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LED Bulbs

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by GT-Rx®, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I now have the new 5600 version in stock on the online Store HERE or click the pic below.

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    Stradagene Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    A very nice and simple upgrade to the stock headlamp.
     
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    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I'd like to hear for others that have installed the high output H4. How significant is the improvement when riding at night? How tight is the fit when installing the ballast in the headlight? Any discoloration of the reflector from the excessive heat?

    Paul
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    I ran with the Cyclops 4000 lumen model for a while.

    - The ballast fits with no problems in the V7III headlight bucket.
    - The lamp runs cooler than the stock headlamp, and consumes about a third the power.

    The low (dipped) beam is significantly brighter than the stock headlight. The high (main) beam is brighter too, but the real fault with the V7III headlight is that the main beam pattern isn't ideal no matter what bulb you put in it.

    For most, I'd say the Cyclops LED H4 replacement is a good improvement.

    For the peculiarities of my night vision, the main beam didn't help me enough. I found that the OSRAM Nightbreaker Plus H4 did a better job on high beam for me, although it's not quite as bright on low beam as the Cyclops. Trade-offs...

    That's why I want to get the JW Speaker LED Adaptive headlight, eventually. (Likely when I get the Stucchi fairing.)
     
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    Stradagene Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I've been running Todd's 3800 lumen LED headlamp for the last 4000 miles. No discoloration or signs of excess heat. No vibration issues.
    As with many stock components, the stock headlamp seemed like some sort of strange joke - barely adequate in many situations.
    I have found the LED replacement bulb, on the other hand, to be entirely satisfactory in every circumstance.

    Are better beam patterns available with an entirely new housing? Undoubtedly, but I have never felt like more is needed, whereas the stock configuration was pathetically unsuitable for most non-urban night time riding.

    It depends on how icky-picky you are, but if you want to go from inadequate to functional this is a great purchase without a huge price tag.
     
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    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thank you sir for your candid response. My goal is to save electrons at the headlight to help with running the Nav. heated grips, and one heated jacket liner...… and not give up headlight capability or spending big $$$. I've got other bike that have great OEM LED lighting and can run all the electronic accessories the pillion and I will ever need.

    On the V7 III I'll likely stick with the PIAA H4 Extreme White Plus I'm currently using. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

    Paul
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    No better way than LED. The PIAA version isn’t saving you any.
     
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    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I agree, but it seems moving to a LED bulb would reduce the effectiveness of my current set up. Yep, life is one big compromise.

    Paul
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Disagree. ;)
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    I have to agree with Todd on this. I wanted a better high beam, which is why the LED H4 didn't work out so well for me, but the low beam was significantly improved and it certainly uses a lot less of the alternator output.
     
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    I went out for my first night ride with the H4 Cyclops 3800 last night and what a difference. Much better visibility, much farther view down the road and better side view as well. Once I have the headlight properly adjusted (to high right now) it should be about perfect.
     
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    tobinh Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    this all sounds great!

    Todd - can I get some for my Breva 1100? I guess I need an H7 and an H9? I asked a while back, and was cautioned against LED bulbs in that housing. True?
     
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    Hello - Is Todd's Headlamp bulb need any resistors or is it a Plug & Play for my 2018 V7 III?
    C.A.S. H4 LED BULB
     
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    Stradagene Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    It was plug and play on my V7R

    Hey! Did you see the V7/V9 ride post? You should come out and ride! The last V7/V9 rides we've had were a blast! Time for another one!!
     
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    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    The only LED upgrades which need resistors are the indicators.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Unless you get ones that do not need resistors.
     
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    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    In which case you have bulbs with resistors (or some equivalent circuitry) incorporated. The CAN-BUS bulbs aren't quite as good as the plain LEDs. The resistors are easy to come by and quite easy to install. I don't see them in Todd's store, so I s'pose I'm ok to say that these gize sell them - procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html
     
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    RAYT Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Thanks for all your replies and input. I just ordered the LED headlamp bulb from GuzziTech.
     
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