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Author Topic: 7" headlamp  (Read 1924 times)

Eamon

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2009, 10:06:36 AM »
I have a blue dot 7" halogen setting in the garage for just that reason. When I got it and discovered it wasn't adjustable and was able to determine that it wasn't designed properly i.e. it's beam shone way to high, I scrapped it. I won't put shit on my bike that may be harmful to me or anyone else just because it looks cool.


I suppose it varies depending on the rider's weight and how the preload on your rear suspension is set, but my 7" bulb (just a regular sealed beam halogen, not the blue dot tri bar you have) was spot on.  This is on an iron barreled classic with the rear shocks in the middle position and the rider (me) weighing about 155.  Like you say, I suppose the biggest danger is if it points too high and you run the risk of blinding oncoming drivers.  I wouldn't have left it on my bike if it turned out to be too high, but it wasn't, so there it stays (and it does look cool as well  ;) ).

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2009, 11:35:51 AM »
That seems to be a typical response of today. ME only ME. How can you possibly be any safer if someone encroaches into your lane? No one can be totally safe, but it can be better if we (collectively) consider the other person who has just as much right as you to be one the road. Your attitude will probably change when the shoe is on the other foot.

I live in one of the most highly deer populated areas in the US. I know what it's all about. It requires a lot of attention and there are no guarantees. 



Excuse me?  It's not a matter of "me only me".  Quite the contrary. If anything, it's the general population who needs to become aware of the need to share the road with motorcyclists, who have a right to be there, not the other way around.  I refuse to become a "officer I just didn't see him" statistic. Noone has ever encroached my lane because of my lights.  Not once....Have they with yours?  I'm sure I've annoyed afew, but if they flash me I dim them. Now, I've been encroached on for lots of OTHER  reasons, like the car driver reading the paper at 75mph, or putting on makeup, or reaching to pick something up off the floor, or the myriad of other idiocies folks do behind the wheel (including myself, I'm sure...)

As a motorcyclist, I take as many precautions as I can to ensure my safety, being as unprotected as we are. That includes proper prep of my bike, lights, proper safety gear, and proper training. This is to ensure the safety of others on the road with me, but primarily to increase the odds in favor of myself.  If that is self-centered "Me-ism" ...so be it.

and yes, my lights are aimed properly....sheesh.

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2009, 02:04:51 PM »
You could never tell by your post that your light was aimed properly "I'M TOO BRIGHT, AT LEAST I KNOW THEY'VE SEEN ME". That quote is what prompted the me-ism remark. Now your story changes.

Mine was the Tri-Bar what is yours? Eamon has a different one. I've only heard of one Tri bar that was aimed properly without some jerry rigging.

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2009, 04:07:08 PM »
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!  ;) :)

Yeah, I'm a stickler about making sure anything I do to my bike works, and works how it's supposed to.  Otherwise, it's a hazard.

I bought the 7" conversion kit from CMW.  It works well, and didn't require any shims or fiddling to get it right. I'm real happy with it!
You could never tell by your post that your light was aimed properly "I'M TOO BRIGHT, AT LEAST I KNOW THEY'VE SEEN ME". That quote is what prompted the me-ism remark. Now your story changes.

Mine was the Tri-Bar what is yours? Eamon has a different one. I've only heard of one Tri bar that was aimed properly without some jerry rigging.

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2009, 04:21:19 PM »
Br. Phil, I also got lucky with my Tri-Bar 7 incher -- it was properly aimed after installation!
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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2009, 04:28:29 PM »
Fill me in.
I used a six inch long piece of 10 gauge wire between the headlight bulb and the rim on the bottom to move the aim of the light down. It took about 15 minutes to figure out what was needed. It's easy, and It looks cool too.
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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2009, 05:26:55 PM »
csbdr & Cabo,
You are lucky men. Mine (the cut off line) would shine over a car right in front of me at a stop light.

R80RT, I will try that when energy returns after the heat storm of summer.  ;)
How for off was yours when you first installed the light?

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2009, 05:35:00 PM »
"csbdr & Cabo,
You are lucky men. Mine (the cut off line) would shine over a car right in front of me at a stop light."  PhilJ


You know, Br. Phil, the Lord protects drunks and simple minded people!!!  I don't drink much any more!!!  :D :D :D

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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2009, 05:39:37 PM »
Mine was aimed quite a bit high, I tried several differend thicknesses of wire till I got it where I wanted it.  It's pretty easy to do, take the two bottom spring wire clips out of your light rim, ease the bulb back slightly and slip the wire under the edge of the bulb then put the clips back in.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2009, 05:49:56 PM by r80rt »
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Re: 7" headlamp
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2009, 05:50:17 PM »
Thanks rr89rt. Like I said I'll try it latter after the heat front.

Cabo, your anything but simple minded.