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High beam is unacceptably weak in the 650 - 2022 model.

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Hi there,

Apologies if the subject is already mentioned, but I failed to find anything before posting.
I rode in the night and I found the overall lights of my bike worryingly weak; the high beam is hardly noticeable, not high in angle and not capable of more than 100 m.
The dealership told me that there is nothing wrong with that and suggested not to compare with cars.
I also had installed the fog lights, mostly out of security reasons (to be seen) but the high beam is a strong disappointment.
The installed heated grips along with the fog lights do only allow for 36W consumption out of the also installed 12V outlet.
So I don't know how to compensate for the missing strength as most additional strong lights come to wattages like 60 and 90!

All ideas and comments welcome.

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I've only ridden a couple of times at night and even with my aging eyes considered them adequate.
I don't know if the European spec. is the same as mine.
Compared to the Honda in my shed with a single 7" H4 Sylvania Silverstar Ultra, they seemed both whiter and brighter.

Lighting is very much a personal thing, the above noted Honda originally had a Stanley H4 bulb that seemed like a glow worm to me, but the previous owner thought it was fine.

I typically, trial and error, aim my bike high beams on a deserted flat road at night to suit myself, although I have yet to do that with the Versys. In my experience bike lights are typically aimed low as delivered, probably for legal reasons. I don't worry about the low beam aim unless the cut off is obviously high or causing people to flash lights.
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I'll take you up on the challenge, but it will have to wait to Spring. )-:
I've only been on straight well marked, but unlit roads, I've not tried navigating a winding road at that speed.
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