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3 years 7 months ago #463 by dica9
Hi, looking for a nice quality headlight bulb with great visibility. Any recommendations? Thinking about LED's. Looking at the H4 R3 LED headlight from advmonster.com

This is for a 1984 R65.

Thank you.

Joe

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3 years 7 months ago #466 by 8166
Check reviews on Amazon.com before you buy. Results seem highly dependent on the shape of the headlight and reflector, similar to the situation with HID retrofit bulbs.

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3 years 6 months ago #560 by 13440
Replied by 13440 on topic Recommendation for new headlight bulb/LED
I upgraded my wattage-challenged '94 R100GS with an LED headlight last winter. I choose a 3800-lumen H4 bulb from Cyclops Adventure Sports.
www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/3800-Lume...ight-bulb-_p_83.html
That's more than double the lumens of a stock H4, and nearly double the lumens of the illegal 130/90 watt bulb I was running. The Cyclops bulb was not the cheapest, but the LED emitters are placed as close to the original H4 bulb filament locations as possible so the hi/low beam spreads are still accurate. In other words, there's still a low-beam cutoff so you don't blind oncoming drivers. The wattage of the LED lamp is 40/20 watts. So twice the lumens, one quarter the wattage. Gotta love that on a bike that delivers 200 watts of charging! So far I'm quite pleased with the upgrade.
I have good nighttime before and after pix, but even reduced to a mere 187KB this website is saying it's too big. Grrrr... Email me directly if you want the comparison pix. <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
-Doug Pratt
'94 R100GS (40k miles)
'85 K100 (160k miles)

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3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago #566 by Wobbly
Replied by Wobbly on topic Recommendation for new headlight bulb/LED
Funny you should ask. I'm on a motorcycle camping trip with 30 of my closest Brit bike pals and just last night one of the team brought out a new LED headlamp that NAPA sells by Truck-Lite, and installed it in a bike. (This was a 7" sealed beam unit with a 4" pigtail.) Test rides ensued, and everyone agreed the spread was perfect for motorcycles and the depth was approaching 100 yards. The last time I saw a lamp that bright was in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. All that was missing was the 5 musical tones !!

The most interesting thing for me was that this HL did not have any heat sink protruding from the rear of the unit. Power consumption was equivalent of a 45W incandescent. Not sure about 8" sizes, but everything else was quite appealing.

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3 years 6 months ago #567 by 6920
I can't speak to replacing the headlight bulb on my airhead, but i bought the newest H4 LED upgrade from ADVmonster for my wife's R1150R headlight at this years GA Mtn rally. So far (less than 1000 miles), it has been the bees knees. I am seriously thinking about putting the same one in my '77 R100S.

sdc

'77 R100RS (but now an S), '92 R100RT

Love them old girls....

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3 years 6 months ago #656 by GAstagehand
Replied by GAstagehand on topic Recommendation for new headlight bulb/LED
I just installed a kit from superbrightleds.com. It took five minutes to install, it was only $40, and it's like looking into a mig welder (very bright).

www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/motorcy...1/6195/#/tab/Reviews

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