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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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12 months, 9500 miles, 2 halogen headlight bulbs.

The first halogen headlight bulb in my 2018 Bonne T120 lasted for 6 months. The second burned out after 6 months too. I’ll add that both burned out at very inconvenient times. That, combined with the fact that the factory headlamp was far less than satisfactory galvanized me into action this Tuesday and this is how I took care of that problem:

I put a JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2 Dual Burn LED lamp (part # 0554961) in the stock bucket. The lamp cost $299.80 and a Triumph 7” Headlight Adapter Ring from Motodemic cost $145.73 (both prices include all tax, shipping, etc. Total cost was $445.53 and I had everything in my possession just two days after I pulled the trigger.

And boy howdy is it bright. I chose this particular lamp because i like the looks of it and it’s a higher wattage lamp than almost all the others. That said, it’s still 15+ watts less than the stock halogen bulb.

No, it’s not an adaptive lamp, but the beam pattern is a whole lot wider than the stock pattern. And the high beam is like a flame thrower.

Both photos below were taken in the shade on a sunny day.

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An excellent move that you will not regret. I have motodemic JD speaker lamps on both of my bikes. What a difference it makes.

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I like that you went with the chrome inner bezel. It somewhat diffuses the "Blade Runner" look of the lamp.

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That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t go with a Motodemic lamp. They only offer their Evo S non-adaptive lamp in black and graphite (gray) and that was a deal breaker for me. Additionally, the JW Speaker 8700 is a higher wattage lamp than the Motodemic Evo S. The Evo S has a slightly wider low beam pattern, but the 8700 is still a hell of a lot wider than any halogen lamp.

Finally, the Motodemic lamps just look too busy to me. Yeah, the 8700 looks space age, but it’s more subtle.
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If I could get the DRL equipped unit with the chrome bezel I'd make the swap. I doubt JW Speaker would sell the ECE compliant model (right hand traffic) to someone stateside but I'll ask.

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If I could get the DRL equipped unit with the chrome bezel I'd make the swap. I doubt JW Speaker would sell the ECE compliant model (right hand traffic) to someone stateside but I'll ask.
The ECE models are LEFT-hand traffic. The DOT/ECE models are RIGHT-hand traffic. The LH/RH difference only affects the low beam and is very slight (the light pattern is almost symmetrical).

I didn't care whether the 8700 I bought had DRL or not. The headlight on my bike is always on if the key is on and the only way you could see the DRL illumination in the OEM lamp was if I turned the switch all the way past the fork lock position into the parking lights position (or the main headlamp bulb burned out). Otherwise, the DRL/parking light function was, for all practical purposes, invisible.

Ok, I guess I should be thankful that the OEM lamp had that DRL feature when those halogen bulbs burned out, but I don't expect that to happen with the new LED lamp.

The Jeep version (Evo J2) is DOT and has the DRL feature, but as you noted it isn't available with the chrome bezel.

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I too had a light burn out at a time that felt early on my Thruxton, and yes I understand these things happen. It's an anecdote until there's data that suggests a pattern. The guy at the parts counter made the uncontroversial observation that these things happen if you source things like lightbulbs at the cheapest possible source...without getting into geo economics or saying things that get out of control on the internet.

I just replaced the bulb, but PGR, if one left turning motorist sees you who wouldn't have otherwise, that's a damn good use of 445 bucks!

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Here are a few photos of the light pattern that the JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2 Dual Burn LED lamp puts out. The first two are low beam and high beam shining against a wall behind the local Albertson's store. The bike was about 30 feet from the wall and the light pattern actually spreads quite a ways past the left and right edge of the photos. The 3rd and 4th are shining down a reasonably dark street near my house. The street was lit by some widely-spaced street lights too, but it was still fairly dark there.

It's too bad that I don't have before & after photos, but I can assure you that the LED headlight puts out a whole lot more light than the halogen light did and the color temperature is noticeably whiter. The photos really don't do that justice.

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By the way, the photo below is the low beam photo cropped to show the beam's hot spot. This is a right-hand traffic lamp and you can see that the top of the hot spot slopes down from right to left which, if the headlamp is adjusted correctly, will help prevent the beam from shining in oncoming drivers' eyes. If this was a left-hand traffic lamp the slope would go the other way.

And note that the high-beam pattern doesn't have the slope.

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I just replaced the bulb, but PGR, if one left turning motorist sees you who wouldn't have otherwise, that's a damn good use of 445 bucks!
I would never downplay the importance of being seen, but my impetus for spending the money was equally driven by how much better I'd be able to see.

And so it is.

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