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Well I sold my strom (65k miles of goodness!) but I still have access to my fathers one and thought this might help out for people who may not be aware. There are lots of new nice LED driving lights hitting the market that are not $600. One big vendor on advrider is selling them (look for 80+ page thread in vendors), but theres another vendor selling the same thing for alot cheaper here: realtimeindustries.com These make great visibility lights for watt starved bikes like the vstrom. I mounted a set on the new FJR and they work great, and better than even the vstrom did with HID's

Well now I have two of these mounted up. One set of the 550 lights on the front forks, and another set of new 1800 lights up high as driving lights with a dimmer. The bottom set is wired up to a simple on off switch and functions as visibility lights and close in lights. For this they are great. The top set is mounted into the shelf bracket handguards holes (very convienent and no need for seperate mounting brackets). They also have a dimmer from 0-100%, and when the high beams go on they go to 100%.
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Upper lights



Low beam shot from 100 feet

High beam shot from 100 feet


These should make great driving lights, and the do seem to greatly improve visibilty from the front by creating the triangle of light. They are also small, and draw low power. I did invest in the 3m covers for them all, and also applied silver paste to them all since the stock is almost nonexsistent. The small size is great in not ruining the lines of the bike like the larger lights do.

I will post up manual camera controlled beam patterns in the dark a bit later.



All you need if you want to dim from 0-100% on low beam is a dimming box like so: Wireless LED Dimmer with High Beam Bypass

It also taps right into the high beam relay for 100% light when you hit the high beam. Some have also tapped into the horn.

Its an option for those with more limited budgets (you can mount 4 sets of the brightest lights for the cost of 1 krista!). I'm sure they are great, but I doubt they match the brightness of 7 1800L lights, and 2 dimmers. Having seen both side by side, the Krista's looked slightly brighter, with slightly better throw distance, but not 3x as much.
 

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Thanks for sharing. I have to take a peek at their site and products.
 

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Thought I would give a quick update. All 4 lights are still going strong 15k miles later and performing excellent. Rode through deals gap in the dark at the end of last year and the two bikes behind me were able to drive off the high beams and the driving lights alone. The light output is excellent and allows you to do the speed limit on the interstate and not ovedrive your headlights (assuming no other traffic around). The dimmer is still also working well. Have not taken a picture yet of them at night, but will do that shortly and post up (had to wait for a large field type area to show the results). The wireless dimmer is still working well and has come in handy when setting up camp for the night and leaving the bike off but the lights on. Lots of light with little to no draw.
 

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How come everybody takes pictures facing the lights? Who wants to see that? I want to see what the lights look like shining down the road.
 

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Ok I did say I would post up beam pattern. Just took a bit to get the camera accurate.

Here's the beam pattern. 1800's on top, bike in middle, and 450 spot on bottom


Low beam spot only


Low beam only


Low beam and bike lights on low



High beams Led's only


Everything on high. Hopefully this shows just how much brighter it really is
 

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How come everybody takes pictures facing the lights? Who wants to see that? I want to see what the lights look like shining down the road.
I originally posted my pics here.

As promised, here are some pics with the camera in full manual mode. I started by fiddling with the settings to get the photo to be as close to how much light I see and went from there.

This is with no lights on.


Stock high beams.


Stock low beams.


Low beams + LEDs at 30% brightness.


Low beams + LEDs at 100% brightness.


Yeah, my high beam is pretty useless now. :lol3


Since then, I've added a few more lights :beatnik:
 
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