R&D: Naked Conversion Headlamp Brackets

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:18 pm

I've designed a few headlamp brackets to aid in naked headlamp conversions:

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This bracket would be cut from 1/8" 6061 aluminum and would attach to the fork uppers using a pair of fabricated clamps. The gauge-mount tab would be bent downward to provide a point for attaching gauges.

The key benefit to the bracket is that it would provide a place for attaching gauges, would support a side-mount headlamp and would also hold the stock turn signals.

Question is, if you were in the market for a headlamp bracket for a naked conversion, would you consider buying this one?

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:43 pm

Tbh I wouldn't, you can pick up slide on mounts from a gs500 that will do the job, I picked mine up for £15.. making the idea of paying maybe 40 to 60 for a set like above redundant as far as price goes..

Also the problem with marketing them as able to suit the addition of clocks is that not everyone will want to or even be able to get their hands on the same set of clocks that these have been designed for, you would need to look into making up some sort of universal fitting kit that could be supplied with it, to make it truely universal..

I understand that the cost for getting this cncd out of alloy is mostly set up time, do its not going to hurt getting a few extra knocked out for the price of materials.. although fair play if there is enough genuine interest out there for maybe 20 sets made up then I would go for it..

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:07 pm

turbopresh wrote:Tbh I wouldn't, you can pick up slide on mounts from a gs500 that will do the job, I picked mine up for £15.. making the idea of paying maybe 40 to 60 for a set like above redundant as far as price goes..
I appreciate the feedback! My best guess for price per pair, at the moment, is in the neighborhood of $40 USD with 38mm clamps, based on the machining costs and clamp costs.

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:34 pm

That's actually not a bad price, tbh if i was in the states for that sort of money id be tempted... especially for aesthetics if nothing else. If all you were looking to do is cover the cost of manufacture then fair dos, although even just for the improved aesthetics i think you could get away with 60usd easily... at the end of the day you want to make them affordable enough to make people choose them over the cheaper alternative whilst leaving yourself a good margin aswell..

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:55 pm

Only thing id have a problem with is being able to see all the wires going into the gauges from a side view i would have a side cover panel for a 2 tone paint job and keep the wires hidden
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:30 am

I think these clamps would work awesome with it though! They are also stainless!
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Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:42 am

greeny4704 wrote:I think these clamps would work awesome with it though! They are also stainless!
I found a good deal on 25 clamps that fit 38mm forks and snagged them. I think I'll have 10 brackets made (5 sets) and see if they work out. Anything you'd change on the design before sending them off?

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Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:50 am

Get them to engrave xj600 a 1/16 inch deep in each side lol
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Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:21 am

Sign me up for a set!!! Although I already have the clamps, I ordered a set of 4 37-41mm T-bolt clamps. The best part is the tab for mounting the gauges, I love it! you could easily get a bunch of these and probably sell them on ebay pretty easily to anyone wanting to do a naked conversion for any bike. Hell, those little headlight ears go for almost $100 on ebay some times, for the nicers ones. Please Please do these mounts and I will send the money ASAP!!!
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Any news on these yet? Just wondering, they would work perfectly for what I want to do.
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