4Strokes.com Technical: Dual Sport Lighting Conversion
Dual Sport Lighting Conversion and Wiring Diagram by Mark
I converted my dirt bike to a dual sport over the winter. I purchased my dirt
bike used and the previous owner had already replaced the stock headlight and
taillight pigtails/connectors with the double contact type. This gives High
and Low Beam switching for the headlight and Brake and Running/Parking Lights
for the taillights.
The previous owner also had a speedometer, turn signal switch, and a horn
I installed a hydraulic brake light switch, flush-mount turn signals, horn
and a flasher.
Next, I went to the local dollar store and picked up 10 AA size rechargeable
batteries at 1.2-volts each which when wired in series gives you 12 volts. Pay
attention to how many volts the rechargeable batteries are because some are
1.5-volts in which case you would only need 8. This battery pack keeps the lights
operational for the required amount of time to pass vehicle codes. You may want
to install a motorcycle battery in place of the rechargeables if you want to
be able to leave the lights on for a longer period of time.
I then went to Radio Shack and picked up a full-wave bridge rectifier good
I have included a wiring diagram below of how I wired my dual sport components.
My lights do not flicker at idle and the batteries charge and put out enough
power to run the flasher.
Credits: Article written and submitted by Mark of Newfoundland, Canada. Edited
and published by 4Strokes.com.