Main Motorcycle: 2014 Scram "The Crow"
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Other Motorcycle: 98 Honda Valkyrie
I've ridden a number of times now at night with the new PIAA H4 bulb, and I have to say it is excellent. On low beam I illuminate signs 100 / 150 yards down the road and on high beam its incredibly bright - I get nothing but annoyance flashes from motorists if I have it on. I've ridden half a dozen cruisers this year, and ONLY rode with the high beam on because the lights were so crappy. I don't feel the same way at all with the Tbird, now that I've simply swapped out the bulb.
I have ordered Motolights and will install them on the front calipers when they arrive, just to 'be seen'. I don't have any illusions that they will actually light up the road ... maybe a bit to the left and right, but not at any distance.
I have to say that even tonight, as I rode in the dusk and then the dark, I'm very happy with the bulb swap I did.
I'm not sure why you would have to change the whole light assembly to get better results.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?