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March 19, 2013

MuzaMoto has created some stylish motorcycle turn indicators that are installed at the end...

MuzaMoto has created some stylish motorcycle turn indicators that are installed at the end of the handlebar

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Rather than awkwardly jutting out from somewhere near the front forks on a motorcycle, Jon Ostojic has created a set of turn indicators that attach to ends of the handlebar. Undeniably stylish, the MuzaMoto Turn Signals provide all-round visibility thanks to front-, rear-, side- and bottom-facing LEDs. A bolt-on version is also available for front or rear mounting.

Fashioned from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum with an anodized finish, and featuring a UV stabilized water-tight lens, the MuzaMoto Motorcycle Turn Signals are compatible with handlebars with an internal diameter of between 0.65 - 1-inches (16.5 - 25.4 mm) and come with a removable ring which caters for standard mirror mount. Each signal is home to four 1.5 W LEDs that give off about 400 lumens of light for 360-degree visibility.

MuzaMoto Motorcycle Turn Signals are made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum with an anodiz...

"The reason why one of the LEDs points down is because it illuminates the road underneath you," Ostojic told us. "The darker it is outside (and the more you want to be seen), the more the bottom LED is visible illuminating the road beneath you. It adds more to the visibility of the signal and motorcycle than you'd expect."

Installation of the fashionable and functional replacements for stock turn signals is not quite as simple as just unscrewing the bar end stops and replacing them with the MuzaMoto lights, though.

"It's not difficult to follow the included instructions if you do your own motorcycle maintenance and the idea of cutting and stripping a wire and drilling a small hole doesn't intimidate you," explained Ostojic. "If the idea does intimidate you, the installation might be better left to a professional."

The process starts with disconnecting the battery before removing the factory bar-ends. Then a small hole needs to be drilled on each side of the handlebar to allow the MuzaMoto bar end wire to pass through the hollow handlebar and out through the drilled hole (passing a spare piece of wire through the drilled hole and out the end of the handlebar, then using this to pull the MuzaMoto wire back through will likely make this task easier).

Next you'll need to adjust the expanding collet until the bar end can no longer be pushed into the handlebar by hand. A snug fit is ensured by tapping the bar end flush with the handlebar using a rubber mallet.

"How the signals are wired into your motorcycle harness depends on what configuration is desired," said Ostojic. "If the factory front turn signals are to be removed, then the wires that used to go to the factory signals need to be cut close to the signal and spliced together with the MuzaMoto Bar-Ends. Alternately, the factory lights could be left intact with the MuzaMoto signals spliced into these wires."

The equally stylish Bolt-On MuzaMoto signals are intended to replace existing bolt-on fact...

If that sort of work looks a bit daunting, or you want some equally delicious turn signals for the rear of your two-wheeled beast, MuzaMoto has also developed a set of bolt-on signals.

"The Bolt-On MuzaMoto signals are easier to install," MuzaMoto's founder told us. "They are intended to replace existing bolt-on factory signals. The factory signals will be held on place with a nut. Remove this nut and cut the wire close to the signal. Then simple drop in the MuzaMoto Bolt-on signal in its place, tighten the nut and join the wires. They can also be installed anywhere that the surface is flat enough by drilling a hole and running the signal wires to the custom location."

At the moment, however, you'll have to curb your enthusiasm just a little as neither the bar end or the bolt-on signals have reached the production stage.

Ostojic has launched on Kickstarter, where a set of early bird bolt-on signals can be yours for US$100. Equally limited early bar-end units will cost you $125, and after those are gone the pledge level rises to $125 and $150 respectively. If you want a set of each then you'll need to stump up $200 for one of the first five sets, or $250 once they've been snapped up. The campaign ends on April 13, with an estimated delivery set for July.

Installation of the MuzaMoto signals may also involve the addition of a resistor to ensure the turn indicator blinks at the correct rate. This depends on whether your existing turn signals have LED or incandescent bulbs, backers will get the chance to opt for the provision of resistors at the survey stage.

The pitch video follows.

Source: MuzaMoto, Kickstarter

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12 Comments

I've ridden motorcycles for forty-four years now and can say I would never support such a product as a factory lighting replacement. Lighting is crucial to motorcycling and removing the factory lighting (that has to pass regulations) is foolhardy. I'm always amazed at motorcyclists who get mad at other motorists when they feel they do not see them while they have modified their motorcycles safety lighting because they think they are racers (take it to the track where it belongs) or the "cool" factor. The bar end signals as a complementing turn signal to existing signals is acceptable, but not as a replacement to the better factory lighting.

Fahrenheit 451
19th March, 2013 @ 09:50 am PDT

There's nothing new about this.

Barend indicators have been around for years (cheaper too).

Erik Bosch
19th March, 2013 @ 10:37 am PDT

This is a great idea for aftermarket.

I agree with Fahrenheit 451.

Factory lighting passes all road requirements.

A cheap set of flush mount incandescents in place of the broken turn signal mounts has worked and is legal and very noticeable to traffic.

BombR76
19th March, 2013 @ 11:52 am PDT

This is a brilliant idea. Being a safety conscious person I would want to see video of these at night and daytime from the front back and side view.

I know I hated the turn signals on my 250 ninja and wish these would have been around to put on my bike.

@Erik I looked to find bar end turn signals that would be cheaper and these would be competitively priced. Especially seeing how you would get front and back turn signals. Most just come with front. Also, I really like the idea of an LED from the side of the bike. The other bar ends I found are primarily front and back.

All in all good idea. Best of luck MuzaMoto.

Backed!

Theeunice
19th March, 2013 @ 01:52 pm PDT

I agree with Fahrenheit 451 that lighting IS very important on a motorcycle.

But I disagree that factory lighting is inherently better.

These look (from the pictures and from the Kickstarter video) to be brighter and more visible than my factory R6 lights.

After some searching, these appear to be a better value than the one or two other comparable products available that are actually more expensive with less visibility. I hope they go into production.

Rogerz197
19th March, 2013 @ 06:26 pm PDT

If he'd give up that CNC machining for investment casting the price could come way down. Also I agree with 451°F, as a compliment, yes. To replace....no. I don't think they give out anywhere near the same light as the ones he took off.

VoiceofReason
19th March, 2013 @ 10:08 pm PDT

Not much thought has gone into the fact that most bar-ends vary in weight. Normally they are tuned to dampen vibrations that are specific to each bike and on some bikes are much bigger than these indicators.

Uimhir1
20th March, 2013 @ 03:11 am PDT

Bar end indicators have been common in Germany for 50 years. Maybe not LED 360 degree light ones but I have period bar end mirrors with very close to 360 degree visibility on my 1963 MZ

http://ersatzteileshop.mz-es.de/epages/es10593866.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es10593866/Products/mz-es-n091

ihateorange
20th March, 2013 @ 03:19 am PDT

I had a cousin who used to get run off the road, sometimes, when a passing vehicle passed too close and grazed his handlebar. He got pretty badly injured, more than once. In Asian countries the road behaviour is such that you don't want a wider handle than necessary.

Nantha Kumar Nithiahnanthan
20th March, 2013 @ 05:06 am PDT

Some people ride and think they're visible. When someone tries to kill me, with all my flashing lights on, I'm not surprised. I don't get frustrated at the absurdity. I'm a relatively small, non-intimidating vehicle. Paying attention at all times, predicting possible traffic situations, finding exits, knowing how to operate your motorcycle to its potential, etc. far out weigh the illusion of visibility. Yes, every bit helps. But if we really cared about safety we'd be in a car with a helmet on. But that's not very cool.

Adam Cecchini
20th March, 2013 @ 10:52 am PDT

No, not a new idea.

A sorta cool new version of a product that is somewhat limited, yes.

Worthy of a kickstarter campaign? Not really...

citizenchan
21st March, 2013 @ 10:00 am PDT

My mirrors are there! More vis is better I suppose, especially if it lights up a wet road under it. There could be lane-splitting disasters though.

I've taken the 'loud' approach myself, never had anyone pull out in front of me in nearly 30 years of hooning

Ozuzi
21st March, 2013 @ 05:15 pm PDT
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