Headlights


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willemrita
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Headlights

Postby willemrita » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:23 pm



Howdy Folks. How ye all doing. Does that sound Texan or what from out of Africa. I have a little problem with my headlights. The beam on the high or bright beam is exelant. Problem is on dims I cannot see 20 paces infront of me. Because the dimm light (beam) is so low I found going round corners a little difficult. Is there anyway to "up" the dim beam wihout setting the brite of high beam to high.
I also found on the Asp there are to less light in the cockpit making it difficult to use the handlebar switches. Today I decided to fix a led string (blue)to each handlebar, Perfect. As soon as the installation is compledted over the weekend I will try and post a pic.
Rubber side down please wingers.



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Re: Headlights

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:47 am

Howdy to you too. However ya'll is the proper pronunciation and spelling down in Texas. Just funnin with ya. lol
The headlights are only adjustable as a pair with the knob on the left side of the fairing. No separate adjustment. Best bet is to convert to HID lights if they are legal in Namibia. They make a big difference. Help you to see those lions better.
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Re: Headlights

Postby willemrita » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:03 am

Dingdong
You got me. Just imagine I drove through Aklohoma City last year in September and now I am planning to do a round tour through South Africa starting 1 Sept. The same bike.
Thanks for the responce. I'll definitely have to look in going that way because the dims on my bike is life treatening.
Have a nice weekend.
It is not the lions we are worried about, it is those warthogs. Pesty little gritters coming out of the grass from nowhere and is as hard as a rock.

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willemrita
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Re: Headlights

Postby willemrita » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:04 am

Soory : Oklahoma City/ Hahahaha

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Re: Headlights

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:19 pm

Not sure if that's a European or US model or if someone has changed to the late style headlight so the below may or may not apply.

If you are using normal automotive H-4 headlight bulb and you have the later model lens, you need to also use some shims. From CycleMax website, "These laser cut stainless steel shims allow you to use aftermarket H-4 halogen bulbs in your 1998-2000 style GL1500 headlight without any alignment problems. These will be required with the 60/55 Watt bulbs that are sold on this page. The 1988-1997 style headlight does not require these shims to use aftermarket bulbs."

Otherwise I would suggest adjusting the bulb up so the low beam is useful and see if the high beam is too high. The manual on this webpage should tell about the adjustment. A new set of bulbs may also be needed. Last suggestion - check battery voltage. May not be the lights that are giving the problems.


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