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Replace front fork reflectors?

 
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eggsalad
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:09 pm    Post subject: Replace front fork reflectors? Reply with quote

I don't know if all Buddies are like this, but mine came with oval amber reflectors zip-tied to the front forks, in a most cheesy fashion. Right next to that is a lovely hole tapped M6.

I can only assume that, like the turn signal/"deadlight" issue, the original Taiwan-spec reflectors that bolted into those holes were too small - or otherwise unacceptable - to the folks at the DOT.

And while I'm generally not a fan of any mod that reduces other drivers' ability to see me, the zip-tied reflectors look so horrible that I'd budge my ethics on this one.

I see a few people have simply removed the US-spec reflectors... but has anyone found an amber reflector that bolts into the factory hole?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't those held on with zip ties? Put a reflective stripe around the front wheel, or add reflective viny on the outside of the front forks.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there just a single hole?

If so, then I would think that the factory version is just a round reflector with a mounting hole in its center.
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eggsalad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JettaKnight wrote:
Is there just a single hole?

If so, then I would think that the factory version is just a round reflector with a mounting hole in its center.


What I think is they are the very same as the rear side reflectors, but in amber. Now I know what I am looking for. Thanks.
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BayStateScooterist
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest, I didn't even notice the zip tied front fork reflectors until reading this thread. Laughing Both of my Buddies have this setup. If you find the OEM style front fork reflector, please post it here. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BayStateScooterist wrote:
To be honest, I didn't even notice the zip tied front fork reflectors until reading this thread. Laughing Both of my Buddies have this setup. If you find the OEM style front fork reflector, please post it here. Thanks.


IKR? Now it's going to upset my OCD.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure in Asian markets there is no reflector, and in Europe, it is mounted much higher, thus the zip-tied reflectors in the US market. Also, the tab is only on the brake side of the forks. Its probably for a different caliper, sensor, or something to that effect, likely on a different model than the Buddy that uses the same front forks.




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eggsalad
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is what I'm looking for

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Reflectors-Universal-Reflector-Accessory/dp/B07KLV3YBK
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eggsalad wrote:
I think this is what I'm looking for

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Reflectors-Universal-Reflector-Accessory/dp/B07KLV3YBK


You'll need an extension to reach the hole. It is in the center of the tube, not on the outside edge. At least that is how the tab is on mine. And my buddy only has the tab on the brake side of the wheel.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TTaM wrote:
And my buddy only has the tab on the brake side of the wheel.


Oh, poo! This is the part I missed. So much for that idea!
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