I'm not completely sold on the single HID low beam on my GTL, at least as far as driving amongst the "forest rats" and such on moonless nights. Just a few days ago a car just a ways in front of me hit a bear (killed the bear, wrecked the car), that wouldn't be fun!
Long ago I added a pair of PIAA HID 600 series lights (no longer made) on a light bar for my GS-A, and it works great. Always on, increases my ability to be seen, and works great as driving lights, as they have a flat top beam, that doesn't seem to bother anyone. I've only been flashed once that I can remember, running across I-80 in Western Iowa, and that was my own fault (heavy luggage load, didn't set the shock up to compensate (this push button adjustments on the suspension really spoils one quickly), so the nose was in the air. As soon as I realized the problem, stopped and cranked up the rear shock knob, and all was well for the rest of that trip.
I'm looking to mount some under mirror lights on the GTL that can serve the same purpose. If I go with the current PIAA HID, I'd have to make an under mirror mount that would stick out farther than I'd like, to get the proper use of the designed beam spread. LED lighting, like offered by Clearwater and others look nice, price is right, but I'm concerned about the beam shape. Any LED's I've seen so far have no beam control, just blast out a lot of light. I do like that Clearwater offers a pre-made mount for under mirror mounting of their Krista and Erica lights, but sometimes easy isn't always best in the long term.
Anyone got any input for me, especially Iron Butt riders, or anyone who does a lot of night riding.
Summertime riding in Florida is much nicer than daytime to minimize sun exposure, and the summer rains usually taper off in the early evening. I'd like to be able to take either bike when I want to go for an evening ride. I don't do much long distance riding anymore, due to job and family time constraints, but I'm seriously thinking my GTL needs to head North for some mountain riding someday (sort of) soon.