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Old 11-18-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Cagiva Gran Canyon Headlight Question

Bought a 1999 Gran Canyon last month. In the process of checking it out I noticed that on high beam only the right side headlight is on. On low beam only the left side headlight is on. Is this normal operation? Seems to me that both lights would be on at high beam. Guess I just assumed that both lights would be on all of the time with extra filaments coming on at high beam. Wondering if I have a bulbs with the high and low beam beam filaments burned out. Any comments would be appreciated. - Bob
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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Bought a 1999 Gran Canyon last month. In the process of checking it out I noticed that on high beam only the right side headlight is on. On low beam only the left side headlight is on. Is this normal operation? Seems to me that both lights would be on at high beam. Guess I just assumed that both lights would be on all of the time with extra filaments coming on at high beam. Wondering if I have a bulbs with the high and low beam beam filaments burned out. Any comments would be appreciated. - Bob
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:39 AM   #4
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Could you modify the headlights on a Cagiva Canyon 500 to where both headlights are going at the same time? And with that have 2 low beam bulbs in...with even light coming out? Since The Left has the low beam side and the right headlight is the high beam side (as stated above) the headlight fixtures are different. The high beam light fixture has different things on the glass to reduce light getting out? Or to direct it different. Anyways, would there be even light coming out from both headlights with low beam bulbs? Would they look the same, or the high beam headlight fixture with the low beam bulb would be duller due to light being held back?
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:21 PM   #5
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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Could you modify the headlights on a Cagiva Canyon 500 to where both headlights are going at the same time? And with that have 2 low beam bulbs in...with even light coming out? Since The Left has the low beam side and the right headlight is the high beam side (as stated above) the headlight fixtures are different. The high beam light fixture has different things on the glass to reduce light getting out? Or to direct it different. Anyways, would there be even light coming out from both headlights with low beam bulbs? Would they look the same, or the high beam headlight fixture with the low beam bulb would be duller due to light being held back?
On a 500, I don't know, but the 904 you can mod to keep both lights on at same time, and lots of folks do that. I have not at this point, but from what i've read its not too tricky.
As you've stated, the high beam and low beam setups are different, so the light would not look the same out of both sides. Making them look the same would not necessarily be easy, though i suppose it would straightforward.
But i installed an HID on the high beam side, and with its characteristic HID broad beam spread, its more of a low beam, even though its brighter. Presumably this is simply because the light is not as directed. I run with the "high" beam most of the time, with that HID installed, as its much easier for others to see me (friends riding ahead of me on a dusty road, or cagers on the highway). That draws less amperage from the bike, and i never get flashed for blinding opposite direction traffic since the beam dispersal is so broad. But for riding at night i don't have a true high beam option any more.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:31 PM   #7
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On a 500, I don't know, but the 904 you can mod to keep both lights on at same time, and lots of folks do that. I have not at this point, but from what i've read its not too tricky.
As you've stated, the high beam and low beam setups are different, so the light would not look the same out of both sides. Making them look the same would not necessarily be easy, though i suppose it would straightforward.
But i installed an HID on the high beam side, and with its characteristic HID broad beam spread, its more of a low beam, even though its brighter. Presumably this is simply because the light is not as directed. I run with the "high" beam most of the time, with that HID installed, as its much easier for others to see me (friends riding ahead of me on a dusty road, or cagers on the highway). That draws less amperage from the bike, and i never get flashed for blinding opposite direction traffic since the beam dispersal is so broad. But for riding at night i don't have a true high beam option any more.
Maybe I can find a fabrication shop that can make custom head lights for me? I would want projection headlights with low/high beam in each light fixture. There isnt any after market parts for this bike so a custom bike shop will be my best bet.
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