My BRP needs a better headlight!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Keith, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    I'm running a supermoto setup on my pig. Commuting at night isn't fun with the Acerbis Cyclops headlight I have on it right now.

    I have a 7" HID that I'd like to put on, but am pretty sure everyone in their right mind would be flashing their highbeams at me.

    I'd kinda like to do something like the dual 8" baja style headlights. Could a pair of round 55/60 6.5" halogens do the trick?

    I guess the better question would be: What do you guys use and like for your thumper? And how does it work at 75/80mph on the freeway?
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  2. cevquit

    cevquit maphead

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    BD dual 4" halogens with a flood for the low and a spot for the high is what Im running on my LC4
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  3. turbo_bird

    turbo_bird I'd rather be riding.

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    I'm building a setup for my 650R using a pair of 4" tractor lights from NAPA. It will be similar to the BD setup with the frame around the lights, but I might build another one without the guard if I don't like the way it looks. I will be using a 80 watt spot and a 50 watt flood for hi/lo beam.
    Kristian
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  4. collie man

    collie man mo fire!!

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    i am running 2 hid lights on my 640 adv...you can buy just the bulb and ballast and continue to use your existing housing.I ran my for 3800 miles of dirt on the tat .i had to make a buffer ballast holder for jumping etc,but they have been solid and good to me... check em out ,xenon link.com i think...numerous bulbs to choose from..good luck
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  5. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    You are running those in the 50mm projectors that come stock with the 640A, right?
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  6. bimotakid

    bimotakid Adventurer

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    If you like the Baja dual headlight look, I would recommend Baja Design's set up. I purchased a set for my XR. The halogen halogen type works very well... They are much cheaper than the HID's. I have used them on the street and trail and really like the look and function. Note that you will be adding an extra 12 lbs, as they attach to the forks legs. My next project is to have a bracket welded on to the frame, mounting these beauties off the frame, will allow transferring the weight from the steering to the frame. :jose
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  7. STFU

    STFU Found

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    I have a single Baja Designs 8" Halogen and Im very happy with it. Im still running the 55W bulb but its been enough for on road riding at night and the tight new england trails. I can see needing more light for full speed desert running, but like I said, its been fine for road riding for me.
    Its nice that you can adjust it while moving too. I usualy just tweek it down if itlooks like Im blinding on coming drivers.
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  8. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    +1 on the single 8" light from either Baja Designs or Trailtech. Just adjust on the fly so your not blinding anyone.

    Here's my 8" Trailtech unit.

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    Hodakaguy
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  9. Texspeleo

    Texspeleo Opportunivore

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    I'm going Trailtech on my upcoming XC-W project.

    Cheers----Chris
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  10. husky123

    husky123 Long timer

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    Here's a few of my setup, 8" halogen from TT:

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    And my daytime running light guard.:D

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  11. New Trick

    New Trick A guy that likes to ride

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    I've been running the Trailtech 8" halogen. It works quite well. When riding with a pack, I'm always put up front. Very reasonably priced also. Got the stator rewind to 250 w. Plenty of power for this light.

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  12. Stevevh

    Stevevh Kudu Driver

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    I have been running the 8inch Trailtech for over 2 years now and it has been a great light. My only complaint is with the lack of any sealing on the rear of the light, so water and dust can get in. The stock rubber boot worked good as a replacement though. My brother has inherited it for his Husky as I am going for a different look altogether!!!:wink:

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  13. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    Well, hell. I'll try this 7" HID that I have.
    If'n that doesn't work, I'll check out the trailtech or B.D. 8" setup.

    Thanks guys.
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  14. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Sweeet bike. Jim
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  15. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Ha Huskey123,

    thanks again for the help with the rear fender tool bag. I've been testing for LA/Barstow/Vegas and it is still holding on. I used their front number plate bag for mounting on top of my 8" B.D. light for light stuff and it works great.

    Take care and thanks again for the help. Jim
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  16. husky123

    husky123 Long timer

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    Jim,

    No problem! I knew you'd like that bag. It takes a beating!
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  17. FOCKER

    FOCKER Northwest Adventure Rider

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    New Trick,

    Is this your BRP? What kind of turn signals are those?

    Thanks!
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  18. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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  19. eltonw

    eltonw n00b

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    I have the same setup with Acerbis Sahara tank and 8" trailtech headlight and was wondering what windshield is that and where can one source them?

    Thanks -
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