myReview: Motodynamic Ducati Scrambler Sequential LED Tail Light
Lately, I’ve become obsessed with my taillight and turn signals and looking for ways to ditch the stock Scrambler rabbit ears. After a particularly intense afternoon of parts searching, I eventually landed on Motodynamic’s (deep breath) 2015-2016 Ducati Scrambler Sequential LED Tail Light Smoke.
Visually, it looked very similar to the stock taillight (same shape) and it added two features that interested me – the sequential and integrated turn signals and the ‘stop alert function’, which flashes the brake light a few times when you first apply the brake to get other motorists’ attention.
|Total cost (CAD)||$147.68|
- Prices originally charged in USD at an exchange rate of 0.7514
The integrated turn signal was great because it meant I could narrow down the rear of the bike by removing the turn signals all together (as opposed to simply buying smaller ones) and with the sequential pattern, I felt that it’d still be pretty obvious to other drivers.
I was a little worried that the turn signal cutouts on the rear fairing would bother me, but so far, they haven’t.
Installation was pretty simple, but did take about 45 minutes. The taillight doesn’t come with step-by-step instructions, so you’re left to guess at a lot, which isn’t a big deal for someone who’s done a few vehicle modifications, but could leave a beginner scratching their head. You do have to remove part of the underside of the bike with some allen keys, so if you’re planning on installing a tail tidy, do yourself a favour and do both at the same time.
The taillight comes with a harness to plug it directly into to the stock wiring without having to do any splicing (great bonus). It also includes two adapters to plug in the turn signals, one of which includes a relay, but they don’t make it clear which you should use. I ultimately used the one without the relay because it seemed like the turn signal was slower that way.
The instructions also didn’t help much to determine which cable corresponded to which signal direction (maybe it’s just me, but I have no idea what DX and SX mean) – so if you’re looking to avoid experimenting, blue = right, yellow = left.
I think the quality of the taillight is pretty good; it’s plastic, but feels relatively comparable to the stock part once removed. The smoke lens tint that I opted for seems like a good buy to lessen the visual harshness of the LEDs.
Out on the road, I’ve had no issues with it so far and other riders have mentioned that the ‘stop alert function’ is kind of annoying in the sense that it’ll definitely grab the attention of other drivers as desired.
I ordered directly from Motodynamic and delivery was pretty quick, considering it was international; I got the taillight 4 days after placing my order.
I should note that I ordered the 2015 – 2016 version (the only version Motodynamic sells at the time of my posting), but as expected, it fits and functions perfectly on my 2017 Sixty2.
Given the option, I’d order this again. $147.68 all in seems to be reasonable price for a bike-specific part that offers additional functionality and, arguably, improved safety.