Kawasaki did a funky thing with the 2nd generation KLR. They did indeed bump up the stator an additional 36 watts but they also added an additional high beam headlight. So if you are not using the highbeam you have the extra 36 watts. The highbeam consumes an additional 55 watts
so you are actually down 19 watts while using the highbeam from what a gen 1 KLR would have. With that said the gen 2's have enough power to run 110 watts of lighting just don't run the highbeam as well or you will be sucking power off the battery. Walmart has some decent kits for cheap. Here are the lights I put on my 05 just for a visual reference. Both lights are angled out slightly to give me more road coverage. These actually put out a good light pattern. I tried a different set of fog lamps and the pattern was only 30 or 40 ft long.
Thanks for that info, SLO-KLR. I hadn't thought of that. I usually have my high beam on during the day. I've noted there's a pretty good difference in "reach" between the hi and lo at night, but for my intended use of these lights, I think the expanded "width" of my light pattern will be more useful for me.
I ride a lot of gravel roads where I'm fairly close to the side because I have to ride in the wheel ruts: can't stay in the middle. I usually don't ride all that fast at night on these roads, so never "outride" the high beam. I think more light cast to the sides would enable me to see along the sides of the roads better where the weeds and trees are.
I like your lights. From an aesthetic standpoint, I seem to differ from everybody else on the forum. Instead of the smaller units, I'm kind of liking the larger, round lights that are about 3" in diameter. My plan is to install them on the tops of my HT Nerf bars. All the advice seems to be to mount them as high as possible, but there's only a few inches difference between the tops of the bars and anywhere I could mount them near the headlight, anyway. For the light pattern I'm looking for, I don't think those few inches will make a difference. If they do, for the price, I could always relocate them, even if it meant buying another set in the future.
As far as I know, the actual physical size of the light doesn't matter: a 55w bulb is a 55w bulb, but I might be wrong. For some reason, I like the larger, kind of "outdated" round lights.
Interesting info about the charging/headlight differences between the two generations of bikes. Thanks for telling me that.