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Has anyone mounted the new Denali's with Data Dim?
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:44:09 pm »
Coggers,
Not sure if this should be on the main page or the accessories so, mea culpa if I am in the wrong place...
I have Denali DMs mounted in front and like them very much; they enhance my visibility to others on the road.  They are very bright when facing them, maybe too bright? 

I have been considering the 2.0 versions because they have the ability to go lower in intensity when desired.  They are like all Denali products a bit expensive (read really expensive) so I wanted to solicit feedback on how they are working?  Also, any other lighting solutions that offer variable intensity settings, i.e. low and high etc.
https://www.twistedthrottle.com/denali-dm-2-0-led-trioptic-led-light-kit-with-datadim-technology
Thanks in advance for your feedback!  Safe Riding!
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Re: Has anyone mounted the new Denali's with Data Dim?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 01:34:23 pm »
I always like an aux. lite thread, although they all seem to end in one conclusion: Lots of Money!  >:(

The Denalis are indeed very nice lights, but like you said, kinda pricey - and let's not even discuss that other brand that ryhmes with "beer swatter".

Currently I run a set of MM10's down low purely as conspicuity lights, as I don't ride at night on purpose. They are wired always on with the bike, and never get turned off.
I have been wanting to add a set of BIG lites under the mirrors for a while now, but can't seem to justify the $500 price tag for lites, mounts, and digital modulator.  As much as I appreciate high-quality kit, I simply can't justify the price of Denalis or those other monstrosities, as good as they may be.

I will say, I really like how you can add a filter to the Denalis to make the beam pattern into a "hybrid" fog/driving lite, to vary distance and coverage.

IF IT WERE ME:  I'd not pony-up the extra ca$h to buy the same lites in a dimmable format.
I'd go for a BIGGER set under the  mirrors, and designate those my "dimmable" pair, and leave the smaller lites on the lower mounts as my "daytime running lamps".
I truly don't think there's such thing as TOO BRIGHT in the daytime.  Whatever you can do to make yourself more visible to other motorists in the daylight, I'm all for it.  But come sundown, you'll want to tone-down those big lites mounted up higher, and to some degree the lower mounts as well.

I'll be curious to see what you decide!  :great:

gr

**Although I can't personally endorse these, for the money, this is probably what I'd buy - or TRY first.
Lots of reviews of these on ADVRIDER site, as well -- and even suggest you join and post over there too.**
http://stores.advmonster.com/model-55-led-light-kit/


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Re: Has anyone mounted the new Denali's with Data Dim?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2018, 01:57:05 pm »
ghostrider990,
I appreciate the thoughtful feedback.  Like you, my Denali are always on and they are very bright when viewed head on.  The are pretty much for conspicuity as they do not really put light very far down the road at night at least that I can see.  I have been looking at the Denali's or good equivalent to mount under the mirrors but switched to use when I want to burn weeds during the day or see what the heck that object is far down the road at night.  I have noticed that my low light vision has diminished since I joined the 60+ crowd.  Actually, my brains sense of confidence and perhaps depth perception have degraded some because I can see just fine, just not processing as efficiently as I used to, damn it.

The HID main lights I have are very good on both low and high beam regarding their beam pattern, they work well with the reflectors that the C14 comes with.
I have had such good luck with the DMs that it is hard for me to think about using another brand of light but I know that is just the "marketecture" grabbing hold of my brain cells.  The issue is always - if I find $500 lying on the ground, what would I add to the Connie?  There is almost no limit, right?
Finally, I have switchbacks wired to the turn signals front and back; so with the Denali's, main headlights, the front turn signals a nice bright white when not in turn mode and some 7000K small LEDs for the two lights between the headlights which give off a slight blue tint, seems to do pretty well for making me a big bright object to cars. The back off device for the rear lens seems to help keep people off my a** as well, but like you said, one cannot have too many visibility lights.

Cheers!
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Re: Has anyone mounted the new Denali's with Data Dim?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2018, 02:50:00 pm »
You've got some great upgrades!

Your Denalis are very much like my MM10's, and they really don't put out much light at night -- mostly because of the low mounting position, and the wide pattern of the lens.

And yeah - I am constantly asking myself what another $500 would add to the Connie.
It's a disease, and I keep telling myself "i'm done".  Pffffffffffft.  Whatever!  :rotflmao:

I just bought heated gear for my pillion, so that just soaked-up my farkle money for the season, not to mention the new tires that just got mounted.
If I rode at night more, it'd be easy to justify the $500 it'd take to put on some big-a$$ Spot Lamps under the mirrors.
But alas, a project for another day.  That will have to fall behind the (somewhat) unnecessary Horn upgrade that I'll be doing this winter....those FIAAMs just aren't loud enough for me!

I do love a good project, but even some of the guys at the concours rally were giving me grief for having so many farkles on my bike.  Surely, that MUST be a sign??!  :truce:

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Re: Has anyone mounted the new Denali's with Data Dim?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 04:24:36 pm »
ghostrider990,
Hey, sorry for the slow reply.  Been "outstanding in my field" focused on other projects.  I agree with your sentiment. If I rode more at night it would be a no brainer, but alas not so much night riding. 

If I ever do break down and buy some new Denali's I will update all on the forums.
Safe Riding!
Gilbysan
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