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Riding high?

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 do on the highway but not in town, I am interested to hear what the rest of the guys and gals say on here.


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Adjust headlight beam if you haven't already. There's a post explaining the process.

Replace the bulb. I put in a Sylvania Silverstar 9003t.

These 2 things made all the difference for me. I can ride with high beams on during the day without getting flashed, but at night almost everyone will flash me. Tells me I got it about right.

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Adjust headlight beam if you haven't already. There's a post explaining the process.

Replace the bulb. I put in a Sylvania Silverstar 9003t.

These 2 things made all the difference for me. I can ride with high beams on during the day without getting flashed, but at night almost everyone will flash me. Tells me I got it about right.

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I've noticed, one night on a dark country road, there was a car right next to me and my headlight beam was much shorter than the cars beam. I was actually a little nervous riding with the low beam, cause I just couldn't see much in front of mt tire. I'll have to check into that headlight adjustment.
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I ride with high beams on during the day always, switch to standard at night.


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I can tell you this ................... aim the headlight properly and you will be seen even on low beam.
Two of my buddies were basically invisible during the day rides. At night I couldn't believe they would ride like that. They ran out of headlight maybe 15 ft. in front of them. They're hi beam was what low should have been and it sounds like yours may be the same.


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HID kits are pretty cheap nowadays- Makes a massive difference.

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I had hid kit im my car. When one bulb stopped working, i removed it and put the working one on the bike. Even though it takes 5sec to charge the hid ( cheap ballast) the white light is very good. I have plugged itto high beam and normal yellow bulb to lowbeam. (the bulbhas both hid and halogen.

Everyone should go for hid.helps a lot. I even have some blue leds on the winshield and extra pair of turn signals on the sides. A loud horn and loud pipes necessary as well


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would seriously suggest a light bar...especially if you plan on doing night riding...one can never have enough lite at night or be visible enough whether riding at night or day...many here have made their own lite bars cheap enough from spots purchased at walmart with good results...I always ride with my hi-beams on...day or nite...if you ride in an area where animals tend to wander about at night those extra feet of illumination ahead of you just might make the difference in what can happen...how much is your life worth...spend the money...make the improvement...do all you can to make yourself visible and not give them a reason to say they didn't see you. I have even taken it to totally paranoid levels on my ride......




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Always ride with the high beams on during the day, and at night, (shut them down at night for oncoming cars though).

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