California laws regarding headlights and auxiliary lights

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  1. JimVonBaden

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    It isn't by pairs. The headlight consists of two lights, low and high beam. The parking light doesn't count.
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    Totally true, but that wasn't what the OP faced.
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  3. upsscott

    upsscott Been here awhile

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    It’s funny because I’ve never been hassled on my 1200r. IMG_1324.JPG
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    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    You may want to get that black beauty back... :D
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  5. DRONE

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    I run with Rigid D4's, not Denali D4's, but yeah totally NOT compliant -- I run them with amber covers and I point them down pretty low so that really they only act as conspicuity lights. Never been stopped but when it happens I will just nod and smile, nod and smile because even though they are not causing a problem for ANYBODY, they are definitely not compliant.

    Here's a pic of my D4's blinding the camera--

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  6. upsscott

    upsscott Been here awhile

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    Don’t I know it.
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  7. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Maybe after you sort out your knee operation you can revisit if feasible or not... :beer
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  8. upsscott

    upsscott Been here awhile

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    Possibly but not likely. That bike served me well for a lot of years but man this GS is much more comfy.
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  9. Some Beach

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    There are lots of dumb people and some of them become cops and like to harass tax payers. You met one and challenged him; good for you. More people need to challenge these idiots but it requires knowing your constitutional rights while using patience and tact. Sadly, most people don't know their 4th amendment from their 1st. Everyone seems to know their 2nd :lol3.
    I've worked with many of these dumb dicks over the years and you have my apology and respect @upsscott.
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  10. upsscott

    upsscott Been here awhile

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    Thank you and honestly I respect the hell out of our Highway Patrol. They do a fantastic job. I’ve only had one other bad run in with a super trooper and that time I challenged him in court and I came out on top. He should have calibrated his radar that day.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    Wait, which part of the constitution covers the number of lights you can have? :dunno
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  12. paulhdick

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    Hi Jim,

    Actually in California the “headlamps” can be white or yellow. This applies to car and motorcycles since about 2012. It is part of CVC 25950 which is color of lamps. I have all yellow on my GS and my SUV. I keep the code with me in both vehicles, and have been pulled over a few times about them. Able to get off without warning in all cases. Since about 2016 pretty much stopped getting pulled over ...

    The hilarious part is ORV motorcycles must be white, and not yellow.
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  13. Some Beach

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    The part where a peace officer is allowed to stop you in the first place, whatever the reason. It's a seizure sir. In the good ol' USA cops make up all kind of screwy reasons why they might stop someone but you still have your 4th amendment rights.
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  14. DRONE

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    @upsscott , I notice that no one has responded to the other question you posed so subtly in Post #1, but it did not escape my notice. Here ya go--

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    You decide.
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    A friend of mine was driving his Dodge Ramcharger up in the mountains one afternoon with his KC Hi Lites turned off but didn't have the covers on and got a ticket from a weinerhead cop. Meanwhile, there are criminals running around drinking soda from plastic straws and they do nothing.
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  16. Phoenix101

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    exactly the same set up I have
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    I have heard that the motorcycle safety course recommends using your high beams during daylight hours for conspicuity. On my 2016 r1200gs with led headlights and Clearwater Darla's high beams are plenty bright in daylight, but certainly not blinding.
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  18. jolly green giant

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    In Europe, and I stand to be corrected, it is illegal to modify an original headlight/ headlamp.
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  19. hubbydubby

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    In the U.K., it is an annual test failure to replace standard halogen bulbs with HID lighting in the main lamps.
    Albeit people complained of the poor standard illumination of the OEM.
    True to say that the more lights on-board, the more adventurous one looks on the road.
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  20. upsscott

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    First off, my headlight is stock. Second, I had a girl that was too busy texting, turn in front of me and I couldn’t avoid hitting her. I escaped injury but my BMW wasn’t so lucky. I had Denali lights at that time and her first response was that she didn’t see me. I’m not in this to “Look adventurous.”
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