Main Motorcycle: 2010 Honda VFR 1200F
Join Date: May 2009
Location: North of Chicago
Other Motorcycle: 2003 Aprilia Tuono
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I dismantled my headlamp and replaced the two stock dip beam projectors with replacement Hi/Lo projectors together with HIDs. These projectors have a solenoid in them that moves the cut-off shield down when switching to high beam, therfore giving you 3 main beam lamps, 2 of which are HID.
The main beam is now really impressive but although dip beam has a lot better spread of light and is way brighter than standard, the problem of the cut-off when leaning into a corner is still there. Still, I'm really pleased with the outcome and just ride a bit slower in the twisties at night (not a bad thing anyway)
I use a 35w HID hi-beam. For my use it's a great way to go (for great light, going straight ahead). I would only recommend this route if you live/ride in mostly rural areas where you can leave the hi-beam on mile after mile. The long re-lite time after dipping the hi-beam in urban settings is a problem with the HID.
That said, look at the PIAA 004XT 35w(also comes in 55w) aux. light. Cost is about $125 a set W/ sw. and relay on eBay.
I mounted a pair of these under the front cowl on my K1200RS. We don't have the room to do this on the Sprint, but it's still a nice light.
And you are on the right track, the higher on the motorcycle you can mount aux. lighting the better.
Not sure what the comment in your first post of this thread meant, but here goes anyway.
Fork or fender mount lights will not address your concern re road lighting while turning. Depending on the turn direction, the inner light will be aimed towards the ground, about a foot or so in front, and the outer light will be in possum hunting mode.
I used to run caliper mounted MotoLights for daytime visibility. I rarely turned them on at night because they were of no use in anything but a very slow turn.
I expect that a fairing mount will be the only lighting arrangement that will illuminate your direction of travel when leaning into a turn, or at least will be better than the stock lights or fork mounted units.
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