Do you know what type of bulbs they used? What wattage & light output (lumens)?a.lee.hagen said:I mounted fog lights on the lower part of the radiator and my battery was drained in like two trips... don't do it.
I got the lamps from a friend and am not entirely sure, sorry I can't help you there.MrSciTrek said:
Yes, the stock low AFAIK is 55W, or about 4 Amps.WPG said:Its not just down the road lighting im seeking, its a broader view of the road im looking for by installing driving lights. One of the twistiest roads around is a national park road called Natchez parkway. its just short of 200 miles between 3 states. Its great to ride for pleasure, plus when travling out of town its the best way back. Need less to say its DARK at night with thick tree line on both sides, deer and other creatures are aways just a chance away from wondering on the road.knightslugger said:I'm not entirely sure why one would need fog/driving lights installed. If you need more light further down the road, adjust your headlight closer to the horizon. the nice thing about the EX500's lighting system is that it produces a wide beam on low. adjust your light to take advantage of that beam! If you get other drivers to flash you constantly, you know you've gone a touch too far. The occasional flash is right where you want it, if not a tad lower.
Are the stock headight bulbs 55watt? i was thinking more of a single light out of a pair that would throw more of a fish eye beam on the road.
Icon MilSpec vest.commuter said:Next project is the improve my visibility from the rear. I am not happy with just a brake light...
Woo-hoo: Dig the physics!exer said:Maybe the best of both worlds. I live in a very foggy area, foothills of Blue Mountain, with lots of deer, so I am picking up one of these. (Not expensive either.)
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Here is a shot of the front with the lamps. I believe that they are not highway legal because of their brightness and the risk to oncoming motorists. They are very bright from the front, even during the day, but I am willing to risk getting pulled over if it improves my safety. Like I mentioned, I have them adjusted low so they don't blind oncoming traffic.TX500ninja said:hey commuter could u post a pick form the front side of the whole bike i am interested to see how it looks all together i like that idea. also how are those not street legal...is it b/c of where u live or b/c its aux. lighting on bikes are not legal. thanks
I like it! I wear a mesh jacket with reflective "Kawasaki" on the back, but the vest would definitely be more noticeable.ShadesOfGray said:Icon MilSpec vest.commuter said:Next project is the improve my visibility from the rear. I am not happy with just a brake light...
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I went out and shot some pictures of what I did. If the link below works, check them out.Royson said:Could you do an as detailed as possible write-up on how you did that? It's still on my project list for the bike too. I'm an idiot with electrics, so please, if you have the time, I'd love to see a simple but detailed write up. Thanks.
Definitely a big improvement over just the headlight. I originally adjusted my stock headlight up, that made a big difference at night. Then I installed a SilverStar bulb, that was a little improvement, I guess I was hoping for more. The additional driving light really lights up the pavement in front of the bike, which will allow me to aim the headlight a little higher. Now I won't feel like I am outrunning my light.ShadesOfGray said:That looks like a neat mod. Is it a big improvement over just having the headlight there, as far as what you can see of the road? (Yeah, I know, I need to adjust my headlight up.)