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Offline richagpalmer

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Accessory Driving lights
« on: July 26, 2019, 03:09:51 pm »
I'm looking to add lights to my c14
Shopping Clearwater and Denali but not loyal to any brand
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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2019, 05:24:08 pm »
I have Clearwater lights only because the first owner bought them.  I'm not impressed.

Check out ADVMonster and their Model 55.  http://stores.advmonster.com/model-55-led-light/

On two previous bikes, I used the Model 30.  I never had any problems and they looked great.  The Clearwater lights have had the paint flake off and the aluminum underneath corrode.  For that price, it shouldn't happen.

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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2019, 05:24:56 pm »
I think the question is, or my own question is… to see, or be seen…  I live in deer country (and have had the occasional vehicle modified on their hide…), so I like flame throwers – which in the incandescent days meant H3 over-wattage, but right now as soon as I get mounts, etc., I’m leaning heavily towards the Vision-X Light Cannons. Not cheap, but cheaper than buying bikes -- or paying the medics…
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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2019, 06:17:23 pm »
I think the question is, or my own question is… to see, or be seen… 
I don't think the two situations need to be mutually exclusive.  If you have lights that allow you to see...you'll be seen as well.

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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2019, 06:30:13 pm »
.  If you have lights that allow you to see...you'll be seen as well.


Yes, true enough -- I should have been clearer -- my running lights are usually not on when meeting cars, like my lower wattage "passing" lights --  but when I reconfigured my last two bikes it was to see the little critters out there -- and then they became too bright for use around traffic (probably not fully DOT approved anymore).
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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2019, 10:02:36 am »
I just installed a set of Denali DR1's on my C14.

I can't say they are crazy bright, but they certainly add a welcome amount of light on the roadway.
D7's would be more along the lines of crazy bright.

I also opted to use the included Hybrid (spot/flood) lenses for more light spread, but less throw.
With the clear (non-hybrid lenses) these are a VERY tight beam pattern, and will reach out past 1000 ft - so if you need more flood AND throw, you should look at the D4's or the new D7's.

Also, I chose to buy a set of Amber Fit Over Lenses for daytime conspicuity. This allows me to use the lights on high or low during the daytime to be SEEN.
Remove the amber lenses at night for better vision = best of both worlds!
Along with the High Beam dimming module, these are a potent set of lights to mount below the mirrors for more daytime visibility and nighttime riding vision.

Decent value, great wiring harness, straightforward install, and solid construction on these units.
I felt better about buying from Twisted Throttle, for the warranty and customer service.

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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2019, 02:21:55 pm »
I bought these lights with the wiring harness also. My second set as the others were on my 2009 that was traded in
Lights - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MCWMK9G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
harness - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O72R7Z8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 03:40:32 pm »
My 15 year old PIAA 1100s died a couple weeks ago. I got these as replacements. The PIAAs were halogen and yellow compared to the LED headlights and new bulbs would have been more than the new LED driving lights.
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Re: Accessory Driving lights
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 03:52:12 pm »
I replaced my H4 halogens with LEDs (these: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07BTW6RCG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Also got John Hayes' Switchback led kit to replace running lights and signal lights, made a really big difference. Those anemic yellow bulbs before didn't do much, the LEDs are much better.

If I can find the equivalent to the Mondo lights, I'll install them under my side mirrors.

You still have to deal with driving idiots who don't look before turning, but, hey, the "I didn't see him" when you look like a UFO is kind of hard to believe!

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