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Tail light options - modded Z1

#1 PostAuthor: martinz1000r » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:09 pm

Question for the modded Z owners. I really hate the tail light on my Croz replica. What options are there for tail lights that would fit neatly in to the underside of the duck tail? I want it as inconspicuous as possible and as close to the shape of the underside of the tail.

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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#2 PostAuthor: Graham-A2 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:20 pm

I saw a well fitting light a few years ago. Owner said it was from the first generation SV650. Was mounted on a tail tidy under a Z1000 duck tail and looked pretty good.
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#4 PostAuthor: martinz1000r » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:48 pm

The SV650 looks an option and they pretty cheap. From Facebook I was recommended a Harley-Davidson Softail which also looks an option. I guess bite the bullet and choose
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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#5 PostAuthor: Charlie » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:28 pm

Z650 not thou - but this is an Aprilia SR50/BMW F800 etc. Tucks in neatly but you will need a bespoke mount for it


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#6 PostAuthor: slappa13 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:25 pm

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#7 PostAuthor: Ginger Bear » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:57 pm

I've used this type of thing on a couple of my zeds.
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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#8 PostAuthor: martinz1000r » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:18 am

Charlie wrote:Z650 not thou - but this is an Aprilia SR50/BMW F800 etc. Tucks in neatly but you will need a bespoke mount for it


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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#9 PostAuthor: Charlie » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:48 pm

It seems my hosting site is temporarily down. This is a close up of the tail light hosted on a different site until that first one comes back up :)

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I have since removed the reflector to tuck the plate in better.

This is the type of light - it actually fits loads of motorcycles, but if you choose the BMW option, you pay 4 times the price :)

This is my mount - or the beginnings thereof lol, before I made the holes and cutouts for the light bulbholder - yours would need a different shape on the thou

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I have schematics for that mount (its only Z650 mind) if anyone needs 'em - just message me
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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#10 PostAuthor: Graham-A2 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:23 pm

As an aside.... in the '90's I rode around on a green Kz1000 with an aftermarket catseye rear light. I liked the look at the time..... ebay and many other places still sell 'em so I'm sure most will know what I mean.
It was bolted into a homemade tail tidy of cut and bent ally plate of my own fair bodging... worked mostly, although I do remember Mk I falling to bits in Hampshire and a redesigned replacement was needed. Think I still have a bit of that road sign somewhere

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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#11 PostAuthor: Charlie » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:20 pm

In the late 70's, my underseat tail light mount was made from a bit of Dexion shelving and a separator plate :lol:

Experience told me I could do a bit better this time around and I tried all sorts of rear lights before I settled on the Aprilia version.

I had a std square Z650 lamp with red and then with white lenses on the std mudguard mount, then I had it tucked under the seat fairing, then on a Z Power type extendable Z900 mount/fender eliminator.

A round KH/Z900 style, again with red and then with white lenses on the same Z Power mount came next......

.... then a GPZ600R tail light on a home made mount, then twin square and then twin round custom type rear lights on chrome mounts.

All were OK but never quite hit the spot for me.

.....but then I got talking to a clever French guy online who had used the 'prila setup that I have on now. He created the mounting bracket schematics I used to get a stainless steel mounting cut and formed, then polished and its been on there since. :shock:

If I were the entrepreneur type, I would shove a few into production ( although I would use ali not stainless next time) :D but I am not, I am too comfortable I s'pose - that's the problem and likely why I am not rich :wink:

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Re: Tail light options - modded Z1

#12 PostAuthor: chrisNI » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:24 pm

I personally think the original zed light is a classic and part of the essential z look, and should be retained or used where possible plus it’s got a built in reflector. Unlike the fugly square ‘76 on light....


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