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post #1 of 26 Old 11-03-2006, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Headlights, are they aimed too high?

Are you having problems with other drivers because of the headlights?

Yesterday going home after work (in the dark), I came to a stop sign with a car in front of me, the lady in the car crossed it and i did too but she was driving very slowly about 15 mph in a 35 mph speed limit, so i passed her, and stopped on the next intersection to make a right turn, well this lady invaded my space on the lane, stopped on my right with 2 tires off the road and told me "Do you know how difficult it is to see with those lights? are they high beams?" I told her they are low beams and my bike is tall and her sporty car is low, then she went ahead and blocked me again, I passed her again and she tailgated me with her high beams on, I proceeded to dissapear.

This is the second time somebody gets behind me just to turn their high beams on. But I guess they are getting it back with the reflective tape I have plus the patches on my Darien jacket and pants.

I'll try to adjust them to avoid this but they work great the way they are now

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Get behind them, and turn the brights on to show them the difference?
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Minew were just a hair high.
Since I raised the forks they are fine.
How do you adjust them anyway?

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According to the service manual (DL650)

HEADLIGHT BEAM ADJUSTMENT
Adjust the headlight beam, both vertical and horizontal

A:Vertical adjuster
B:Horizontal adjuster

NOTE:To adjust the headlight beam, adjust the beam horizontally first,
then adjust the vertically.

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Your weight? Preload on the rear shock? I know my headlights were pointing pretty high when my wife and I are on the bike with it loaded.

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Mine also are way high, I got flashed by someone and gave it back but probably just startled some owls!

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Adjusted today, very easy with 1/4" drive 8mm socket and tiny ratchet. You can also do sitting on the bike, turning clockwise will lower the beam. Make a mark on the wall and cover the light you're not adjusting.

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I do find more and more people are driving cars, trucks and bikes with headlights adjusted improperly. I also find a lot of cars and trucks with fog lights adjusted in such a way as to be blinding oncoming traffic. It really can affect the vision of oncoming cars, especially in poor visability conditions. Saying our bikes, cars or trucks are tall really isn't an excuse. If low beams are blinding people they should be adjusted lower.

We all should make an effort to make sure our headlights are adjusted properly on all our vehicles. It is common courtesy and could avoid a situation in the future. That driver blinded by oncoming lights could run into someone.

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I've been flash several times as well... Not the good kind though!
The lights on the VStroms seem to be brighter than most. Most cage drivers will notice you have both lights on and assume you are using your highbeam. Yeah, adjustment is important, but loading changes from day-to-day riding and fully loaded (luggage type loaded) long distance riding. No good answer I guess.

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