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Old 07-09-2012, 03:41 AM   #2521
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review time

ok, so ive been wanting to do an honest review from a different kind of rider, a street rider. an asphalt test, if you will.


so i have an 09 sportster "hotrod" that i race and ride everyday. its my ONLY vehicle, so it needs to function well. and it would need to serve as my only source of forward lighting...yeah

before, i had dual 55w halogen lights that did nothing but light up my front tire, so one day while dicking about on here i posted up a thread asking about a bright but small light. i soon was directed to advmonster, and while i was in a bit of initial sticker shock and talking to sanjoh about them, i placed an order for a model 60, bar mount, light protector and strobe switch. to be honest, i know i was a pain in the ass asking so much stuff.

but i got them quick and packaged well, and i was totally surprised about how small they were in person. now i had to muck about figuring a place to mount them and the switch, since my bike doesnt have any switches anymore for anything.

well, i talked to a fabricator friend of mine who made a mount that would work in the original headlight visor and while its not my favorite looking mount, it works (for now).

I just got back from the initial test ride at 5am and man, i have to say im impressed!!!

not only do signs light up a light blue (as does ANYTHING reflective, think bike helmets, idiot dots, stripes etc) all in front of me, but i get easy adjustment from low to high and 6 other settings in between to tweak the setup as conditions need.

now, i know im going to get in trouble with that switch...you see i am a very aggressive driver because i figure everyones out to get me, so i try to be proactive more than reactive. on my bike, i have more throttle than brakes...so yeah.
anyway, first thing that happens is some jackanape pulls right into my lane and creeps along, so i hit the strobe to get his attention and HE PULLED OFF THE ROAD. i did that 3 more times on the trip (being careful not to endanger anyone, or get the wrong attention...) and similar reactions: get out of the way!!!

now, for the breakdown. there are some cons to my pros, so lets get to that list:

Pros:
Small, Low Power Draw, Easy to Hide, Easy to Install, Super Bright

Cons:
1: The strobe switch could use a different brightness pattern, going from low to high instead of high to low. personally id like to see a function where if you hold the dimmer down it goes right to bright, press again to go back to where you were.
2: The HD mounting bracket has ridges (i assume for, well, rigidity) but they can interfere with getting the back on tight enough.
3: The Wide Beam isnt too wide, in the beginning. once its out past the bike about 20 feet its wider, but right in front of the bike its still pretty narrow. im not getting a lot of light directly in front of the front wheel, with it aimed correctly.


now, all those things are REALLY minor. yes, id like a slightly different switch. yes, id like a little wider pattern in front of the bike. but are they deal breakers? HELL NO. not only that, i feel that i got a steal.

I did forget that we on ADV got a discount, so even with paying full price i find these to be a great buy.

onto the pics.

before:





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Old 07-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #2522
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Here is the wires I have, I just need to know what order to attach them in. I have a switch also not shown.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #2523
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:03 AM   #2524
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here ya go

Cool video of the ST Dimmer

"Police strobe" be careful with that, don't want to make anyone sick
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:30 AM   #2525
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Hi John,

Is one ST dimmer needed for each light...or will one control a pair?

Sorry if this is s dumb question or has been covered before.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:51 AM   #2526
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Cool video of the ST Dimmer

"Police strobe" be careful with that, don't want to make anyone sick


my friend that stood in front of the bike to try to get video said that the "police mode" on the fastest setting was making them want to puke and disoriented them, so yeah....


also, what i find particularly cool is the modulating strobe. you can put that on the day for the "pulsing" headlight you see on a lot of upgraded bikes for safety, and since i goes right to full bright youll def be seen by oncoming. wouldnt use at night tho...
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:41 PM   #2527
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Any pics of this mounted on handlebars? Is the battery included in the light assembly?

thanks


The kit includes a battery, the charger and a bag to velcro the battery on. It is on the main tube in the pic. We also offer an accessory wire so you can wire it direct to 12v.



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Is one ST dimmer needed for each light...or will one control a pair?
One ST dimmer will power up to 140 watts. So it will handle 15 model 30s or 7 model 44s or 4 model 60s.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:04 PM   #2528
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here ya go
Nice, I like it!
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #2529
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Is there anyone here that will help me get this light working please? I can't understand why I am the only person with questions on how to make this thing work. I have a dirt bike, I need light, I purchased the model 60 light and need some help wireing it up, I'm not an electrical guru I ride dirt bikes.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #2530
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Is there anyone here that will help me get this light working please? I can't understand why I am the only person with questions on how to make this thing work. I have a dirt bike, I need light, I purchased the model 60 light and need some help wireing it up, I'm not an electrical guru I ride dirt bikes.
Sent you a pm, you should expect support from whomever sold you the lighting coil and rectifier. If no support, try the thumper forum.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:21 PM   #2531
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well bad news. the ST dimmer shit the bed less than 24 hours after installing it. when the bike had power, it would light up full bright (not my setting) and flicker, the "mode" button would get too hot to touch and at one point i thought i saw smoke (i do work at a cigar shop, so it could have been that...) no buttons responded, so i yanked it off and hardwired the light so it was full blast. im going to have to ride like this till i figure something out.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #2532
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Is there anyone here that will help me get this light working please? I can't understand why I am the only person with questions on how to make this thing work. I have a dirt bike, I need light, I purchased the model 60 light and need some help wireing it up, I'm not an electrical guru I ride dirt bikes.
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You called me the other day on your wiring issues. Something you said didn't seem right after thinking about it. As I understood you, there is only one wire coming from the stator up to the rectifier. There should be two because that is AC. If this is not true, contact the place where you bought the stator.

Let me know if I can help.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #2533
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Is one ST dimmer needed for each light...or will one control a pair?

Sorry if this is s dumb question or has been covered before.
Should control the pair.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:25 AM   #2534
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well bad news. the ST dimmer shit the bed less than 24 hours after installing it. when the bike had power, it would light up full bright (not my setting) and flicker, the "mode" button would get too hot to touch and at one point i thought i saw smoke (i do work at a cigar shop, so it could have been that...) no buttons responded, so i yanked it off and hardwired the light so it was full blast. im going to have to ride like this till i figure something out.
Email sent. Let's not jump to conclusions, have you looked at the wiring? Should not get hot to the touch if you have a fuse on the circuit, you do have a fuse don't you
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:04 PM   #2535
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sanjoh & harcus,

thinking about the fairing and led set-up you have for my 2001 DR650.

i definitely want to upgrade the light, but am worried about turbulent air from the fairing. i've tried an add-on fairing but only used it for certain conditions. this was ok since i could remove it and still have my stock headlight. the stock headlight mask does surprisingly well at 75 mph when there's no major traffic up ahead but when there's lots of cars and rigs the air gets turbulent.

as you know, airflow is somewhat of a personal thing depending on torso height, helmet (dirt, adv, or street), personal tolerance/expectation, etc. do you have a dummy fairing or a prototype that you'd be willing to demo before we shell out the money for a production set-up? i'd be happy to pay shipping both ways and provide feedback to you guys.

thanks,

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