Hyperlites Install
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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:46 am quote
Hi All,

Last fall after following my wife (she on the scoot, me in the car) to a friends house in the evening, I decided that something had to be done to make our little LX50 more visible. I could barely see the tailight as it was, and against oncoming traffic, she all but disappeared. As I was commuting home in the evenings, I wanted to make sure I could be seen. The excellent bullet light project listed here wasn't out yet, and my searching came up with something similar.

I bought a set of dual-function Hyper-Lites. Small banks of 8 led's set up for both running lights and brake lights (w/ a flashing option). Seemed like the best way to go at the time. Installation was pretty easy, only had to take a few pieces off the scoot, and some time spent trying to fish some wires. Picture 1 shows the scoot with the lower panels removed and the lights out of the way.

Picture 2 shows the hyper-lites flasher module wired in to the harness, and the wires running up and out at the brake light.

Picture 3 shows the wiring taped back up and ready to put away.

Picture 4 shows the lights mounted under the top case.

Picture 5 shows the lights in running light mode... Nice and bright!

Picture 6 shows the lights in flash/brake mode - don't stare at them... You'll go blind!

Now for the review... On a bright sunny day (last saturday), one of the people that I rode with said they are seriously bright, and that if she looked at them for a few seconds then looked away, she could still see them! So they are incredibly bright! I had hoped to be writing a glowing review for all of you, but all is not perfect here. When I first start the scoot for the day, the lights work as advertised... Running light intensity, flash for five seconds when I hit the brakes, then on solid at brake light intensity. The problem is, at some point into the ride, they go on full intensity and stay there. No more low intensity running lights, and no flashing brake light. I've contacted Hyper-Lites and they said they'd look into it and get back to me... They never did.

The odd part, and the part that makes me think I missed something, is that there are two wires running to the LX50's tailight assembly. They are for the brake/running light. But before you say "just try the other wire", they end up spliced together in a single connector. Now the wiring diagram doesn't show two wires there, just one... Might I have missed something? I'd like to edit this post to give a glowing review - because these suckers are truly bright, but I think I need some help to figure this one out.

To Hyper-Lites credit, when I screwed up one of their connectors (telco) and couldn't find one anywhere else, they had some new ones to me in about a day.

The yellow reflective tape my wife found one day at a sporting goods store - very bright! and I just last week did the Solas tape in the top box reflector thingy as well.

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Install 1 - little piggy butt without its skirts - Oops! Maybe a little too risque!

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Install 2 - Hyper lights wired in.

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Install 3 - tapped in

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The lights mounted under the top case

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Running light mode.

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Flash mode

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07 GTS250ie VCOA#2794
Joined: 23 Nov 2005
Posts: 3193
Location: Philly PA Burbs
Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:49 am quote
Great addition. I like it!
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Piaggio BV 250
Joined: 01 Jul 2006
Posts: 2348
Location: Alameda, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:11 am quote
Excellent mod! Your rack looks like it is Red like the scoot - I am going to guess it is a trick of reflection and light - or is it red?
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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:18 am quote
jridg wrote:
Excellent mod! Your rack looks like it is Red like the scoot - I am going to guess it is a trick of reflection and light - or is it red?
Nope, the rack is red. It's the standard rack for the lx50 topcase - as far as I know.
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Non yet gt though as soon as im 17
Joined: 02 Apr 2007
Posts: 53
Location: Mexborough
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:33 am quote
very nice well atleast people cant say they did'nt see you well lets face it if they cant see you then they should'nt be driving
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Piaggio BV 250
Joined: 01 Jul 2006
Posts: 2348
Location: Alameda, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:27 am quote
gromitdaddy wrote:
jridg wrote:
Excellent mod! Your rack looks like it is Red like the scoot - I am going to guess it is a trick of reflection and light - or is it red?
Nope, the rack is red. It's the standard rack for the lx50 topcase - as far as I know.
Very nice - all of the ones I have seen are chrome - red looks great
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07 GTS250ie VCOA#2794
Joined: 23 Nov 2005
Posts: 3193
Location: Philly PA Burbs
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:40 am quote
jridg wrote:
gromitdaddy wrote:
jridg wrote:
Excellent mod! Your rack looks like it is Red like the scoot - I am going to guess it is a trick of reflection and light - or is it red?
Nope, the rack is red. It's the standard rack for the lx50 topcase - as far as I know.
Very nice - all of the ones I have seen are chrome - red looks great
Yup ... lx topcase racks are color matched to the scoot.


Here is a shot from Smorris ....


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Vespa GTS 250ie ABS, 2006 Vin Rouge
Joined: 14 May 2006
Posts: 227
Location: Paris, France
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:32 pm quote
Nice mod!

Perhaps a silly question, but is your brake still properly flashing 5 times once the hyper lites have gone into full mode? Just wondering if perhaps it has to done with brake signal flasher that can't cope with the extra lights.
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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:03 am quote
Mol wrote:
Nice mod!

Perhaps a silly question, but is your brake still properly flashing 5 times once the hyper lites have gone into full mode? Just wondering if perhaps it has to done with brake signal flasher that can't cope with the extra lights.
I don't actually have a flasher on the brake light itself. The flasher is on the hyperlites. The brake light works normally. For some reason, the hyperlites don't after some period of time.
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Vespa GTS 250ie ABS, 2006 Vin Rouge
Joined: 14 May 2006
Posts: 227
Location: Paris, France
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:44 am quote
Reread your original post and see that you had already mentioned the flasher is part of the lights.

Couldn't that flasher be the problem? Any chance of installing it on another bike to see if you can narrow it down to a problem with the Vespa or with the device?

BTW, if a company doesn't respond or fails to follow up through email, best to give them a phone call
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Vespa LX50 "Lil Piggy"
Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Posts: 515
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:56 am quote
An interesting twist... While the lights no longer work as advertised when I start up the scoot, no flashing when I hit the brakes... On yesterday's group ride, the others were telling me that the lights were working... i.e. Flashing when I hit the brakes. So more and more I really think there are some voltage issues with the lx50, but as long as they're working while I'm riding, I'm happy with them!
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