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post #1 of 10 Old 03-06-2004, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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DL's Need Adjustable Head Light's

For 2005 it would be good if Suzuki put adjustable head lights on the bikes. I've been playing with the suspension height. ( Just put on the fork preload caps on my 02). I'm also putting my bike back to stock height. Spent a bit of time cranking the lights down for when the bike was lowered. Also when you have the bike loaded for touring the lights are out of adjustment.

To adjust the head lights it actually isn't that hard to do. It just takes time.
First I consider if the head lights need adjusting. When on coming vehicles are flashing their high beems at me the lights are too high. What I do is find a flat wall and put a couple of pieces of tape parallel to each other.
You can have someone hold the bike up right or put it on the center stand. Shine the lights at the wall and adjust the lights evenly in relation to the tape marks. Then I shine the lights at the rear of a car with average height. If the lights are just below the trunk, I will go out and road test the bike. If the lights are illuminating the road properly and I'am not getting high beemed then the lights are adjusted properly. This may take a couple of times to get them right.

An adjustment knob for the headlights would be a good feature.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-13-2004, 01:15 PM
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I would have to agree. Now that my 'Strom doesn't have a spongy front end, the headlamp beams are way too high. A knob would be convenient, especially given the 'Strom's touring orientation.

As it is, adjusting the headlights isn't all that much of a chore. A 10mm nut driver is all you need as the adjusters are just ahead of the fork next to their respective headlamp. The upper/inner pair provides horizontal adjustment and the lower/outer pair takes care of vertical.
post #3 of 10 Old 04-19-2004, 06:05 PM
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See above for a description of the 'Strom's headlight adjusters.
post #4 of 10 Old 04-20-2004, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Woofy for explaining the head light adjustment. The basic manual that comes with the bike explains the vertical and horizontal adjustment bolts. Make sure you bring along a small hand held wratchet 1/4 drive, a 10mm socket and a good light; it's dark in behind the fairing.

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-20-2004, 12:53 PM
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Uh oh!

Oops! The correct nut driver or socket size is 8mm.

When making vertical adjustments on the headlights, keep the lamps on low. On low the lamps project a definite horizontal line between light and shadow when facing a wall about about 20 feet away.

When the left and right lights are adjusted evenly, the line will be very sharp and distict. When left and right lights are out of adjustment relative to one another, the horizontal line takes on a fuzzy, unfocused appearance.

This is good to keep in mind when traveling two-up so you don't blind oncoming drivers.
post #6 of 10 Old 09-17-2004, 11:46 AM
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Headlamp adjustment

I need to adjust the lights on my V-strom as the previous owner was obviously keen to look skywards when riding. I know which adjusters are for vertical and horizontal from looking at Woofy's previous post, but seeing as I'm a little bit lazy can someone who's done it before tell which way to turn the adjusters to get the left and right and up and down adjustment. There's also a practical reason for this as I'm sure the length of time it will take me to do it, I could run the risk of draining the battery.
Thanks in advance
post #7 of 10 Old 09-19-2004, 02:40 PM
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Manufacturers usually have recommended settings for the lights, such as at x feet from a wall on low beams, the centre of the light beam should hit the wall y feet from the ground. Even my 1972 Triumph has these kinds of instructions. If you've lowered the forks or made other mods, you might have to adjust those specifications, but they do give you a starting point. Does anybody know if there are such guidelines for the V-Stroms?

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-22-2004, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bob, the manuals for the DL,s that I have (owners 650,1000 and OEM 02 DL1000's say nothing about headlamp adjustment according to measurements.

Chris, all I can say is that if you want to do it quickly just adjust the lowest screws closets to the wheel on each side of the fairing. This will adjust the vertical. I would be guessing which way to turn them.

I find it a great learning experince to have adjusted the head lights for the first time. When you have adjust them to your liking you are satisfied for a job well done. The DL series are fairly excessible to work on.

From touring on the DL's adjustable headlights would be my choice for an
inprovement in the design. You can buy lots of after market parts for the DL's, but making the headlights easily adjustable has to come from Suzuki.

You do not want to piss off cagers before you have over taken them.
My last trip a mini van pulled off the road and he flipped me the Bird.
I just shrugged my shoulders passing him, not knowing why he was pissed. You pretty much know when the truck in front of you slams their brakes on for no reason that your headlights may have pissing them off.

I wish for Christmas for Suzuki to put remotely adjusted headlamps on the DL series.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-23-2004, 07:25 AM
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Sure, it sounds like your lights may be too high, but...

Keep in mind a cager (*sshole or not) who flips you off is a cager who saw you. I run a modulator on my bike. Sure, it can be annoying when you're tailgating waiting to pass someone, but I don't leave it on if I'm following someone for more than a mile or so. If they don't like it, I say screw 'em. The modulator gets a LOT of attention, which is it's purpose. And, of course, you occasionally get the unknowing person who thinks your a cop or emergency vehicle and pulls right over to let you by
post #10 of 10 Old 09-23-2004, 08:14 AM
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My low beams appear to be adjusted perfectly but my high beams shine way to high. Does this sound whacked?
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