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Motorcycle LED lights make riding safer

Tex and Bundy with Clearwater lights distributors Bruce Gaskin (Queensland) and Frank Tidswell motorcycle led lights
Tex and Bundy with Clearwater lights distributors Bruce Gaskin (Queensland) and Frank Tidswell

A good set of auxiliary motorcycle LED lights not only makes night riding safer, but also day riding.

Frank Tidswell, Australian distributor of Clearwater LED lights says they are distinctive as daylight running lights and, if mounted low on the front forks, provide a warning triangle of light with the headlights.

“A triangle of is considered an international warning sign so it attracts the attention of drivers,” he says.

His views are endorsed by well-know charity rider Tex O’Grady and his dog, Bundy, who have ridden more than 100,000km since taking over their new Moto Guzzi Stelvio in June 2013.

“Where we live at Woolgoolga near Coffs Harbour its kangaroo-infested country and with these lights I can see 50 to 60 meters either side of the road and if there is a roo around, I’ll spot it,” he says.

“They are the best lights we’ve ever used. We’ve just done 6000m in six days and plenty of night riding in that.

“When drivers flash their lights at me thinking mine are on high beam, I turn them up to full power and they soon back off.”

Clearwater Erica motorcycle LED lights
Clearwater Erica lights

The ability to dim the illumination is one of the advantages of the Clearwater LED lights. Frank says 10% power is about equal to normal motorcycle halogen headlights.

At full power, the 36-watt LEDs provide 6000 lumens of light which is the equivalent of a 500-watt halogen bulb.

They have a low draw on the battery so there is no need to beef up your bike’s alternator.

The LED lights also provide a whiter and better spread of light and there are 560 different mounting brackets to suit every kind of bike and application.

Clearwater Darla motorcycle LED lights
Clearwater Darla lights

There are four lights in the range, all named after female friends and relatives of the developers: Erica, Krista, Glenda and Darla with more models coming soon. Prices start at $500.

All lights have solid drop-forged or stainless steel casings and, according to Tex, they are “indestructible”.

Frank says the lights are not only used as auxiliary, but also as main headlights, particularly by custom builders.

He’s not only the importer for the lights, but also advises and consults on the development of the lights.

Clearwater Krista motorcycle LED lights
Clearwater Krista lights

Frank is a BMW factory trained mechanic who attained a mechanical engineers and science degree after leaving BMW. In the mid to late 1970s he raced and worked on Castrol 6-Hour and Yamaha factory road race teams.

In 1988, he started his company xenonOz to design optics and electronics. He now imports Clearwater products from America as well as, xenon HID lights and Alpine earplugs made in Holland.

Frank says the Clearwater lights are designed and tested in Australia, made in USA with final quality control and assembly in NSW, backed by xenonOz.

“They are the Porsche of lighting,” he says. “They are used in everything from scooters to trucks and even endurance race events such as the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. They also provide emergency lighting for hospitals.”

Clearwater Glenda motorcycle LED lights
Clearwater Glenda lights
  1. The purpose of having low beam is to prevent glaring oncoming traffic. If your light is causing enough glare/brightness for other drivers to think you are on high beam when you arn’t, then they shouldn’t be used.

  2. Its a good thing that LEDs make it easier to be seen during the day….in traffic….but why don’t we call em safety lights………after all that is what they are…….not driving lights……so if you want to be seen LEDs are just fine ………..but if you want to see……beef up your alternator and throw the watts out there

  3. if they’re so bright (or badly positioned) to be blinding on-coming traffic then they’re not doing their job of helping you see and be seen … and more likely to have a run-in with an Officer keen to issue a defect notice (especially with the pretty strict rules here in AU about lighting compliance)

  4. I agree with JC. If Tex has drivers flashing him he either has them incorrectly fitted or he is just rude to other road users in regards to having them angled too high.
    I get annoyed at oncoming vehicles that have the low beam angled so high that they blind me.

    There is a reason for low beam being short range. If you want to see wide use wide spread fog lights. if you want to see far then use high beam. Not low beam angled up.

  5. With my bike, I have normal halogen lights that I would want to get replaced. As you said here, LEDs seem like the way to go as they are brighter and safer. I do like that LEDs have a lower battery draw than normal bulbs so there wouldn’t be a need to change that or the alternator to compensate.

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