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Old 03-28-2013, 07:55 AM   #18001
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All I can say is you blokes have deeper pockets than me.

I went to an HID replacement bulb and have swapped out to 2 LED from ADVmonster (sanjoh). I think I have around 4800 lumens pulling less than 24 watts. 1 flood 1 spot. I also use a "dimmer" that is pulse modulation it came to less than $250. The dimmer has a hi beam bypass which is wired to the stock switch.

The denali's are nice but wow $$$$$
hey, I've seen some of your stuff, very nice write ups. thanks for taking the time man !
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #18002
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Ongoing weight loss

As part of my drz, weight loss regimine, I purchased a shorai lipo battery. This thing weighs a tad over 1#. Combine it with a light weight exhaust and the drz strarts getting into the 280 range (of course all the standard deporking measures apply).
hell its light enough to carry as a spare battery, riding 20 min. every 2 months is enough to keep it topped off.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #18003
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What is the weight difference and did you mount it elsewhere?
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:33 PM   #18004
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All I can say is you blokes have deeper pockets than me.

I went to an HID replacement bulb and have swapped out to 2 LED from ADVmonster (sanjoh). I think I have around 4800 lumens pulling less than 24 watts. 1 flood 1 spot. I also use a "dimmer" that is pulse modulation it came to less than $250. The dimmer has a hi beam bypass which is wired to the stock switch.

The denali's are nice but wow $$$$$
G'day mate,

More than one way to skin a cat I suppose...... I'd also like a screen and the Britannia Composites Lynx includes two of the sort of lights we're talking about.

470cc, mmm, got anymore details on your bike?

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #18005
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What is the weight difference and did you mount it elsewhere?
nope mounted in the battery box, it comes with a bunch of foam to take up the extra space.
stock battery is about 10#.iirc so a difference of 8.6# (roughly)
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:10 AM   #18006
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As I don't ride a alot (read: any) at night, just how terrible is the stock headlight?

I always hear everyone bash it...is it really THAT bad?
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:20 AM   #18007
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its not as bad as a stock ktm headlight
and better than a drze headlight

and worlds better than an airhead bmw headlight(a candle )
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:21 AM   #18008
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The stock headlight on my DRZ is Far superior to any of the past 4 early to mid 80's bikes that i've owned. Every time I turn the high beam on I'm impressed, but never having used better lights I dont know what I'm missing...
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:24 AM   #18009
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Following any of the rallymoto threads, it seems like guys spend a lot of time/money making sure their lighting system is up for the job.

I just wonder how much we truly need to do to improve our lighting situation.

Looks like the answer is to remove the stock headlight and start over lol.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:35 AM   #18010
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There is too much emphasis on the weight savings... to the point of recommendations being undersized.

Choose the biggest battery that'll fit in the tray.

The LiFe pack on mine weighs in at about 1kg... IIRC, the stock battery is 4kg or so.
It is the same as bumping the horse power, except it costs less. While getting crazy(like drilling bits out as was done in bicycle racing in the sixties) is not a good idea, dropping weight generally does not hurt and nearly always helps. I converted to tubeless(SM wheels with beaded rims, not a good idea with the S front wheel, no bead on the rim), removing 25 ounces from the rear wheel and 20 ounces from the front. Small improvement in acceleration, big improvement in turn in and suspension response.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:43 AM   #18011
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Following any of the rallymoto threads, it seems like guys spend a lot of time/money making sure their lighting system is up for the job.

I just wonder how much we truly need to do to improve our lighting situation.

Looks like the answer is to remove the stock headlight and start over lol.
there is always room for improvement

i recommend a good led helmet light

in the dark, light = speed
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #18012
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The stock light on the DRZ is fine, i ride lots at night time, if its really dark out just put on the high beams, this is one area that i dont see a reason to upgrade at all.

The only thing i would like, is for the light to be either white or blue, instead of the yellow.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:57 AM   #18013
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You miss the point and maybe got distracted... The bike won't be going anywhere if the magic smoke has been let out and even a 16 cell pack is 1/4 of the weight of the stock battery.
No doubt you don't want to small a battery but I do always carry this for emergencies:
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #18014
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its not as bad as a stock ktm headlight
and better than a drze headlight

and worlds better than an airhead bmw headlight(a candle )
Time you got your Airhead upgraded young man

I agree there not GREAT headlights BUT

A new reflector and halogen bulb and I can see the end of my lane-way (20 meters)
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #18015
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i am planning an upgrade for the airhead, that includes replacing the wiring harness and lights with some from japan

right now the drz400 is more important
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