Jay- Yes on the LED front.
Trouble is finding an LED headlight that runs at 36volts. There is no dc to dc converter yet installed on the machine or a 12v source for it. I don't want to add either until I get lithium batteries because the added weight would negate the savings from the LED headlight. Much of the riding will be during the day with the headlight off.
I ordered a lower wattage halogen that is on it's way.
When I do get lithiums and convert to 12v with dc/dc conversion, I'll pickup LED's then. Good idea though.
"I don't usually find object sexy."
Does your state not require motorcycles to ride with headlights on at all times? You could get 12v by simply branching off the first battery in the pack, and grounding back to the negative terminal on that same battery. With the low draw of LED's the effect on the entire battery pack overall would be negligible.
My state does require that headlights be used all the time. However, most older bikes in the area run with them off and no one pulls them over for it. I used to do it on my old GS650 with no ill effects.
I'd like to run at least a little something all the time for safety's sake. The new light will be here soon and should pull half the watts. I'll wire it to the key so I can't leave it on. I have the option of shutting it off if my battery gets low too.
That's a thought I hadn't considered on the 12v option. Only trouble there might be pack balance. The lead acids may not mind but the lithium pack scheduled to go in most certainly will.
Good idea for now though.
So, my wonderful girlfriend brought home a movie for us to watch from the library. It was entitled, "Who Killed The Electric Car." It was right up my alley, of course. On a whim of inspiration, I decided to tackle my 2 cycle scooter/ electric wheelchair project. After realizing that the project scooter was not suited for this (the engine/transmission where the "frame" of the bike ), I checked the local craigslist for electric scooters.
Boy did I find something better!
36v wet cell Electric Harley!
Estimated current range: 30miles
Top speed on flat ground: 41mph
I sold the suzuki bandit I had to pay for it. I also sold the 2 cycle scooter to pay the insurance/reg. Best decision I've made in a long time! No more 2 cycle pollution from me!
No more gas buying either around town. I'm going to build some kind of fairing that will dramatically improve aero and keep me warm when I drive it in the winter. This means almost zero miles in town on my VX! (50mpg or so in town, much better highway).