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driving lights

Postby tattoo » Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:27 am



I have a 2012 goldwing, whats the best brand and size of driving lights I can mount on this bike and brightest for seeing very far down the road. I'm not talking about adding them in the driving light spots, I already have that set in I'm wanting real power, very bright. Thank you.



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Re: driving lights

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:26 am

I'm convinced that the best thing for seeing down the road is converting to HID headlights.
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Re: driving lights

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:34 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I'm convinced that the best thing for seeing down the road is converting to HID headlights.


I have to agree. HID headlights light up the night brighter than any driving light.

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Re: driving lights

Postby MikeB » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:30 pm

However, if you are interested in some really bright lights at low current, look into LED driving lights.
I found these on Ebay:

I mounted them under the mirrors on my 2003 GL1800:

I made my own mounting bolts using a 5mm and a 6mm socket head bolt welded together:

This is what they look like:

I installed these before I had the HID lights. They really improved the forward visibility when I was using the Halogen headlight bulbs..
Now that I have the HID's, they are hardly noticeable when they are on.
As WingAdmin says, going to HID would be the best way to go if you are looking to improve the lighting and have it plug and play.
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Re: driving lights

Postby NKYWinger » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:33 pm

PIAA 1100X kit for a GL1800. They, in conjunction with HID low beams will light your path.


Driving lights:
http://www.powersportsplace.com/parts/p ... ApsG8P8HAQ

HID low beams:
http://www.socalmotogear.com/GL1800-F6B ... p/gl18.htm

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Re: driving lights

Postby MikeB » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:12 pm

Dang, for that price, they should be able to burn an eternal hole in the darkness.
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Re: driving lights

Postby NKYWinger » Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:56 pm

Mike-
I agree! That's what I got them used, from GL1800riders.com; I only gave $75 for them. I wired them up with a relay and a separate switch - anything to keep the cagers from saying "...but officer, I didn't see him..."
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Re: driving lights

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:43 am

Here's what I did --
Wal*mart - Burners Brand lights -- 55 watts each side - switched & relay installation on my 2002
The lower lights are LED through the cowl lights
So far these have traveled about 8500 miles this year and all is well :)






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Re: driving lights

Postby Fastfreddy » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:48 pm

They sure can't say they didn't see you coming. Me likely.

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Re: driving lights

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:57 pm

Since statistics show, over and over, most motorcycle collisions are from the front, I want to ensure that I have the best chance of being seen!


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