The design spec for most custom motorcycles calls for the minimum of clutter – whether this be under the seat, on the handlebars or around the headlamp. Indicators fall very much into this category. Ideally none at all, but given busy modern traffic conditions and MOT requirements something has to be fitted.
The most minimal and least intrusive set up is probably a single pair of bar end indicators – and yes this is adequate for an MOT test. In reality a second pair somewhere to the rear of the bike makes good sense, especially in urban environments, as most drivers are not used to looking for turn signals at the end of the handlebars. When fitting LED bar ends, remember that in order to get the signal speed right, an appropriate relay also have to be wired in.
At 2WheelsMiklos we have used a variety of bar end indicators so a few observations are included here:
1. The most simple are the bulls eye type (see picture) from the R69 era BMWs (also used on our Harley Outlaw build). These are not LEDs and are cheap (£20 a pair on EBay). They are effective but not everybody’s style statement.
2. No name brand EBay LEDs (£20 a pair). We tried these on the Valkyrie Custom and a Derbi (see pic). Our conclusion is they are perfect at night time but pretty hard to see during the day. We will be putting Oberons onto the Valkyrie.
3. MotoGadget make a wide variety of good looking and very functional designs. Price range is some £80 to £150 a pair. (see pic of a MotoGadget indicator on the Rocket 3).
4. Oberon has a particularly pleasing design (in black as well) for £100 a pair. This also teams effectively with the Oberon bar end mirrors (together with indicators £175 per pair) as used on our Moto Guzzi café racer build (see pic).