Over the past two days I have installed the following:
- Adventuretech fork brace
- Adventuretech peg lowering kit with shifter relocation
- Beamtech H4 LED
First, the fork brace. Having owned a Superbrace on an '09 Wee, I transitioned to the '15 XT with a little surprise. The mid-model handles better than the '09 with
a fork brace, yet still acted skittish on rain grooves and in high winds. Being a bit 'enthusiastic' on a turn would lead to a not-planted feeling at the front, as if the tire did not want to stick. I'll have to give the rain grooves a whirl in high wind, but this one is worth the coin. Pilot Road 4 Trail and this silly piece of aluminum make the bike almost feel like a sport machine. Almost.
Peg kit? Likewise. Now the pegs live in the same spot as my old '09 (restores the old foot-to-butt distance) and puts less of a cramp in the knees. The shifter relocation is, well, stupifying. With my boot heel on the peg, I can shift up or down by rotating my toe around the gear stick's toe tab. A simple pull or press of the toe and click, gear change. Like it should have been. From Suzuki. I wear an 11EE. Rick's 10-13 kit in the default position fit like a gem.
Beamtech H4 LED is.. a bit of a wash compared to halogen. Low beam spread is nice, anything reflective and ahead of you is lit bright, yet drivers aren't pissed so long as you a) didn't install the bulb upside down and b) have the lights adjusted properly. My cut off was set at the factory and proved okay, if a tick low. Didn't get flashed, even at night, in busy traffic. The high beam is just as bright as the low, but somewhat dim for a high beam. Long distance punch leaves a bit to be desired. For city use these are just fine; the corner lights on the '12-15 make for a nice contrast (3k v 6k) for drivers to spot. If you have genuine need for long-distance light, buy lights for long distance. As a cheap upgrade from halogen, they work okay. No idea as to longevity; I saved the old H4 Hellas just in case. As a side note, LED bulbs on a headlight relay harness meant the bike starts rightfrigginnow
. No whine, no click, just run. Kinda spooky!
Playing around with the high beam at night led me to discover Beamtech keeps the low lit when the high is active. Holding the flash switch generates the same light level as hitting the high beam which, given a high beam of sufficient strength, would make for a great set of lights. Beamtech's high beam, however, is no brighter than the low beam and at twice the distance that makes for a poor performer.