Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I read a lot about HID in the time I was thinking about switching, and never read that either. I don't think it is a real worry. The ballast takes care of the high voltage initiation of the arc, and the switch to the run voltage when the arc stabilizes, so should automatically switch earlier or later as required due to the capsule temperature. I did have one bulb fail fairly early but the replacement one lasted a LONG time, and I was riding every day.
Having a relay to keep everything off until the alternator starts up though is not a bad idea anyway, and has been done on an LT. I think that is what Buck Wilmerding did, using a small relay on the charge light circuit to engage a larger one when the alternator started charging.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.