Modern Headlight


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bruce swaybill
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Modern Headlight

Postby bruce swaybill » Tue May 05, 2015 12:56 pm



I've been looking for a modern style replacement headlight.

My 83 Interstate has what was the state-of-the-art at that time: a smooth parabolic reflector, treated like a mirror, plus a scalloped lens to distribute the parallel reflected light rays from the high and low filaments. The lens and reflector were made from one piece of glass. Heck, an H4 halogen bulb was something to mention in the sales flyers back then….

Modern headlights on current production bikes (and cars) have a perfectly clear, smooth lens and a facetted reflector to produce the patterns. These produce a much better and well defined wide pattern with almost no vertical "waste" light. These are usually all plastic, as the complex reflector can be molded easily, then plated with a mirror like coating.

Anyway, has anyone seen one that would work in our beloved Old Wings? I saw one on eBay with a 35W bulb, but I know some other bikes that have 60W units as the original.

Thanks for the help!
Bruce S.


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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 05, 2015 1:05 pm

If memory serves, the headlight from a VW bus fits the GL1100 headlight as a replacement - and there are modern, aftermarket headlights available for the VW bus, like this: http://www.topgearautosport.com/part/A1 ... e_LED.html



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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby tomos » Sun May 31, 2015 10:14 am

That site also offers beem projector head light.
Wingadm. what do you think how that would work with led H4 bulb?
Zoran

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby Overdog » Sun May 31, 2015 2:57 pm

I bought a late model (not sure which) Harley headlight at a swap meet....had it in the Windjammer on my old BMW, now it's on the wing.....standard 7" H4 headlight

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby RBGERSON » Sun May 31, 2015 5:31 pm

HID?? lots out there..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby SteveB123 » Sun May 31, 2015 7:55 pm

Current:82 GL1100 Interstate, 60 Amp Poorboy, MSD coil
Previous: 93 GSX1100F Katana
82 GL500 Silverwing

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby bruce swaybill » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:31 pm

That is awesome! Just ordered one. I'll let you know what I think ....

Thanks!
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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby gristleheadsgoldwing » Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:32 pm

Well?
What do you think Bruce?
It is as clear as mud now...

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby tomos » Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:38 pm

Hi guys , please do not and I will repeat DO NOT BY THIS HEAD LIGHTS ,I have returned them as quality is absolutely baaaad,no light output , cheep plastic and beam don't work at all !
I am not sorry that I had to pay for return shipping and restocking as product is absolutely worthless . I bought on ebay led head light and it is awesome ,here are some photos ,it does fit in without any problems .
Regards Zoran
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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby bruce swaybill » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:05 am

gristleheadsgoldwing wrote:Well?
What do you think Bruce?


Well, the KC Hilites 7 inch halogen light was about $60 and marginally better at night than the original. Then I tried the KC LED 7 inch headlight (list $ 312, eBay $260) which is literally 'night and day' better. Suddenly, the tunnel vision has been replaced with awesome nighttime vision. I have pictures of the performance of all three and will write a product review next week.

Thanks.
Bruce S.
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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby aznyaz » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:54 am

Tomos, which one are you saying not to get and which one TO get? What is the LED model # you like?

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby Oldbear » Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:12 pm

JW Speaker makes some cool looking units too. And they are DOT and Transport Canada approved.

http://www.jwspeaker.com/products/led-h ... olution-2/
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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby tomos » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:32 am

Sorry for confusion , LED IS WAY TO GO,
Regards Zoran

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby aznyaz » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:35 am

So the one pictured is the one you like? How much$$?

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby tomos » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:41 am

$ 108, eBay, free shipping within USA.

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby bruce swaybill » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:28 pm

I posted my review in the Product Reviews area.

Happy reading....
Have a nice day! :)

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Re: Modern Headlight

Postby aznyaz » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:23 pm

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

MJ




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