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« on: January 12, 2017, 11:09:31 AM »

Has anyone actually converted to their bike to LED headlights? I see a lot of debate about watts, amps, color, etc. Mostly barroom BS. But find someone who actually did it? Not so far...
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 11:17:53 AM »

Please keep in mind that while the light may be
brighter and whiter, the reflectors it will be installed
in were designed for halogen bulbs.
So while that bright diffuse light may be impressive
in the garage, out on the road it may be much less so.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 11:47:09 AM »

While I have not done it several riders I ride with have. 2 years ago we did a light comparison across a field to a tree line. I would say the reach was about the same, but looking at the bikes front on the LED was much brighter to on coming traffic.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 01:38:50 PM »

While obviously I want the results to beat the stock output, I'm not looking to blister the paint of the car in front of me. As long as I get a marked improvement over stock, my primary concern is extended life and no delay while an HID lamp warms up.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 03:24:40 PM »

If you can follow it, there are some big discussions on ST-Owners for LEDs on an ST1300...

http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?149590-New-G6-H4-with-SHIELD-is-now-availible-no-glare-no-scatter

http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?156117-So-which-LED-for-my-1300
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 06:50:55 PM »

Very encouraging but... I have yet to find anyone who's installed any LED in a K1200RS. Every bike is different, as the ST thread shows, as the AdvRider threads shows. The RS H3 high beam has an oddball socket arrangement which precludes any lamp that has structure past where an H3 would end. I ground the socket on my RS to make the HID H3 fit, and still think it's mostly a kludge. It works but I'm not 100% sure I know why.

Oddly, H7's aren't hard to come by, but... H3 high beams seem to trending towards hens' teeth. I've found a few at significantly lower output than the H7 low beam.  Headscratch
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