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And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:06:09 am »
Love my C14.  Getting into LD riding, so good lights are needed as night riding is now just a fact of life.

I installed a set of HID lights from AndR Motorsports about 3 weeks ago.   They provided very good instructions and the lights work very well.  I picked 4300 temp lights, as this temp provides the most useable light.

The one issue with these lights is that the high beam leaves a dim area where the low beam light would be.  They throw good light down range, but the low beam area is soft.  When using the low beams, all is well.  Lots of light right where you need it.

So I ordered 2 sets of Auxiliary lights.  One from ADV Monster, their Model 60, and one set from MondoMotos, their MM15.  My thought was to use whichever one I liked best, and sell the other pair or give them to Kate if she liked them. 

The Model 60 is a very powerful light.  I hooked them up to the bike and they really blasted some light out.  I turned on the high beam pointed these into the dim area and WOW.  Lots of clear white light.  I think these are 5000, so a little blue, but nothing you see from the seat.

I then hooked up the MM15s.  Meh.  They were completely washed out by the HID headlights.  I could not see the light they were throwing.

On the positive side, the MM15 lights are sturdy and the harness they sent was top notch.

After thinking on it and fiddling, I ended up here:

The MM60s are under the mirrors.  I am waiting on some Buck ST under mirror brackets, but they are mounted securly for now.  These lights only come on with the high beams.  They are entirely too bright for low beam use.  They would blind oncoming cars.

I mounted the MM15s in place of the reflectors in the front forks.  The reflector bracket is perfect for this.  They re being used as DRL/Fog lights.  They are very conspicuous and do fill in the area right in front of the bike, but I do not look there, so w/e.  These are wired to the low beams.  So they will be on most of the time.

All mounted up, I took the bike for a ride tonight.  Blinding oncoming traffic with the DRL was my main concern.  I don't think it is an issue with how I have them aimed.  I did not get a flash, nor did anyone look to be getting light in the eyes.  I have them aimed very low and pointed inward, so the focus point is maybe 25 feet out in front of the bike.  But when you look at the bike head on, they definitely add to the sight picture.

With the highbeams and MM60s, it is like daylight.  I have the MM60s centered about 50 feet in front of the bike, and straight out, so the center of each beam is about 5 feet apart at that distance.  Can't say enough how happy I am with this set up.

Since I just put them on, obviously cant comment on longevity, etc.  But should anything interesting come up, one way or the other, I will put the info up here.

On a side note, ADV Monster sells controllers and dimmers for the LEDs.  His LEDs are well priced for a commodity item.  His controllers are out of this world as far as pricing goes.  He sells an inline 3 button controller for $30.  They are all over ebay for $7.50.  He sells a wireless controller for like $45 and those are all over ebay for $15.  I don not begrudge the man his profit, but those items are too far out of whack.  I purchased one of the 3 button deals on ebay and am waiting on it.  I am happy to give a US guy the extra $10 I could have saved on each light, but I cant give him $25 extra on a $5 part.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2012, 06:11:32 am »
Here is my garage.  No lights, low beams plus spots and high beams plus floods.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2012, 06:18:14 am »
This is at the end of a dead end road.  I didnt take a picture with no lights, but it is dark.

Two pictures, low plus spots and high plus floods.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2012, 06:19:27 am »
And finally, the useless head on shots.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2012, 07:24:45 am »
They look like they put out a lot of light. Too bad you didn't first take OEM pictures outside for comparison. I bet it would have shown a big differance.

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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2012, 07:37:37 am »
Yeah, that would have been smart, which is why I didn't do it. :)

I am meeting up with BJ_CT tomorrow.  Hopefully, we can d a light comparison.  He still has his original headlights, I believe, but has the much better glenda lights for his Aux.

I am interested to see the difference.  If I am half as bright as he, I will be happy.

If we get a chance to do a side by side, ill post up pics.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2012, 07:47:22 am »
Bruce has those super out put Clearwater lights on his C14. Maybe you should add them as well. Then you wouldn't have to ride at night any more. It would be light.    :))

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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2012, 07:49:47 am »
Get enough lights and you never have to ride on wet roads agains.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2012, 03:38:47 pm »
What chew guys doing tomorrow? Does it involve motorcycles? Kirby wants to know if he is invited or if this is a CT only function....?

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Yeah, that would have been smart, which is why I didn't do it. :)

I am meeting up with BJ_CT tomorrow.  Hopefully, we can d a light comparison.  He still has his original headlights, I believe, but has the much better glenda lights for his Aux.

I am interested to see the difference.  If I am half as bright as he, I will be happy.

If we get a chance to do a side by side, ill post up pics.
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2012, 08:38:20 pm »
Lyle charity rally.  Reg closed unfortunately
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Re: And he said "Let there be light" and it was goooooood
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2012, 08:53:31 pm »
Great- have a good time and ride safe. I hope you both win. :-)

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Lyle charity rally.  Reg closed unfortunately
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