Over on DRriders, I’d seen a LED headlight mod by n2o2diver, without even seeing the headlights I knew they’d be crap, so I followed his lead and bought his suggestion for headlights.
This is where the problem began, the seller or manufacturer had changed the design a little. In his write up he had made substantial modifications to the headlight mount, I sat down and figured a way to use the LED and if for any reason you wanted to you could still use the same housing and return to stock…with his version you can’t
Take your headlight apart and remove the mount, have the adjuster screws facing the back of the bike instead of the front. and bend the original mounting tab up out of the way.
take some angle and mount it on the (new) top with a couple of bolts
and that one bolt in the middle will mount to the ‘new’ headlight mount bar – this is where the difference is in the new light design
now mount it as normal and remove the springs from the adjuster screws then screw them all the way in until they hit the light body and make your adjustment, the light is mounted and is rock solid
To fit the surround you need to make two small cuts on the inside for it to fit over the angle that you added
and there you go new headlight
its a plug and play so you low and high beam work as normal, no having to play with wiring
A lot more light for $18
After this a little test, Watts = Amps x Volts for reference – I’ll use 12.5 volts as my reference number
stock light on low beam 4.12 amps or 51.5 watts
high beam stock light 4.56 amps or 57 watts…this bike had a 55/60 bulb
new LED low beam 0.89 amps or 11.125 watts
new LED on high beam 1.60 amps or 20 watts
and to take it one step further I added a 2000 lumen LED light bar to the high beam (both on full) 2.02 amps or 25.25
…so a gain of 31.75 watts, those heated grips or heated seat or heated jacket look like a much more viable option now don’t they without having to do a stator upgrade?
I’ll do a night time light set up once the bikes are done, but from a little further back it looks like this
As I was up front I added a tug strap to help with those moments when the bike takes a nap and isn’t easy to pick up