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    Motolights LED installed!!!

    Love it and can wait till it is dark.
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    motolights

    I did have the original motolights - they blinded the truck drivers and some cars. They were 'adjusted' to what they could be but they did not put light down the road. I finally accepted them as conspicuity lights. While they were installed I had many low beam bulb burn outs that were finally resolved when my Clearwater lights were installed. Other vehicles are not flashing me now and I do see the road surface a bit better but as long as one realizes none of these smaller lights are going to help you see further down the road, then all is good.
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    You can adjust these to point to the ground if you want so blinding on coming traffic should not be an issue. I mounted them to my wife's C600 and have them so they put light slightly to the sides (to increase chances of critter avoidance) and slightly below level so the beam hits the ground at about 50'. Overall we're pretty satisfied lighting and overall quality but we don't ride fast enough at night to out run the stock lighting so ymmv depending upon how and where you ride.


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    Motolights are not just for the night, it helps you be seen during the day.
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    I'm a huge fan of the Motolights for conspicuity. I had the original halogen and did the LED conversion a couple years ago when I had a alternator challenged VStrom 1K. I now have them installed on my GSA. I rode this past weekend with four other motorcycles. One had the Motolights and that's the one I could see in my mirrors. I'll admit there's better options if lighting the night is your primary purpose.
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    LED Motolights

    I had the halogen Motolights on my bike and last year I replaced them with the LED bulbs. The LED is a brilliant white light and gives enough contrast to the headlight that makes the other traffic take notice. The light from my headlight actually looks yellow compared to the LEDs. I would like to get another headlight bulb that would produce a beam that is closer to the white light emitted from the Motolights, but I can't seem to find a source.

    I don't expect the Motolights to provide lighting for night riding. Their purpose is supposed to be for additional conspicuity and they certainly do work well with that.

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    I have gift certificates for 10%, a few left. It was given to me by the president of Motolights and to hand out at the cop motorcycle, but I have few. PM if you like one. You can use towards the LED bulbs, just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastdogs2 View Post
    ........... The LED is a brilliant white light and gives enough contrast to the headlight that makes the other traffic take notice. The light from my headlight actually looks yellow compared to the LEDs. I would like to get another headlight bulb that would produce a beam that is closer to the white light emitted from the Motolights, but I can't seem to find a source.

    I don't expect the Motolights to provide lighting for night riding. Their purpose is supposed to be for additional conspicuity and they certainly do work well with that.

    Bill
    What he said, when you see LED's they are Noticeable, even in bright sunlight, due to the color temp. Plus it is a color that is not common in the environment, so it pops the "what's that" neurons in peoples brains. Just like the safety orange/High vis Yellow/the neon blue LEO lights etc.

    People do notice! and that was my goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman587 View Post
    I have gift certificates for 10%, a few left. It was given to me by the president of Motolights and to hand out at the cop motorcycle, but I have few. PM if you like one.
    I'll take one. PM sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montauk View Post
    I'll take one. PM sent.
    Will send it out this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman587 View Post
    Will send it out this weekend!
    I lied!!! Put in the mail this morning. Anybody else?? Got a few left................
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastdogs2 View Post
    I had the halogen Motolights on my bike and last year I replaced them with the LED bulbs. The LED is a brilliant white light and gives enough contrast to the headlight that makes the other traffic take notice. The light from my headlight actually looks yellow compared to the LEDs. I would like to get another headlight bulb that would produce a beam that is closer to the white light emitted from the Motolights, but I can't seem to find a source.
    I don't expect the Motolights to provide lighting for night riding. Their purpose is supposed to be for additional conspicuity and they certainly do work well with that.

    Bill
    go HIDs as your primary lights. crazy stupid amount of vision!

    http://www.kbcarstuff.com/Xtreme-HID...FYYWMgodeloA-w

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    According to the folks at Motolight, the LED bulbs have a 10 degree spread vs a 35 degree spread on the halogens. IMHO and those of the folks I ride with, when I am "tail-end-Charlie" the LEDs VERY noticeable almost to the point of being annoying. I've got them adjusted per Motolight specs and, curiously enough, get flashed at night far less often than with the halogens I replaced.

    I may not get the conspicuity from vehicle on a sidestreet at 40 degrees (to my travel direction) with the 10 degree spread, but I definitely get noticed from where I need to be when going any normal speed.

    I'm sold and very happy with the LED bulbs. BTW, I've got 35W HIDs in for the nightime amd am very satisfied with the entire set-up.

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