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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Smoked Taillight Lens

I have been trying to find a smoked lens for my taillight. Does anyone currently produce JUST a smoked lens? -Kyle

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I've been checking out youtube vids on the plasti dip rubberized paint and have seen several do their tailights with the smoke color. It seems to be a good way to do it and if it doesn't work you can peel it right off. 7or 8 bucks for a can would be a worthwhile experiment to try before investing in a lens made for them.
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I think, while it may seem to look cool, putting a smoked lens on the taillight of a motorcycle is a bad idea. First off, it's not legal in many states. For example, in Alaska, the taillight must be visible from a distance of 1000 feet at night. Smoked lenses rarely meet that requirement. Secondly, we were invisible enough as it is, why would you want to make the problem worse by reducing the amount of light from the bike?

I understand that it may not be an issue if you never ride at night, but still, you want as much light as possible to the rear. Besides, your taillight assembly houses both the rear running light and brake light. You'd want them to be as bright as possible. Putting on a smoked lens is a safety issue, IMO.

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I think, while it may seem to look cool, putting a smoked lens on the taillight of a motorcycle is a bad idea. First off, it's not legal in many states. For example, in Alaska, the taillight must be visible from a distance of 1000 feet at night. Smoked lenses rarely meet that requirement. Secondly, we were invisible enough as it is, why would you want to make the problem worse by reducing the amount of light from the bike?

I understand that it may not be an issue if you never ride at night, but still, you want as much light as possible to the rear. Besides, your taillight assembly houses both the rear running light and brake light. You'd want them to be as bright as possible. Putting on a smoked lens is a safety issue, IMO.
+1 Most of us go to adding more and or brighter lights for increased visibility. Smoking any lense is counterproductive.

Smoked auto lenses usually come with a warning that they are display purposes only and are illegal in most states for street use.



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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 10:04 AM
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I know that smoked lenses are not illegal here in BC.
I had a problem finding one too, finally got it here on ebay.
Actually came with the integrated turn signal LED board. Haven't hooked that part up yet, but as a taillight it works awesome.
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To those who don't approve of me wanting to have a smoked lens, I like the look, and that is what I want.
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I know that smoked lenses are not illegal here in BC.
I had a problem finding one too, finally got it here on ebay.
Actually came with the integrated turn signal LED board. Haven't hooked that part up yet, but as a taillight it works awesome.
Perfect answer! Thanks man!

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Don't smoke the taillights, unless you want someone hit you from the back and sue you for illegal taillights. even if its their fault.

For most people, you want it as bright as possible. so people see you. I have three break lights with my saddlebags and they are bright as hell. you never know what people are doing in their car.

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To those who don't approve of me wanting to have a smoked lens, I like the look, and that is what I want.
No open is expressing disapproval. You're free to do what you want. We are merely letting you know the possible consequences of having a smoked taillight lens. But in the end, it's your choice.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 10:29 PM
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I have a clear lense with matching clear signal lenses! If my bike was black/grey I would want the smoked also.My 1400 intruder had all smoked it looked great as far as safety...if you ride in ottawa,no amount of light will help you when the cagers are driving with a cellphone in one hand and a coffee in the other IMHO!Hope you find your smoked lense! Rob
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