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post #1 of 40 Old 12-12-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Night Riding Lighting Solved!

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

Merry Christmas All!

I have solved "my" problem of inadequate lighting at night. I have been hesitant to ride at night or go on a ride that has me returning as it gets dark due to the weeny standard headlight on the KLR 650. At first I bumped up the buld to Bright White H1, no go. I then bumped the bulb to a H4 and although it was better, no go.

I perused the Wild Wild Web and came across Rigid Industries "Dullys", LED spot lights. These puppies through off 1300 lumens while using only 15 watts. I spent at least 3 hours total on the web site: www.rigidindustries.com. and felt as if a dark cloud was removed from my vision. These lights are freaking amazing. They are extremely well engineered and tough as h#ll. Solidly built of billet aluminum, simple but flowing cooling fins to displace the heat. The total cost with vertical shock mounts was $290.00. I also was offered a three (3) year replacement warranty for broken/damaged lights for $20.00. They will replace them at no charge.

I am waiting for the shock mounts to arrive, then I will post pictures. I have the lights ad the wiring harness. SO COOL! I feel like it Christmas early!

Life is a ride that should be thouroughly enjoyed. ATGATT!

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Renthal Bars, Happy Trails Racks, SW Motech Crash Bars, Center Stand, Bash Plate, Yana Shinka HID headlight, Rigid LED Spots, Leo Vince X-3 Pipe, 20mm Ammo Can panniers, Cryca Brush Bars, GPS Ram Mount, Truck Air Horn, LED Brake Light Bar, Tool Tube, Done the "Do", Winner 2012 Mark B (4) Bolt award..

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post #2 of 40 Old 12-13-2011, 06:51 PM
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That'll be an interesting setup. Looking forward to the ride report.
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post #3 of 40 Old 12-13-2011, 07:20 PM
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Street legal?

Hi/Lo beam-switchable?
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Street legal?

Hi/Lo beam-switchable?
Reckon not.
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post #5 of 40 Old 01-16-2012, 04:23 PM
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interesting

would love to SEE how this works out.
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post #6 of 40 Old 01-16-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Good Evening All,

The brackets for mounting the lights finally arrived. I have 2X1300 lumens of bright white LED light. It is Sweet! The GOOD: total power draw is 15 watts, totaly water resitant/proof, Shock and vibration proof, look great. The Bad: the mounts are not strong. They will not fall off but are subject to bending.

I opted for the Duallys Spot LED lights. They were sold with a three year guarantee, anything goes wrong (Spill or crash) the lights will be replaced for free. All in all I am very satisfied,

Life is a ride that should be thouroughly enjoyed. ATGATT!

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Renthal Bars, Happy Trails Racks, SW Motech Crash Bars, Center Stand, Bash Plate, Yana Shinka HID headlight, Rigid LED Spots, Leo Vince X-3 Pipe, 20mm Ammo Can panniers, Cryca Brush Bars, GPS Ram Mount, Truck Air Horn, LED Brake Light Bar, Tool Tube, Done the "Do", Winner 2012 Mark B (4) Bolt award..

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All in all I am very satisfied,
I'm happy for you!

Yet, I pose the intimate, and seldom-discussed, and still un-answered question:

IS YOUR SETUP STREET-LEGAL IN YOUR JURISDICTION?

What does your DMV/Highway Patrol say about your lights?

If I understand you correctly, you have single-beam high-intensity spotlights mounted for headlights on your bike; your bike, you're satisfied, that's cool, but . . . legal on public roadways?
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Re: Night Riding Problem Solved.

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I'm happy for you!

Yet, I pose the intimate, and seldom-discussed, and still un-answered question:

IS YOUR SETUP STREET-LEGAL IN YOUR JURISDICTION?

What does your DMV/Highway Patrol say about your lights?

If I understand you correctly, you have single-beam high-intensity spotlights mounted for headlights on your bike; your bike, you're satisfied, that's cool, but . . . legal on public roadways?

Lone-rider,

The short answer is No and I don not care.

I am sorry to be so blunt. I upgraded the light for my safety not for approval. I want to see and be seen. It is very simple. I khave adjusted the lights to shine on the oncoming road/path not in the rear view mirrors of drivers. I generally ride at night for short periods of time. If in the very unlikely opportunity that I do get pulled over, I will remove the lights and have the fix it ticket cleared, then ponder the next step (replace or reposition).

They work well and I am pleased. I do not endorse anyone doing this. Be safe, be seen and enjoy.

Life is a ride that should be thouroughly enjoyed. ATGATT!

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Renthal Bars, Happy Trails Racks, SW Motech Crash Bars, Center Stand, Bash Plate, Yana Shinka HID headlight, Rigid LED Spots, Leo Vince X-3 Pipe, 20mm Ammo Can panniers, Cryca Brush Bars, GPS Ram Mount, Truck Air Horn, LED Brake Light Bar, Tool Tube, Done the "Do", Winner 2012 Mark B (4) Bolt award..
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They look good.
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Lone-rider,

The short answer is No [these lights are NOT street-legal] and I do not care [whether they are street-legal or not].

I am sorry to be so blunt.
Not at all, Snakeboy66!

How are these lights wired; come on automatically with the ignition key switch? With the high beam headlight switch? Separately switchable, independent of any OEM wiring circuitry?

Would like to see an image; thanks!
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