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Old 11-24-2012, 01:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Proper aiming of the headlight seems to be something that is RARELY done during assembly of a motorcycle. They come screwed up from the factory, most times.

I suggest both (A) re-aiming yours, and (B) adding auxiliary lights, such as a light bar. If you can't afford to add auxiliary lights (even tho' they are becoming increasingly affordable), go the Sylvania bulb route as suggested above.

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Old 11-24-2012, 03:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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So I've got a question for you guys...

I was riding my C50, the other night and following the wife in her car. When we got home she commented on how she could barely see me on the bike. (I only have a single headlight, no light bar.)
So I've read that some riders leave there high beams on all the time. Is this a common practice? I've thought about doing it, but fear it will p#ss off the oncoming cagers.

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I've dual headlights (FLT fairing) and run low beams during the day and night in town. On open roads at night I run low and high beams together(separate toggle turns highs on, high/low selector switches low beams off and on). I've never been flashed by oncoming traffic. Left headlight is aimed so the center of the beam is 25' out 2' up and to the right slightly, right is aimed 25' out 2' up and aimed slightly left so both beams converge as a single point at 25' directly on the centerline of the bike. By setting up this way the light is not focused into the path of oncoming traffic so the glare created is significantly reduced but the distance forward that I can see is much farther than just high beams are capable of while the lows provide a very wide spread close up allowing for a good view of both shoulders, road signs and critters lurking by the road.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My headlight is always on high beam. Never switch it to low. Don't have too many issues with oncoming cars. If they see me, all the better I running a light bar as well. I know it sounds crap, but I don't care if it bothers drivers... It got their attention.
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In Washington State the instruction booklet for your motorcycle license recommends you use high beam on a motorcycle in the day time and use low beam at night when appropriate.
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In Washington State the instruction booklet for your motorcycle license recommends you use high beam on a motorcycle in the day time and use low beam at night when appropriate.
How 'bout that! That's interesting.

In New York State, persistent high-beaming during the day can get you pulled over by the cops.

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Old 11-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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In Washington State the instruction booklet for your motorcycle license recommends you use high beam on a motorcycle in the day time and use low beam at night when appropriate.
Yes - this is from the Massachusetts RMV motorcycle handbook...

"HEADLIGHT
The best way to alert motor vehicle drivers of your presence on a motorcycle is to keep
the headlight on at all times. Research shows that during daylight hours a motorcycle with
its headlights on becomes twice as noticeable to oncoming drivers. Riders should
consider using their motorcycle’s high-beam lights during daylight hours for added
visibility."
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Very interesting suggestions. In the past, I have remarked to a friend of who has an '01 Vol that his headlight was really dim. Now, com to find out mine isn't much better. I've never thought too much about it since I don't drive too much at night. Now that I'm aware of it I am gonna see what I can do to make it better.

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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When you adjust your headlight make sure you do it with you sitting on it and also what you would normally carry when you ride. It will rise when you sit on it.
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Getting a correctly aimed headlight is straightforward. You need to
make a couple of measurements and then aim the light at a flat wall,
as follows:
With the bike on its wheels and you astride, have a helper measure
the distance from the floor to the center of the headlight lens.
Pick a flat wall where you can locate the bike on level ground so the
headlight is 17 feet from the wall. Place a horizontal mark on the wall
two (2) inches lower than the height of the center of the headlight.
The headlight beam (on low beam) should be relatively flat on the top,
and may rise rather sharply at the right edge. Adjust the headlight
vertically so that the flat top of the beam is just up to that line
(marked two inches down at 17 feet).
Horizontal adjustment should center the beam ahead of the line of the
bike.

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I ride high beams during day and at night when no else around.
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