no limits on what is permissible.
Of course, if you’re looking at genuine accessories you’ll often find that the standard lights can be replaced with LED ones. The cost is surprisingly low and it’s easy to swap the units over.
If you decide to fit replacement factory lights and the lighting is properly approved then you can add LED lights to your motorcycle.
LED lights are designed to replace the factory units and illuminate the road better. Even adding LED lights underneath your motorcycle will help to ensure you are better seen. Considering many car drivers don’t see motorcyclists, anything you can do to make yourself seen more is a good thing.
Just remember, LED lights manufactured by your bike manufacturer are designed to be bright and last. There are plenty of cheaper options available which don’t offer the same level of light. This is one time when it pays to spend more. After all, it’s the safety of you and your motorcycle that’s at stake, that’s too important to risk on saving a few cents.
You should also make sure that any LED lights you add under your motorcycle are waterproof, they are going to get wet.