Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Just north of Annapolis Maryland
Being a guy that loves riding at night, I also found that option of running both high and low. I installed halogen running lights on my forks at the fender bolts but removed the 50 or 55 watt bulbs replacing them with 35's.
I usually run all three when on the roads late at night when there is no other traffic. It does a fantastic job of "lighting my life" near and far and since my right side running light points a little to the right, it illuminates the shoulder as well. I don't worry about the heat since I'm moving on the highway and am religious about switching to low when traffic approaches. To date, I never had any issues with it running my battery down either but I have been curious as to what was happening when I had all three illuminated at the same time.
I was puttering in the garage last night and just for kicks, hooked up the volt meter while cycling the lights. At idle with low beam only I was getting roughly 14-14.5. It was steady as a rock no matter if I reved it to 4500rpm or let it idle. When I added the running lights there was no change. On high beam only there was no change. I have the running lights wired so they do not stay on with the high beam(I can activate the running lights with either low beam or high and low together, but not high alone). BUT when I moved the switch to the middle position and had both low and highs on my voltage dropped to 12 or just over it. It didn't make any difference when I added the running lights . The only time my volts dropped was with high and low on together. I would have expected that adding the running lights to the low/high would have dropped it but it didn't. Aw well....just sharing what I found for whatever it's worth.
My VStrom 1000 K7
Stock bikes: a
purple '74 RD350 in great shape,
All-original 1975 H2 750 triple (purple of course),
1974 H2 750(my go-fast), a scary fast & fully ported street machine!
'82 Yam 650 Turbo- running 18PSI, Be sure to be pointed where you want to go!
'75 GT550 built up & ported,
'75- H1 wrist-rocket- HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY!
'75 S1 Kaw 250 baby triple w/ lifted and ported 350cc cylinders/28mm flatslides
To-Restore list: '72 H1, 1-'75 H1, 1974 GT750