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post #1 of 4 Old Jan 15th, 2010, 5:20 pm Thread Starter
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Advice needed on driving lights

I need a little input from some of the experienced riders on the group.
I am going to add some lights to my R1150RT for general night driving and need some advice.

Which would be more useful, a driving light that extends a light beam in a narrow pattern.
Or a fog light that throws a shorter wider beam (that might be more useful for driving on corners)
I keep going back and forth on what would be more useful. I am putting these on a faring bracket
That mounts under the oil cooler.

The lights I am considering are;
PIAA 1192 Platinum 1100X Super White Dichroic Driving
PIAA 1451 1400 Series Dichroic Ion Crystal Black Fog Lamp


I would appreciate any advice you might have

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Re: Advice needed on driving lights

check the "sponsors" of this site.. great products.. especially the HID stuff... especially on MC because after the "start up" of HID's they pull very little power.... and give back way more in light.
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Re: Advice needed on driving lights

The lights I am considering are;
PIAA 1192 Platinum 1100X Super White Dichroic Driving
PIAA 1451 1400 Series Dichroic Ion Crystal Black Fog Lamp


I would appreciate any advice you might have


Lots of riders have made the same choice you are considering. Do a thread search, and you will see all the things good or bad they have to say about them. Generally the narrow beam lights give the good light for the open road, so one can see out far enough ahead and not overdrive their ability to see what lies ahead. Whereas the wide beam is for side illumination and is good to see in the canyons with twistys, again so one can see what they're riding into. The first lighting upgrade, in the humble opinion of most of us, should be the lowbeam to HID upgrade. This is a bang for buck issue. Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 4 Old Feb 15th, 2010, 10:37 pm
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Re: Advice needed on driving lights

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I need a little input from some of the experienced riders on the group.
I am going to add some lights to my R1150RT for general night driving and need some advice.

Which would be more useful, a driving light that extends a light beam in a narrow pattern.
Or a fog light that throws a shorter wider beam (that might be more useful for driving on corners)
I keep going back and forth on what would be more useful. I am putting these on a faring bracket
That mounts under the oil cooler.

The lights I am considering are;
PIAA 1192 Platinum 1100X Super White Dichroic Driving
PIAA 1451 1400 Series Dichroic Ion Crystal Black Fog Lamp


I would appreciate any advice you might have

jadm
Great Question, Everyone pretty much answered your question but here is my 2 cents as well. Hope it helps.

Most riders find that their stock lighting is average at best. The best upgrade would extended the light pattern further and wider . My rule of thumb is that you can never have enough light.

There are 3 ways that you can accomplish this, first you can use the external lights but this requires a little most time and cost investment. The other option is upgrading your halogen light to a "brighter" (higher wattage) halogen bulb. I do not recommend this for a few reasons. First the higher wattage puts an increase strain on the electrical system and normally only last for a few months.

The other option as people have stated are HID or High Intensity Discharge or Xenon. This utilizes a different technology with a xenon bulb and a ballast. The advantage of this is that it is a direct factory replacement, meaning it replaces your dated halogen bulbs with no external reflector necessary. HID conversion kits are either 35w or 55w. The 35 produce around 300% more light and have a wider longer beam pattern.

If this is still not enough you can then add the external lights to the bike and now you will have more wattage to spear because of the HID lights.

Hope this helps. Zach


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