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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Frustrating headlight question

Here we go. Really like the Versys overall. My complaint currently is with the headlights. Yes, they are properly adjusted! If I don't ride during the day with the bright lights on people are always telling me that I have a headlight bulb burned out. So during the day I ride with the bright lights on to help prevent that. At night I get the same thing. Then when I turn the brights on everyone flashes me till I turn them off or catch myself. You get the idea. Is there a way to illuminate both headlight bulbs day and night so this will stop? Can I just change the bulb that creates the "bright" to a standard bulb or are they the same?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 11:46 AM
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They're the same bulb.

Where a pink fuzzy helmet with a whirly gig on top and they won't notice your headlights.

There are plenty of bikes on the road with a similar configuration, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Yes there is a gizmo that you can wire in to have your high beam at partial power when in the low beam mode & full power when on high...just don't have the google foo to find it
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skene lights makes a unit to do it
use the search tool for the forum and put in high beams and it will lead to the thread that has the link
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So far I've NEVER had anyone "flash" me on my '15 V650 to tell me I have a light out.

"FourTnine" had a recent video on several things we all do, but that are UNSAFE.

Riding w/ the high-beam ON was one of them - it gives 'cages' the sense that you are a car a LONG ways off.
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The DoubleTronics Module provides 40% power to the high beam during normal (low beam) operation (providing more cager visibility), then bumps it to 100% when high beam is selected.
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Topic on the Video... Wave vs. Hand Signal confusion: As to confusing a wave for a hand signal, I don't think there are enough folks around anymore who know (or remember) hand signals for this to be a problem.

Those my age would certainly remember and would have used them, but since hand signals haven't been used on a regular basis in probably 60+- years, I don't think 99.99% of drivers would be prone to confuse a wave for a hand signal.

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In Vancouver and many big cities in the world there are a hell of alot of bicycles on the road. And E- bikes. More and more every day as its the only the decent way to get around with all the traffic.Many young people here dont even bother with cars because of the cost and headaches in the city.On a bicycle hand signals are all we really have,drivers here are up to speed although sometimes I catch a befuddled car driver. Gotta be prepared for that.I vaguely remember in the mid-70s using hand signals on my motorcycle for whatever reason. Gotta take a hand off the handlebars, sometimes a dicey proposition. The odd time I go from my bicycle or my E-bike to motorbike in one day and catch myself doing hand signals on the Kawi! Ive used them in a car with the open driver side window if I had a burned bulb or something,proper driving etiquette. They used to teach it for all driving on roads and hopefully still do....
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<snip> The odd time I go from my bicycle or my E-bike to motorbike in one day and catch myself doing hand signals on the Kawi! Ive used them in a car with the open driver side window if I had a burned bulb or something,proper driving etiquette. They used to teach it for all driving on roads and hopefully still do....
The only hand signal I see around here is not a very friendly one.

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My Yamaha FZ6 was like this. It was a fairly simple mod to have dual low beams, as the high beam bulb was actually a dual-filament H4 bulb, with the low beam just not used.

The much more effective solution which I did was a dual HID projector retrofit.
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