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gen 3: Are you tired of people telling you a headlight is out?

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People tell me my lights are on but nobody's home...
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Yes! That's why ...double projector, bi-xenon, Angel eyes, LED strips with turning lights function...

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Ill keep my second headlight off. There's a reason that double headlights havnt been a thing since the end of the 90s. Motorcycles were confused with faraway cars and drivers were misjudging how far they were.

If you add lights, you need to do it in a way that breaks the car headlights look.
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I don't have that problem as during daylight hours I always ride with the high beams on.

I don't care what you ride, just ride.
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People tell me my lights are on but nobody's home...
Worse, somebody stole all the furniture!
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Ill keep my second headlight off. There's a reason that double headlights havnt been a thing since the end of the 90s. Motorcycles were confused with faraway cars and drivers were misjudging how far they were.

If you add lights, you need to do it in a way that breaks the car headlights look.
Concours 1400, Goldwing 1800, Triumph Trophy SE, FJR 1300, etc. All have two low beams on.

I add other lights to my commuting and touring bikes to increase conspicuity.
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I only run my low-beam (as well as my Denali DMs) because IF the low-beam bulb 'dies' I can replace it w/ the high-beam bulb.

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I'd probably be tired if I cared at all what some stranger asks about my motorcycle. I've been ignoring the general population for so many years, I just grunt and say it's fine if they can actually get me to respond. Now if they axe me to what value I have my fork preload settings adjusted, then we might have a chat. But where I live, it's Harleys that are ridden the most......on the straightest roads usually. And Harley riders seldom speak to me or ask questions. Just the way it is.
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Concours 1400, Goldwing 1800, Triumph Trophy SE, FJR 1300, etc. All have two low beams on.

I add other lights to my commuting and touring bikes to increase conspicuity.
I'm not too worried about being more conspicuous. Chances are, if they don't see one headlight, they won't see two either as they diddle with their phone. It would be nice to have two just for the extra light. Low beam is pretty much useless on mine.

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I only run my low-beam (as well as my Denali DMs) because IF the low-beam bulb 'dies' I can replace it w/ the high-beam bulb.

My 1977 Yamaha XS750 had a spare headlight bulb and a spare tail light bulb. If the primary blew, the spare would light and an indicator on the instrument cluster would illuminate. That bike had a lot of innovations like that.

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I don't particularly care what other people think either... however, I *am* tired of being told, being flashed, and even pulled over twice, for "having a light out." I've even had other bikers pull up alongside to "let me know..." Usually cruisers that aren't familiar w/ Kawasaki Ninjas and Versys...

This is the first, in a long line, of bikes that has only had a single beam on, in a side by side configuration, and I've *never* had a "head-on recognition issue." So, I think I might look into this...

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...This is the first, in a long line, of bikes that has only had a single beam on, in a side by side configuration, and I've *never* had a "head-on recognition issue." So, I think I might look into this....
BEFORE the V I had a 'Zuki Bandit 1200S w/ the same two light set-up. Never bothered me then, nor does it NOW.

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Only had someone comment on this once, and it hardly bothers me. I do like some of the features of this gadget....

However, this product is not 'plug and play' they include posi-taps, not factory connectors. So it is 'splice and play'; I got excited that maybe it was truly made to be mounted and plugged in and ready to go....

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It doesn't bother me at all. My "07 BMW F800 ST had the same headlight set-up. In the five years I owned the bike, only one person told me I had a headlight out. I've had my Gen III Versys for only eight months, but in that time, no one has told me that one of my headlights is out. So, for me anyway, this isn't enough of an issue to make this particular change.
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I can't hear anyone at 75 mph. I can't even hear my own horn at 75 mph.

Who is trying to tell you your headlamp is out, that's just weird.

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Wanna "play w/ their minds"?

Ask them to gently rap on the side that's OUT, then hit the 'flash-to-pass' when they do.


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I went through a police road block one day and the cop said "you have a headlight out"......I said "look again" and hit high beams and then back to low. He looked at me oddly and I told him one was low beam and the other was high beam. He thought that was "odd" for some reason.
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He thought that was "odd" for some reason.

It is. And I believe it is a dangerous design, generally speaking. A motorcycle should clearly be a motorcycle at night. Twin horizontal headlights close together (high beams) appear to be a car or truck at a distance. Only it is close. An offset low beam headlight can be mistaken for a car with a light out. Neither are good things to have other motorists thinking.

But Im biased, I ride a gen 2 with an ugly but very functional vertical headlight arrangement that will never be mistaken for anything else...

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I installed Signal Dynamics headlight modulator. Low beam flash or solid, high beam solid or modulate w/ solid low. It's like a parting of the Red Sea with modulating high beam when lane splitting, lot of cars pulling left to give room. light sensor to disable at dusk.
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