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post #1 of 2 Old 04-23-2018, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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ADVTech toys + Beamtech H4

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.
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Right, time for a follow-up...

Fork Brace - Having since experienced the shorts-changing thrill of high winds on an unprotected bridge, I can safely recommend Rick's fork brace. At no time did the bike feel skittish or less than firmly planted, despite being blown across three lanes of traffic (no exaggeration.) I sent many thanks to the doGs living, dead, and yet to be born that day, for other drivers gave me ample space upon witnessing the bike slide whole lanes in 40+ gusts.

Peg lowering kit - Getting old, well, yeah it sucks! I now need knee braces for rides longer than three hours. Rick's peg kit does a lovely job of opening up the knee angle; before the peg kit and braces, a three hour ride on my 15 XT meant getting off the bike was downright painful. If your inseam is longer than 30", you might want to add this piece of kit.

Beamtech H4 - My left bulb is now experiencing an intermittent flicker of impending failure within the warranty period. I will not seek a replacement. Poor light pattern, dim high beam, and blurry cutoff did not enamor them to me. I often compare my headlights to cars beside me at a stop. Older cars with hazed lights would overpower the Beamtechs, truly pathetic. I picked up a set of 9,600 Hikari lights to replace them - fan equipped, sans ballast, and a thousand lux more output with solid cut-off. A lovely reference for LED kits - https://www.bulbfacts.com/led-kits/chart/

Edit: I've had the Hikari 9,600 H4 LEDs for a week. Everything I wanted in an LED - double the output of halogen, not blue in color, long reach with the high beam, tidy cut-off, and the light adjusts with a little rotation to perfect the beam focus. Yes they have fans, however the fork legs miss them by a country mile. No ballast, either. The dual H4s of my XT now match or beat many cars for light coverage and output. Given the Hikari lights are the same cost as the Beamtech the choice is not really a choice - Hikari, far and away.
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Being slow doesn't make a boring bike. I had a R1 which I thought was boring. Boring is a bike that doesn't speak to you. If you like what your bike is saying let it's voice take you to far flung places. - Vertical C

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