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How do you light up the night?
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:01:34 pm »
I want more light for night riding in the woods.  The cockpit is already crowded for handlebar mounting.  What did you use for lights?  How did you mount them?  How did you electrify them?
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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2014, 07:20:20 am »
Baja designs 8" race light and an HID helmet mounted light.  The helmet light is great because it lights up whatever you look at.
Lots of big kangaroos out this way and having hit one some years back....well let's say, Skippy=1, Ktm 300 2 smoker=0.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 03:48:35 pm »
I installed aftermarket LED's, but I wish I'd seen this first:

Problem:
The two element incandescent bulb (BA20D) used on the EXC model line and 2009 690 is too dim.

Solution:
Have both low and high beam elements on at same time 35 + 35 = 70 watts possible when high beam is on.

Procedure:
In the white connector used to disconect headlight shell from bike there are four wires. Blue(high), Green(low), White(park), Brown (Negative). The wires are held in white connector with tiny barbs on the blades. Use jewelers screw driver to push down on barb and another driver to gently push out blade. Change green and white wire postions in the connector.

Test after connected:
Low beam is the same ,one bulb element on and park light on.
High beam has both elements in headlight bulb on and park light off.

Things to consider:

I have not tested this on actual ride as the snow lies deep in Calgary, Canada.

All wires are the same gauge and on the same fuse so probably on same relay so circuit should take the power with just adding another 35 watts being used at the same time.

Others are using adapters to put in hotter Halogen bulbs so I believe the reflector can take the heat of 70 watts.

I would be interested if other inmates could do further tests.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2014, 07:53:38 pm »
Rusty I liked you solution with the led's.  The real problem with the stock light is that it has two dead spots at nearly 45 degrees to the left and right.  I thought your idea was very good to fix that problem.

I have purchased an offroad bulb that has a higher wattage but I haven't put it in yet, not dark enough on my rides so far but it coming.  I'll have to grab the bulb and update this post with the wattages because I cannot remember.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 08:22:47 am »
I run a trail tech rally headlight, h4 hi spec globe for racing.
 I usually use an old '05 ktm headlight and mask for general night riding...much less weight than the trail tech. I also use an Hid helmet mounted light.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 04:18:32 pm »
Reaps,
         Where'd you get the bulb from? And is it worth the $$$?
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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 06:12:53 pm »
Seabee, there is a replacement led bulb from http://cyclopsadventuresp...Headlight-bulb-_p_83.html.  I have the older h4 bulb at 3600 lumens.  It worked well and was a big improvement over the stock bulb.  I did have to mod the rubber boot which seals the base of the bulb to make it fit.  Cyclops claims the 3800 lumen unit to be smaller and have an actual hi and low beam.  However, I desired more light and went with Baja Designs Squadron XL Pro kit from Motominded.com.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2016, 11:03:41 pm »
Shay with tha guage and Nilla with tha nine.... word to your mutha.

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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2016, 03:27:30 am »
Seabee, that bulb should be a vast improvement over the stock bulb.  I still prefer Leds because of their durability and less power consumption.
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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016, 04:31:25 pm »
Very interesting options.... I just looked at the PIAA option (amazon has it much cheaper than KTM Twins BTW) - then looked at the LED option - very nice.  the Baja Designs one looks good, but damn that price!!! 
Might have to look into the LED option.....
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Re: How do you light up the night?
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2016, 06:55:04 am »
I just followed Rusty Shovels post idea and Im much happier with the lighting on my 2015.
The issue before was how low beam gave good light in close and to the sides, then this was gone when high beam came on which lit up more further in front and to a point out to the trees on the sides of the road.
So with low beam on I saw everything in close but nothing further away...
With high beam on I saw things further away but nothing in close.
I live out in the rural area with no street lights and being in Northern Australia we have literally hundreds of stupid wallabies and kangaroos hell bent on kamikaze action.
Now on high beam it still runs low beam so a lot more of the immediate forward area is illuminated.
Is it as good as additional dedicated spot / flood lights? - No, but it is a free 5 min job that drastically improves whats already there and probably good enough to stop going ahead with additional lights for some people.

I did try starting the bike after the mod with the high beam on and noticed the starter being a bit sluggish from the additional load on the battery but it still started ok, just start it in low beam only.
I also noticed a bit more head light heat when the bike was parked with the high beam on, it didnt hurt anything but I will make sure high beam is on only when Im moving.

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Problem:
The two element incandescent bulb (BA20D) used on the EXC model line and 2009 690 is too dim.

Solution:
Have both low and high beam elements on at same time 35 + 35 = 70 watts possible when high beam is on.

Procedure:
In the white connector used to disconect headlight shell from bike there are four wires. Blue(high), Green(low), White(park), Brown (Negative). The wires are held in white connector with tiny barbs on the blades. Use jewelers screw driver to push down on barb and another driver to gently push out blade. Change green and white wire postions in the connector.

Test after connected:
Low beam is the same ,one bulb element on and park light on.
High beam has both elements in headlight bulb on and park light off.

Things to consider:

I have not tested this on actual ride as the snow lies deep in Calgary, Canada.

All wires are the same gauge and on the same fuse so probably on same relay so circuit should take the power with just adding another 35 watts being used at the same time.

Others are using adapters to put in hotter Halogen bulbs so I believe the reflector can take the heat of 70 watts.

I would be interested if other inmates could do further tests.
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