Part of the problem is that this time of year, it's dark both in the morning when I'm riding to work and when I'm coming home, so good lighting is essential. Especially when you're avoiding black ice, slush, and the usual assortment of idiots on the road.
I saw on here where someone had installed a 5.75" sealed beam LED headlight, and so I figured that since I already did the LED and full DC conversion, I would do the same this time. I have the SIP (Vape) DC ignition, so lots of power output. This seemed like a good way to take advantage of it.
So I looked on Amazon and found this beast, Newest 80W DOT Approved 5-3/4" 5.75" Osram Chips LED Projector Headlight for Motorcycle/Bike(Black).
45W draw on low, 80W draw on high beams, with 4,500 lumens of output. It's almost as good as the lights in your car.
Mounting was relatively straightforward. I threw together some brackets out of aluminum sheeting, drilled and tapped a couple of M4 holes in the cooling fins, then crimped new ends onto the existing lighting wires and I was good-to-go.
The brackets were going to be prototypes, and I still might re-fabricate them with stiffer metal at some point if it doesn't stay properly adjusted, but for now, they're adequate. It's amazing what working in 9f temperatures will do to your quality standards.
The difference is astounding. With the incandescent bulb, I felt basically blind. Now...I expect it will be not so much.
Since it was single-digit temps and there's a bit of snow on the ground, I didn't take it for a spin last night, but I'm reasonably confident that this is going to be a good modification and I'll probably do the same to the Sprint once it's back on the road.
Lookit that beast!
Inaction shot. I swear it's not crooked in real life.
Oncoming low beams