+1 Most of us go to adding more and or brighter lights for increased visibility. Smoking any lense is counterproductive.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.
Perfect answer! Thanks man!
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.To those who don't approve of me wanting to have a smoked lens, I like the look, and that is what I want.
That's the route I went, but my bike is black. All the lenses are clear, bulbs are colored. I like the contrast, no colored lenses and no reflectors. Smoked lenses look fine on the right base color paint, just not a fan of too much black on black.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