Short of gimbaling a light there is no really satisfactory answer for providing distant light in a tight corner.
Most solutions start with a wide beam light- 40 degrees or more- aimed high enough to provide some coverage when the bike is leaned a lot. But that creates the situation where the light is in the face of other drivers when going straight- not ideal...
The option on the 6 cyl is about as good as anything else I know about. Don't expect I'll ever find the ideal answer for that high speed cloverleaf out in the boonies..
Last edited by 36654; 09-07-2012 at 04:40 PM.
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Back in the late 60's I was living on the so side of Chicago and would enter gimmick rallies every weekend. Used aircraft landing lights for my high beams. Never had an issue with LEO's on that.
Today, I have a 07 GSA with a HID low beam, and Baja Design Soltek HID driving lamps. One is a pencil beam and one is a wide beam. Living in the desert so west, and working nights, you cannot have too much light due to the critters. We have a little of every thing from horses, burros, deer, coyote's, etc. Nice to see them first at 2 am going home.
Riding in the open roads of the west, good lighting is a must if you ride at night. In city applications, they are not needed and certianly not appereciated by your fellow road users.
Never bothered to look up the various laws that apply. If I remember correctly, in Calif, you cannot have more than 6 lights on at one time, and there is a height limit/requirement.
I'll avoid saying what I think about lights providing enough light to ride 100mph on the desert or fast in the woods with brights but I can say that here in E. KY mtns you don't have stopping distance even in the daytime for deer that pop up in/after a curve or come from the woods. We recently had a deer, same size as the pic shown here, that ran abruptly from roadside toward my PU truck in broad day light, then as I was well into ABS braking & had come to a stop, it leapt from a few feet short of my front bumper (actually seemed to have gone over the rt headlight) & over the bridge side to my right & down into the creek. It was an amazing leap & not a situ. that lighting had a thing to do with avoiding. I'll admit brights help but not a solution that gives one much liberty. We have roads in my area, that at night, you are nuts or have a death wish if you go fast because of deer presence. Many other states have the same situ..
End of curmudgeonly , senior moment...
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
It's the 55watt HID lights that are the real problem. People who install them should be arrested for assault. These are the new ones, not the older 35 watt versions that are quite common and what I'd consider to be reasonable illumination.
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