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Old 3rd December 2006
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Default Selective yellow headlight: My 3rd mod

I've had my new 883 less than a week and I've done three mods to it already. Oh no...

I've had a pair of H4 bulbs from France that have the selective yellow globe on them for twenty years. I got a friend of mine who was going to Europe to pick 'em up for me. At the time I was running E-code Hella headlights in my Benz, but I never got around to putting these bulbs in. They've been sitting on a shelf all this time. Now I get to use 'em.

Of course, now you can get H4 bulbs where the quartz glass on the bulb itself is selective yellow filtered, but back then it was done with a glass globe put on a std H4. For years selective yellow headlights were required in France. I like 'em because they stick out during the day to make you more visible, and at night they really do sharpen your depth perception.

To use the bulb in the stock headlight required the removal of the bulb shield. I'd planned to do that anyway to get rid of the annoying shadow the shield bracket makes in the foreground when you're running on hi-beams. (The bulb shield is put in low beam headlights to reduce stray (non-focused) light from the filament being reflected back into the driver's eyes in rain, snow, and fog. Since I don't intend to ever be riding in those conditions, I don't need the shield.)

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Looks good, Gary! I'll bet it does wonders at night. My only question is legality issues. Does the yellow light attract much LEO attention? I'm not concerned with how legal they really are, as I'm sure they're not (of course, my bars aren't legal up here either, so that's not a problem), but do you get ticketed/warned for them often? I'm only asking because the area I'm in is essentially a tourist area (meaning people partying at night, which means plenty of cops on the road), and a yellow headlight at night is a pretty noticeable beacon!
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Looks good, Gary! I'll bet it does wonders at night. My only question is legality issues. Does the yellow light attract much LEO attention? I'm not concerned with how legal they really are, as I'm sure they're not (of course, my bars aren't legal up here either, so that's not a problem), but do you get ticketed/warned for them often? I'm only asking because the area I'm in is essentially a tourist area (meaning people partying at night, which means plenty of cops on the road), and a yellow headlight at night is a pretty noticeable beacon!
I'm not sure yellow is illegal in the states!!!

Red and blue are illegal but this gives an interesteing alternative if ok.....
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I'm not sure yellow is illegal in the states!!!

Red and blue are illegal but this gives an interesteing alternative if ok.....
I know that my yellow ion crystal bulbs are legal.
And I can see great with it and they (cagers) can see me.
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As far as legality, you have to check your state laws.
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Looks good, Gary! I'll bet it does wonders at night. My only question is legality issues. Does the yellow light attract much LEO attention? I'm not concerned with how legal they really are, as I'm sure they're not (of course, my bars aren't legal up here either, so that's not a problem), but do you get ticketed/warned for them often? I'm only asking because the area I'm in is essentially a tourist area (meaning people partying at night, which means plenty of cops on the road), and a yellow headlight at night is a pretty noticeable beacon!
I just noticed you're in Canada. You'll have to check and see if Ontario has any laws regarding headlights as well as Canadian federal law. I would be surprised if they are illegal, however.
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