97 1500SE headlight lamp size


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97 1500SE headlight lamp size

Post by furnacedoc » Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:02 pm



Hello, can anyone tell me how large a wattage headlight lamp I can put in on my 97 1500SE. the factory size was 45?45 watt. I bought the bike used a month and a half ago and at night it is hard to see. it seems like on low beam that the lamps produce a circle of light that is very dim in the center so If i am going to replace the lamps I would like to go to a higher wattage lamp with out causing heat or wiring issues. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this? I love my WING.



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Re: 97 1500SE headlight lamp size

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:03 pm

Higher wattage lamp means more heat. Can't get around that, it's basic physics.

That said, go buy a Sylvania Silverstar bulb - make sure it's the Motorcycle version though (the non-Motorcycle automotive bulbs are more susceptible to vibration). They draw the same amount of power, but put out a ton more light.

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Re: 97 1500SE headlight lamp size

Post by furnacedoc » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:03 pm

Hello ,I put a 65/50 in both headlights aprox 6000 miles ago and have not had any heat issues, See ya on the road

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Re: 97 1500SE headlight lamp size

Post by FM-USA » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:04 pm

I used those Sylvania Silverstar Ultra ONCE, never again.
In 10 months time and on a 3-day weekend trip both bulbs burnt out within 3 hours of one-another. Left me in the dark getting back to the campground.
Went back to the regular Sylvania Silverstars. After a year there still doing fine.


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