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View Poll Results: Why I don't have a HID headlight
I'm cheap 136 43.87%
I can't figure out how to install one 34 10.97%
I like dim headlights better 12 3.87%
I'm afraid of my shadow 11 3.55%
Can't find one I like 32 10.32%
My bike's not fast enough to need one 12 3.87%
I already have one 46 14.84%
I just don't need that crap, thanks 79 25.48%
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Old 13th August 2017
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I'm a hotel manager not a CEO or rock star. £450 for an HD Daymaker is out of my league. I rarely play out after dark anyway.
I'm wary of the ebay copies having heard of fried electrics on at least one
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probably FUD. the worse that can happen is a blown fuse or a code inthe newer fuseless canbus
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Changes to the MoT test (the annual inspection that is mandatory for vehicle over three years old, but not applicable to "motorcycles of historical interest" over 40 years old) to be introduced from May 2018 include the following:

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"Some motorcycles may be fitted with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. It is not permitted to convert existing halogen headlamp units for use with HID bulbs. If it is clear that such a conversion has been carried out, rather than replacing the entire unit with one designed and approved for use with HID bulbs, the headlamp should be rejected."
This clause has obviously been added in recognition of the FACT that HID conversions are not suitable for use with headlamps (reflectors and lenses) that were not originally designed for them. In my experience, their output is more like a floodlight than a focused beam, which frequently dazzles other road users. The same can often be said of LED bulb conversions. I've tried a mate's LED bulb conversion in the headlamp of my MT-09. While the light is certainly very white and bright, the beam pattern was terrible - throwing light that would blind drivers of oncoming vehicles (or vehicles in front, via their mirrors), while simultaneously leaving patches of darkness where I would rather see what's going on.

A draft of the revised version of the Motorcycle MoT Inspection Manual (written as guidance for inspectors) can be found here...

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...2018-draft.pdf
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Because HID sounds like something you roll over and finish with a cigarette? Those sort of things don’t need bright light.
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I have a LED. Which wasn't a choice on the poll
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I just cannot bring myself to ever put LED's in/on anything unless it was standard equipment. I fooled around with this stuff on customer's vehicles for over 10 years and never felt satisfied with the results, for the amount of work that was involved.
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well in the case of a sportster the work involved in converting to LED is basically the same as changing the bulb. even less in fact.

and it works really well, even the $50 ones.
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I had HID stock on my Avalon and didn't really like the quality of the beam/light (caused glare). The LED on my Honda seems much better. I don't ride at night so the LED on my bike is just to be seen with.

New LED bulbs have bi-polarity which means if your car/bike uses a different hot lead on the bulb it will still work. Before you had to rewire the socket to match the bulb because LED bulbs used to require power +V be on a certain lead. (Each manufacturer has their own preference.) Those days are gone.

Also, many of the newest LED bulbs now offer CAN bus compatibility and no hyper-flash (no load resistors) which is huge.

As to benefits, LED's are twice as bright and will last as long as the bike. I also think they are much more visible than incandescent.

But the biggest reason for using LED's is power consumption. My LED tail/brake light uses 2 watts vs 28/8 watts of an incandescent bulb.



If you replace the Headlight, taillight, front and rear turns you save enough to run heated grips and a heated seat which can double your riding days.

If you can early spring/late fall ride twice as often comfortably, I think that's worth the effort.
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My Sportster has a rear LEDs, haven't changed out the Headlight yet, because I'm lazy.
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