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So the bike it self is still rather new on the marked, so ofc there ain't a sea of topics going on about it, yet.
But I must say I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the backlight on it.
IT'S HUGE!
I saw a consept drawing of the Rebel back in January where is was much smaller, and more sleek, and then BOOM, they decide to place a brick there instead. *sigh*
Sad to say I can't find that drawing again here...:frown2:

Anyhuw, so the first thing to disappear from my bike was that bloody brick!

It's not the most beautiful mod, it's just temporarily, until something more suitable comes onto the marked.
I'm hoping someone might come up with a tailtidy of sorts for it.

Didn't realize how big those blinkers were until i changed the backlight thou...
But those will be gone with time as well.
On the consept drawing bellow here they actually had the blinkers further bak. Safe to say I'll move them back there some day when I find new blinkers.
 

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I'm also looking to replace the brick with something very sleeks and integrated with the turn signals. I have a feeling this bike will get loads of accessories later on and will be super fun to mod.
 

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Although I hate the backlight, I think I prefer it over what you did. The bolts sticking out the top are not appealing, I feel like without changing the blinkers to clear style lenses that brake light doesn't match at all. I think what bothers me the most is I didn't realize how massive Norway License plates were. I feel bad for you.

How hard was it to remove that top brake light from the assembly? I am looking into some options and I am still debating if I should remove that whole assembly or just modify it like you did.
 

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I've been looking into a way to build integrated blinkers / tail lights so the rear center light can be eliminated. There are a few design online. I would use the original housings and build an LED array to handle running light, blinker, and stop light all under the same lenses.
 

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Although I hate the backlight, I think I prefer it over what you did. The bolts sticking out the top are not appealing, I feel like without changing the blinkers to clear style lenses that brake light doesn't match at all. I think what bothers me the most is I didn't realize how massive Norway License plates were. I feel bad for you.

How hard was it to remove that top brake light from the assembly? I am looking into some options and I am still debating if I should remove that whole assembly or just modify it like you did.
Yeah I know, it ain't all that pretty. But for me, it's better than the brick.
The bolts are there, only because if I had removed everything there, then there would be 2 giant holes ontop of the plastic. So I figured it was better to leave it like that for the time being, until I redo the whole back side of the bike.
And yeah, the blinkers suddently became huge aswell when the backlight dissapaired :/ Not too pleased with the look of it, but oh well..
Haha, that reminded me of the tale of little red riding hood. "Who do you have such big glasses? So I can see you better" Maybe the cops here all have bad eyesight and need to see my plate better? I dunno..
How big are your normal ones?
 

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I've been looking into a way to build integrated blinkers / tail lights so the rear center light can be eliminated. There are a few design online. I would use the original housings and build an LED array to handle running light, blinker, and stop light all under the same lenses.
That sounds... cramped. And illegal :p At least in Norway, here they have rules on how close/far lights have to be to eachother, so something like what you're mentioning would get you pulled over right away.
 

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I want to see if someone can make a rear fender with an integrated under fender strip light that would suffice for brake and turn signal operation. Combine that with a tail tidy that has an independent plate light and it could look super clean.
 

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That sounds... cramped. And illegal :p At least in Norway, here they have rules on how close/far lights have to be to eachother, so something like what you're mentioning would get you pulled over right away.
They would be arranged like the blinkers are now, one on each side. It would be legal in my area.
 

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I want to see if someone can make a rear fender with an integrated under fender strip light that would suffice for brake and turn signal operation. Combine that with a tail tidy that has an independent plate light and it could look super clean.
Not exactly what you asked but cool

 

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They would be arranged like the blinkers are now, one on each side. It would be legal in my area.
Well.. You guys over the pond have a strange way of dealing with backlight.. With the fact that you are allowed to use the same light colour for blinkers, as your driving/breaking light. That's a big no no over here, so people who import american cars to use here have had some big problems with the whole driving light/blinker light setup.
 

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So the bike it self is still rather new on the marked, so ofc there ain't a sea of topics going on about it, yet.
But I must say I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the backlight on it.
IT'S HUGE!
I saw a consept drawing of the Rebel back in January where is was much smaller, and more sleek, and then BOOM, they decide to place a brick there instead. *sigh*
Sad to say I can't find that drawing again here...:frown2:

Anyhuw, so the first thing to disappear from my bike was that bloody brick!

It's not the most beautiful mod, it's just temporarily, until something more suitable comes onto the marked.
I'm hoping someone might come up with a tailtidy of sorts for it.

Didn't realize how big those blinkers were until i changed the backlight thou...
But those will be gone with time as well.
On the consept drawing bellow here they actually had the blinkers further bak. Safe to say I'll move them back there some day when I find new blinkers.

I agree with the ugly taillight, mine is coming off when I put a short fender on, and the seat' although not uncomfortable but looks cheap with the vinyl. So I'm having mine re-upholstered with an extra inch thickness.
That's the only two things I dislike on the Rebel.
 

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I agree with the ugly taillight, mine is coming off when I put a short fender on, and the seat' although not uncomfortable but looks cheap with the vinyl. So I'm having mine re-upholstered with an extra inch thickness.
That's the only two things I dislike on the Rebel.
Yeah I'm considering the short ferder to, so this mod is just a temp, any thing was better than the brick!
I'm guessing there will be some seats awailable on the marked as well with time, just have to wait and see. Not much options here where I am to re-upholster it.
 

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How hard was it to remove that top brake light from the assembly? I am looking into some options and I am still debating if I should remove that whole assembly or just modify it like you did.
I thought, that since they placed a brick on there, that Honda had gone for the cheap and easy way of doing things to keep the price somewhat down.
But that whole piece back there, backlight, indicators, the mount, everything, it's just one big piece.
But to break it down for you, there is 3 bolts that hold the whole thing in place. 2 behind the fender, and one on the front side bellow the backlight.
The two bolts you see in my picture is where the bolts sits that holdes the whole backlight, it's just two nuts to remove.
But inside the back cover for the backlight there is another two bolts, if you plan on disassemble the whole backlight.
It's pretty straight forward, but there are some bolts here, and some nuts there.

BUT! Be aware! Those of you who also plan on removing the backlight, note this! The cables that goes to the original backlight can't be removed by disassembling the light! You have to cut the cables!
The main piece of the backlight, the housing where the bulb is, seems to either be welded in place, or mechanicaly assembled, because I tried to disassemble it to the point where I almost broke the whole thing! So the only option was to just cut the cables on the outside. I left a piece of cable on the original light just in case I would have to mount it again some day.
 

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Oh man! That Norwegian license plate is hilariously large!
*Feeling ashamed and goes into hiding* Eh.. I've never really given it much thought, since that size is the standard here for us. But yeah, a smaller plate, or even being able to just trim it a little would be nice.
But, it is as it is, can't really do much about it without getting into trouble for it in the long run...
 

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I want to see if someone can make a rear fender with an integrated under fender strip light that would suffice for brake and turn signal operation. Combine that with a tail tidy that has an independent plate light and it could look super clean.
Like this one?
 

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I want to see if someone can make a rear fender with an integrated under fender strip light that would suffice for brake and turn signal operation. Combine that with a tail tidy that has an independent plate light and it could look super clean.
Like this one?
Yes! I want that too. Looks awesome. If you use this, though, where does the license plate go?
 
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