Spot or flood...that is the question - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Modifications and Performance The brag page, good and bad.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2016, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
Junior Trooper
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 4
Spot or flood...that is the question

Just ordered a pair of warn universal fog light mounts for my strommy xt. Look to be pretty good bang for buck. Now I'm not a regular night time rider by any means - want to get off the roads by that time because of the obvious - Roos, hares, rabbits, nocturnal humans in cars and not really interested in having them on during the day as the normal lights on the strommy are pretty good at showing "yes I am here" but in saying that hey anything extra is only better. So I just thought I would get the opinions of ones with fog lights on their strommy sweat is the best overall...spot or flood?

Thanks
Nathan
warnzie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 06-08-2016, 09:13 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 384
Auxiliary flood led lights are better than spot led lights because they have a wider beam to see around corners, illuminate signs more easily, get drivers attention more easily, and have a long enough beam for highway speeds. Spots are used for above highway speed runs where you need to see much further down the road.


Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
Cryoman is online now  
post #3 of 6 Old 06-10-2016, 12:15 PM
aka Rick in Alabama
 
basketcase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Lower US 48
Posts: 502
Garage
Another vote for floods. We have our own variety of nocturnal critters over here. The floods do better as night time ditch sweepers, in my humble opinion.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Current rides: 2001 GL1800, 2014 DL650 Adventure; Gone away: 5 BMW's, 4 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's
------------
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius
basketcase is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 Old 06-10-2016, 02:19 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 528
i've tried several different led's, each time getting a narrower beam than the previous. I found floods absolutely useless except for lighting the path directly in front of you - which really is pointless on a MC when traveling anything more than 25mph. I'm now down to 10 degree spots (previous were 60 and then 30). Much better, but I think I'll try 5 degree or pencil beam next.

2014 DL650 (sold)
2014 DL1000
mcrag is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 06-10-2016, 02:25 PM
aka Rick in Alabama
 
basketcase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Lower US 48
Posts: 502
Garage
Another option is one of each - a flood to light the ditches directly in front, and a spot to push out a bit ahead in the line of travel.

Current rides: 2001 GL1800, 2014 DL650 Adventure; Gone away: 5 BMW's, 4 Honda's, 2 Suzuki's
------------
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius
basketcase is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 06-10-2016, 03:24 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
sanmusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 103
Flood lamps are excellent for what you want, that "I am here" effect. If you want extra lamps to be more conspicuous and to be seen then that's what you want. You can run them during the day as DRL, and at night they shouldn't blind oncoming drivers if properly aimed. I have flood lights on my forks, and I am looking to put spot lights by my handlebars next. The spot lights are for night driving, which I do once in a while.

2015 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom 650 XT ABS
Riding with Ren, my blog: http://ridingwithren.tumblr.com/
sanmusa is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome