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I've not owned my Versys 300x long and noticed the factory light bulbs are not the best. I have replaced the four blinkers 194 bulbs with brighter LEDs and the needed LED blinker/relay under the seat. So that is done. The next update desired is the headlight. The headlight from what I've been able to learn is the inexpensive Halogen standard bulb. Has anyone replaced the headlight with either a higher performance (still 55/60 watt) Halogen bulb or better yet a LED H4 9003 bulb ?
Related - I've added a Givi tail luggage B47 along with the tail light break light kit and that really updated the break light output in the back of the bike so I'm good with the back end of bike.
 

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Does an LED replacement headlight bulb retain the cut off pattern so you are not blinding oncoming traffic? My new Mazda CX-30 has LED headlights and they are so bright that if I am on a slight rise when approaching cars they flash their high beams at me. The cut off is distinct but only works well if oncoming traffic is in the same plane as my car.
 

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Does an LED replacement headlight bulb retain the cut off pattern so you are not blinding oncoming traffic? My new Mazda CX-30 has LED headlights and they are so bright that if I am on a slight rise when approaching cars they flash their high beams at me. The cut off is distinct but only works well if oncoming traffic is in the same plane as my car.
Thanks Kris for your post. I'll check that out. I'm on a steep learning curve on this topic.

Twowheeladdict - your response - my input so far -
In the research I've done this week in sorting this out the LED H4 9003 are designed to reproduce the light pattern of the old Halogen equivalent. The Halogen has a solid plate or mask at the end so no light is emitted out the top of the bulb. The LED bulbs has a panel where the light is emitted only to the sides also. The LED goes so far as to replicate the low beam out one side of the panel and the high beam positioned above and on the other side of the panel just like the Halogen.
I agree the new LED and before them the HD (high discharge) light bulbs are so bright that any elevation or humps in the road and the on coming cars are toast.
Yesterday after reading some intel here I purchased a top of the line Sylvania Ultra Halogen bulb and put it in the Versys 300x and it made a difference as expected. The Kawasaki factory bulb is the lowest cost cheapest thing I've ever seen. There is a better output of light for sure in the Sylvania Bulb. Good use of $29. And from reading here and elsewhere you can replace the bulb without removing all the plastic and headlight assembly which saved me probably two hours of labor. You can get to it (barely) by going up from the left side of the bike with the handle bars pointed to the left to open up a channel to get your right hand to the existing connector, then large rubber doughnut, then the wire loop/spring, then remove the old bulb. Then reverse it all. The only thing is you are doing all this blind. You can't see a thing and it is all be feel. But as I proved yesterday it can be done quick. There are videos on Youtube that show H4 bulb replacements on vehicles to see it being done. That helped especially with the wire loop/spring.
There isn't much space in the area where the headlight is (steel bar is right there) and there may not be room for the some of the LED bulbs designs as they all seem to have a large base that sticks out. (Thank you Kris for your link above on a unit that doesn't have a large base) You will definitely need to dismantle the whole front end of the bike to even try a large base ( with the large array of fins) LED bulb.
 

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when fitting LED, in most cases, one has to adjust the hight of the beam. there are two screws at the back of the headlight which one has to turn left or right. not so easily done.
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when fitting LED, in most cases, one has to adjust the hight of the beam. there are two screws at the back of the headlight which one has to turn left or right. not so easily done. View attachment 183206
Kris - that is helpful. I am planning on trying the LED headlight and have one on order from the link. Also I'll add the USB charger in the space provided in the dash on the left side. This will require all the faring and plastic to come off again. The headlight adjustment will be done then hopefully all with one disassembly of all the plastic/faring.
 

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I installed the Cyclops H7 in my V650, both high and low beams. Daytime difference is amazing. I haven't ridden at night yet and am sure they need to be adjusted. Here is a link to the H4. I urge caution when purchasing any LED from Amazon. Quality and design are suspect. Vast majority are very cheap Chinese garbage.

 

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almost all is made in China. I have good experience with the Amazon's bulbs. On the other hand, in the past I got bulbs from Cyclopsadventure... and they sucked. the base was made from plastic and it was getting damaged. additionally, one bulb just burned inside the headlamp housing very quickly. and they are expensive.
 

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Make sure your LED light is DOT approved. Many replacement bulbs are not. The reflectors behind your headlights are designed to gather and reflect light from where the halogen filaments are located. Unless the LEDs are placed so they copy this placement the light will not project properly. Not only will it annoy/blind other drivers, it often produces a lot of light just in front of the bike/car reducing your overall night vision. This can affect whether you see potential problems at a safe enough distance to avoid them. I did a study and read a lot of papers on the subject when LED lights first hit the market. People were just stuffing them in everything. I believe DOT rules were that if the reflector/bulb were not designed to exactly project the light in the DOT approved manner, they were not legal for street use. It is the same reason you will find labels on aftermarket driving/fog lights that say NOT FOR HIGHWAY USE. I know police officers that will pullover and ticket drivers for having lights that don't shine in the right places, or that are too bright. I'm all for brighter lights, but let's do it safely.
 

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I got impatient and went ahead and installed the LED Headlight that was ordered. It is exactly what is desired - brighter - whiter and the pattern is 1 to 1 with the halogen equivalent. The link above is for two bulbs and is $42. I just wanted one so I bought the single pack of one bulb for $20. It is marketed as a motorcycle bulb but the pictures all look the same between the 2 pack and the motorcycle single. I road tested it needed no adjustment in the Versys X-300. On bright it throws light out past 300 feet. The best part it fits without taking the flaring and plastic off. Above I talk about how to do that from the left and from underneath. This was the second time I swapped bulbs ( from stock to the Sylvania Halogen to the ‎AUXITO H4/9003 LED bulb). So I'm done with most of the bike going to all LED. The only thing left are the two small light bulbs that are inside the headlight assembly (one left and one right of the headlight its self). Those two remaining look bad compared to all the rest. I will leave links here for all the bulbs.
Headlight: ‎Amazon.com: AUXITO H4 LED Headlight Bulb Motorcycle, 9003 HB2 LED Light 6000K White for High and Low Hi/Lo Beam 1860 CSP LED Chips, Pack of 1: Automotive
Taillight (I chose white and it looks great): Amazon.com: AUXLIGHT 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D 1400 Lumens Super Bright Low Power LED Light Bulbs Replacements for Back Up Reverse Lights and Tail Brake Stop Parking Lights, 6000K Xenon White (Pack of 2): Automotive
Blinkers : ( must choose Amber ): Amazon.com: AUXITO 194 LED Light Bulb, Amber Yellow 168 2825 W5W T10 Wedge 24-SMD 3014 Chipsets LED Replacement Bulbs for Car Dome Map License Plate Lights (Pack of 10): Automotive
Blinkers will need new relay(under the seat on the left): Amazon.com: Motorcycle LED Relay, Turn Signal Flasher Relay, 2 Pin Motorcycle LED Indicator Flasher Relay Fix for Turn Signal, Hyper Flashing, Blinker LED Light: Automotive

Also have a Givi B47 top case in the back with the break light kit (sounds big with its rated 47 liters but can't even see it in the mirrors) -
Givi B47: Amazon.com: GIVI B47NML Top Case: Automotive
Givi brake light kit: Amazon.com: Givi E126 Stop Light Kit For B37/B47 Top Cases: Automotive
This really lights up the back end of the bike.
This will jump start anyone wanting to change over to LED.
Everything is much brighter than stock. Be safe and be seen.
Now for the Semi-truck air horn. lol
Dave
 
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