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post #1 of 16 Old 06-09-2011, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight difference and output pattern questions

I'm used to riding motorcycles that have the headlight mounted on the forks, so it turns and points wherever the tire points. (500cc cruiser and 225cc dual sport)

For those of you who went from motorcycles with a similar headlight setup to a V-Strom with its fixed position headlight that always shines straight ahead, how different or weird is it when riding that the headlight doesn't point in the same direction as the tire?

(I realize I would have this difference with most of the bikes I'm looking at, but I figured since I'm investigating the dl650 the most, I'd ask it in this forum.)

And 2nd question, does the headlight on this bike put out a nice light pattern (ie, good side distance/depth and forward shining ability)? I know I could change the bulb out, but I'm hoping it's already good (I'm somewhat disappointed in my current bikes' headlight output patterns).

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-09-2011, 02:29 PM
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When I got my Strom it felt to me like someone was behind me all the time as the lights didn't move with the bars. i got used to it pretty quickly.

As far as light adjustemnt goes, I have found that the lights are great on the Strom. I thought I wanted better lights until I adjusted them properly. Most people never seem to have them adjusted correctly.. it is important to adjust the left and right separately otherwise it is hard to tell how they are set.


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post #3 of 16 Old 06-09-2011, 02:40 PM
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Changing the bulb won't do anything to the pattern. HID replacements are possible and include a headlight relay. Relay kits are also available to put out more light and prevent connector and contact failure in the future with the stock bulbs. The stockers are better than most H4 replacements. Car drivers are used to lights not moving with the front wheels so it shouldn't be a difficult transition. Stroms have great stock headlights compared to most motorcycles.

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For me it wasn't just the headlight that was weird, it was the whole fairing. It took a while (2 weeks or so) to get used to the whole front end of the bike staying in place instead of turning with the front frorks. Maybe it's that you cant see the front wheel, I'm not sure what it was. But, I don't even notice it now, and I love the protection of the fairing.

The headlight is great. A lot better than my Harley. I couldn't believe how good it was. The pattern is good and it's really bright with those dual headlights.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-09-2011, 03:53 PM
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Love the strom's headlights, but regularly find myself turning on the high beams (when there is no oncoming traffic) in order to get more light as I'm going around unlit or poorly lit corners.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-09-2011, 04:04 PM
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I too went from a Fork Mounted headlight, funniest thing for me was, I would always turn my forks to the left to keep my light from shining into the eyes of the driver in front of me, and it took a while on the Vee to get out of the habit, which of course, has no effect with the Fairing mounted light....
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Remember that when you're countersteering, a fork-mounted lamp is pointing even farther from where you're looking than a fairing mounted light is.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-10-2011, 12:03 AM
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Mine has a better spread than my 4WD does!
Must have come from the factory properly aimed.

As my previous three bikes all had fixed headlights I didn't notice a change, other than the Strom lights are SO much better than my previous GS had.

Never did like the fact that my old bikes years ago used to lose the road on turns due to counter steering (crap lights on bikes way back then though too).

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great headlights.
amazing with HID

can't see a thing going around corners, but it's because, when leaned over, what's around the corner is above the cutoff of the headlight

has nothing to do with the headlight turning with the forks or not.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-10-2011, 05:19 PM
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Great lights on the stroms. They can be brightened by changing to HID lights, or by installing a relay kit, or by installing the +50% or similar H4 headlight bulbs (but shorter bulb life). There can be some variation with light pattern. Some cheaper bulbs don't place the filament as precisely in the optical center of the reflector. Other bulbs place the filament to give scam light "brightness" readings with a hot spot in the pattern (PIAA).

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