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Old Oct 17th, 2006, 11:43 am Thread Starter
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Anyone have a Ducati Designs headlight?

I've been interested in the Ducati Designs headlight assembly since it was introduced. However, I'm concerned that the Hella halogen bulbs won't put out enough light. DD has told me that there is no reason a H9 HID kit couldn't be put in, but they don't feel it would be necessary. So, my question to anyone who has the unit is, are the halogen bulbs good enough, or do you still use aux lights?

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Old Oct 17th, 2006, 5:51 pm
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I like my Ducati Designs headlight. It does put out significantly more light over stock although not as much as the HIDs. I had PIAAs installed before and so I still use them but mostly for visibility.
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I've been interested in the Ducati Designs headlight assembly since it was introduced. However, I'm concerned that the Hella halogen bulbs won't put out enough light. DD has told me that there is no reason a H9 HID kit couldn't be put in, but they don't feel it would be necessary. So, my question to anyone who has the unit is, are the halogen bulbs good enough, or do you still use aux lights?

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Old Oct 17th, 2006, 10:21 pm
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Did you see the review in Bikeworld reference the light?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...light/upgrade/

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Old Oct 17th, 2006, 11:09 pm
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This is something I'd be interested in too. I wouldn't change just for the DD design alone although I find it very attractive. But I just might make the jump for a dual low beam DD design, with the dual HID's. If anyone's done this, please speak up! Thanks,d.
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I don't have the DD headlight, but have ridden at night with a friend who has one. Nathan is right: it's much better than stock, but not quite as much light as an HID upgrade. Paul claims about twice as many useful lumens as stock, and about 2/3rds as many as an HID. My qualitative experiences support that.

I did speak with DD about putting two Hella HID modules into his frame. Note these are the full HID headlight/reflector assembly, not just a bulb/ballast upgrade kit. It's perfectly possible, but would end up at almost $1,000 for the setup. Nice if you've got the cash to burn.

When you can get HID high & low upgrade kits for around $230, it just didn't make sense overall. Note that the DD kit uses all DOT-approved components so that it is legal, whereas the upgrade kits are "for off-road use only".

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Thumbs up I love my headlights.

I've been riding with these lights since they first came out and love them. They are a great option over stock and are legal. I've never been flashed by oncoming traffic. And I really like the unique look that they give my bike.

The quality is outstanding and I've not had any problems what so ever. Ken, Ernie, AlaskaFish (all have HID) and I have traveled some at night and the low beems are probably a bit brighter but I do not have any complaints or feel left out in the dark. The high beam will light up the world. The other night coming home from a ride to eat meeting in Vancouver my wife asked if I had the high beams on because the farm fields were lit up so well. I demo'd the high beams when it was safe and she was impressed.

Bottom line is that I would not trade for HIDs at all.
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Old Oct 18th, 2006, 1:16 pm
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Jeez Art, you need to wash that thing more often.

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Jeez Art, you need to wash that thing more often.
Says the pot to the kettle!!

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I've been riding with these lights since they first came out and love them. They are a great option over stock and are legal. I've never been flashed by oncoming traffic. And I really like the unique look that they give my bike.

The quality is outstanding and I've not had any problems what so ever. Ken, Ernie, AlaskaFish (all have HID) and I have traveled some at night and the low beems are probably a bit brighter but I do not have any complaints or feel left out in the dark. The high beam will light up the world. The other night coming home from a ride to eat meeting in Vancouver my wife asked if I had the high beams on because the farm fields were lit up so well. I demo'd the high beams when it was safe and she was impressed.

Bottom line is that I would not trade for HIDs at all.
To back up what Art says, I have never considered his lights to be substandard when compared to even the other HID equipped Bikes. I am impressed with the degree of brightness the DD set-up puts out. Much better than the factory light.

Oh yeah Art, you really do need to remove some of those bugs, or we may start mistaking you for Meese!

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Oh yeah Art, you really do need to remove some of those bugs, or we may start mistaking you for Meese!John
Yeah, John - I wuz just gonna remark to Ken; somethang about a pot and a kettle!!!
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Oh yeah!

That picture was taken after Diamond, Oregon. I titled it "Happy LT with Ducati Design Eyes". Here is another picture that I'm sure is a totally foreign concept to you Ken

We call this one "Cleaning".
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Old Oct 18th, 2006, 11:54 pm
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Any time you and John feel the need to clean, just let me know and I'll drop by. Otherwise, I'll be out riding.

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