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Old 12-12-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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What's the consensus/verdict on running Osram 65 watt H7 Rallye headlight bulbs?

I searched the web and this forum a ton but found sparse concrete data.

It seems that some folks have been running with them with no issues.

But then others have ended up with melted plastic from the OEM bulbs!

Kinda confusing, but I saw one quote that I felt probably made sense...

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"If you replace 55watt lamps with 100's or 90's then yes it will cause an issue.... but a 10watt increase..... not likely...."

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Old 12-12-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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I ran a 100w high beam for a couple years.
55w HID in both now. Much betterer. YMMV
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:04 AM   #4
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I ran a 100w high beam for a couple years.
55w HID in both now. Much betterer. YMMV
You had no issues for years using a 100 watt bulb??
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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You had no issues for years using a 100 watt bulb??
Issues? No; it was bright and the bike didn't complain.
Meltage? While the reflector isn't as cherry as the day it rolled off the line, its not nearly as affected as some of the photos posted here. I couldn't actually tell if it was the oem bulb, the 100 watter or the HID's that did the damage.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:42 PM   #6
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Would not do it. A lot of bulbs can have their wattages increased, but the light output isn't linear when compared to the energy consumed - most of it turns into wasted heat.

That's not even considering the potential for melting the housing or wiring.

For increased visibility I'd go with a HID system (35W) and then additional LED lights (30W x 2) and have a blazing amount of light being put out for less wattage.
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