Goffy's light fantastic!

Paul Goff with an HRD from his British bike collection.

It can’t have escaped your notice that car lights are getting brighter.

Not a bad thing, perhaps, but it does mean that the less efficient lighting systems of older motorcycles struggle to be seen in the sea of brightness.

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There’s not a lot you can do with a dynamo system, especially if it’s only six-volt, but even if you want to keep the bike looking as standard as possible, Paul Goff can help make your ride stand out far better than Joe Lucas ever did.

First though, a bit of history.

The first machines had acetylene lights, with their separate canister producing a flammable gas from calcium carbide and water. The resultant carbide gas was piped to the front and rear lights where it was lit, providing a surprising amount of light.

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