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Old 04-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bonneville Headlight Replacement

Was told by Brent of Newbonneville.com that the perfect headlight replacement for the Bonneville is the Sylvania H6024 sealed beam halogen unit.

I bought one but have yet to install it as I was able to clean the fogging off of the reflector and the inside of the lens of my original unit using a soft cloth sprayed with Windex poked through the bulb opening.

I'm going to try both the original unit and the Sylvania to see which has the best performance.

The only problem that I can see with the Sylvania bulb is that the parking light function is lost.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And you use the parking light a lot do you ??
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Wider beam

I find the Sylv bulb has a wider beam that covers the road from ditch to ditch.
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And you use the parking light a lot do you ??
Have you noticed what low milage, totally original 100th anniversary model Triumph T100 Bonnevilles have been selling for recently? The point is that this admittedly minor and probably less than useful original feature is lost when the stock headlight is replaced.
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I'm considering the same mod so please keep us informed. Swap on the new one and take a night ride out to Esperanza. That stretch of I 10's beautiful at night...
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Have you noticed what low milage, totally original 100th anniversary model Triumph T100 Bonnevilles have been selling for recently? The point is that this admittedly minor and probably less than useful original feature is lost when the stock headlight is replaced.
Sounds like you need to shelve whatever take offs you have in a box for reinstallation down the road. This is clearly an improvement you can make that is totally reversible...you shouldn't let something like giving up a function that is not used (e.g. parking light) in order to vastly improve a function that you do use.

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The "parking light" is useless. I think it's in there to comply with a European safety requirement, just as the side reflectors are there to comply with US requirements.

I unplugged the parking light and stuffed the connector in the headlight shell when I replaced the headlight with a Hella. I saved the parking light and its connector in case I ever want to use the connector to power an accessory, not likely. In any case, I can easily put it back to original, not that I can imagine a reason to do so.

Let us know what you think of the Sylvania. Not everyone likes it.
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I tried several different bulbs and found that the real culprit was the cheap plastic stock reflector. Once I installed a Cibie reflector the Sylvania was a good match.
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I tried several different bulbs and found that the real culprit was the cheap plastic stock reflector. Once I installed a Cibie reflector the Sylvania was a good match.
I'm sure you are correct re the reflector. My T100 came with an H4 bulb, and the headlight was really bad. On the other hand, my W650 also came with an H4 bulb, and the headlight was excellent. I now run a 6024 on the T100. Much better than the stock setup. Do keep in mind that the 6024 is an automobile headlight, and the lens isn't designed to provide more light to the right side of the road (USA) as are lights with lenses specifically designed for motorcycles.

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Sylvania 6024XV

I replaced the reflector & bulb with the Sylvania 6024XV sealed beam. I find it sheds more light on the road when I ride with friends that have stock. Yes you loose the parking light, but in Canada it is not required. Small price to pay to get better night vision.

From the site:

"Sylvania XtraVision 65-Watt High Performance Halogen Headlight delivers three times more foreground illumination which is designed to create up to 20% more strong illumination and increasing down road visibility with no added glare. It adds 850 hour of a higher wattage light source which is twice the standard sealed beam. This sealed beam project more uniform beam pattern thereby helps to evident better at night which enhances driving safety. This XtraVision headlight been designed for maximum durability and performance."

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