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    Hey everyone. Quick search of the forums doesn't show a lot of discussion on this topic.
    A few months back I was cruising down the highways on the San Bernardino mountains after a camping trip. The LED headlight I have is powerful, using a projector lens as well as a spreader to try to throw light both far and wide. Up to that point in time, the light has been great.

    However, it got late and the sun set behind the mountains. I noticed in the dense twisties that I couldn't see much until my bike swept the curve, basically forcing me to slow down so I wouldn't outrun my visibility (problematic with people behind you).

    Is this an issue you face with your bikes? Is it a problem with the headlamp itself? I'm thinking to add a small lightbar or something just to make a wider sweep of light, while being careful in its implementation not to blind oncoming drivers. Perhaps you all know of a better solution.
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    Maybe but rule number one for night driving has always been to never drive faster than you can see

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    ANY light on a motorcycle that leans is going to be a problem in the curves.

    Look at it this way: the headlight is angled down a bit to keep the light on the road. Simply leaning the bike over puts it pretty much at the same spot on the road. However, when going around a curve, the road is relatively UP from the angle of the bike, putting it severely out of the lit area. I have a TruckLite LED on all of our bikes. They do the same thing.

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    You could go this way or glue a light to your helmet
    Citroen had the lights connected to the steering wheel a long time ago.
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    I found a couple of novel ideas:


    You mean to tell me everyone's just dealt with that pitch-black void? I mean even at lower speeds... I don't know if I would have seen a deer on the road with how dark it got on the mountain.

    Hmm. I gotta think about this. Thanks for your input.
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    Anything mounted on the bike will just be more light doing what you headlight already does, like Steve said. You could put something on a camera gimbal to keep it level, but it'll still only point forward.

    The Baja 1000 riders mount an ultrabright LED on their chin or cheeks. Of course, with a light on your head, you'll have to train yourself to be careful where you point it. It might be fun to ride the twisties with a flashlight taped to you head. I've only been in the woods on the bike after dark once. It was frustrating. I've just avoided it since.
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    Question Better than nothing - add light that show sideways a little ;)

    My 1983 GS850GL with a Trucklite installed and Superbright LEDs 2" work lights (12V) on the lower crash bars - So this is MY EXPERIENCE

    Pay attention to the LOWER driving lights -
    Those are wide beam LEDs (30 degree) that will light up much of the side of the roadways at night -
    AND consequently the wider beam and lower placement will light around the corner -- a little -- better than the Headlamp alone -


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    Hey, just wondering what the windshield specs are? I got a '79 GN and with those fabulous indicator lolipops either side, i'm unsure what'll fit? What's the make please? Cheers now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pastychamp View Post
    Hey, just wondering what the windshield specs are? I got a '79 GN and with those fabulous indicator lolipops either side, i'm unsure what'll fit? What's the make please? Cheers now!
    If you are asking about how well the TruckLite fits, let's just say that it's pretty much a plug-and-play drop-in to replace the stock light.

    You have to disassemble all the headlight "stuff" that is attached to the chrome trim ring, but it's the same as replacing the stock light. The clear lens of the TruckLite will stick out about 1/2" from the chrome ring, but there are no other issues concerning the fit.

    My wife's 850L (just one year older than Wingsconsin's) is wearing the same windshield. My son has a 1000G with a Vetter fairing and a TruckLite. My 850G(K) is just a little different, it has a Pacifico AERO fairing and a rectangular TruckLite. No issues with any of them.

    Oh, forgot to mention, ... for those that have an "L" with the smaller headlight (your '79 850 is not affected), you will need to find a 7" bucket AND mounting ears for that bucket. If you just mount the 7" bucket with the stock "L" ears, they will be spread farther apart and put your turn signals at a funny angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free99 View Post
    Is this an issue you face with your bikes? Is it a problem with the headlamp itself? I'm thinking to add a small lightbar or something just to make a wider sweep of light, while being careful in its implementation not to blind oncoming drivers. Perhaps you all know of a better solution.
    Motorcycles require countersteering to turn meaning the front wheel (and therefore headlight) are pointed in the opposite direction that the bike is turning. It has always been thus. The correction for that is called adaptive lighting. I know some expensive BMW models have it. To my knowledge only one company offers an after market product for most other makes. It's not cheap but if you do a lot of night riding it is probably a wise investment.

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