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Mar 19th 2018, 11:51 AM   #1
 Tombraider2's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Arlington

Cyclops lights

Dark when I go to work, last year 2 near miss's. Rock, then a foot long hunk of a 4X4. Needed up graded head lights. So I just installed Cyclops 4K LED's. Nice, anyone else run them ?
Mar 19th 2018, 02:34 PM   #2
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
I had one in my stock FZ-07 headlight for a bit. It was a PITA. It threw light literally EVERYWHERE except down the road. I tried shimming it inside the housing to narrow the beam. It worked "ok". I eventually got it so that it shined a good way down the road while at the same time lighting up everything to the sides of me.

While this was great for me, it sucked for other drivers. I had someone ride my motorcycle while I watched, and even on a sunny day on "low beams" it blinded me so hard that I had spots in my vision.

So I guess it worked well, but couldn't be focused at all in the stock housing so I took it out. Not worth blinding an oncoming car and having them run into me. I'd much rather take my chance hitting a stick.
Mar 19th 2018, 08:38 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
Yup, if you switch to LEDs (or HIDS), the light producing surface of the lamp is bigger than a halogen lamp filament. So the stock headlight reflector won't focus right. The better option with LED lamps is to convert the headlight to a projector with a good sharp cutoff. DIYing that conversion is a PITA but it can be done. I put an HID projector in my Aprilia Mille low beam headlight, which has a rep for its miserable stock headlight. And two H7 LEDs were installed for the separate high beams, where the cutoff doesn't apply. It's a whole different thing to ride at night now.

If you don't want to mess with all that kind of conversion, at least tilt your headlight down more. That will help the drivers coming the other way a little.
Mar 19th 2018, 09:52 PM   #4
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
I wouldn't worry too much about one little head light that is bright enough to keep you safe riding at night.

Compare to pretty much all the 4X4 (trucks) and all the SUV's running LED with there fog lights blinding everybody, with 4 lights, one bright head light from a MC is nothing for mortorists.

After riding to work, one dark morning, with no street lights, in a very dark section of road, speed limit 50 mph. I came upon a deer that had been hit, laying dead in the middle of my path. I grew up on dirt bikes, and as soon as I saw it, I just had enough time to pull up on the front wheel, and bunny hopped off of it. After that I installed HID's and feel much safer night riding.

Edited by Willow on Mar 19th 2018 at 09:57 PM
Mar 20th 2018, 05:29 AM   #5
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
the whole headlight thing has turned into a game of "Fuck You." , 'No. Fuck YOU!"

So, who cares? Do what'cha want.
albatrosscafe and unicykle like this.
Mar 20th 2018, 01:52 PM   #6
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 ZG1400, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
I have 2 of their 7k H4 bulbs in my Conny. They light up absolutely everything. I like them, others do not. I don't care because they see me and I see them.

I might have been better to go with the 3800 H4 they offer but the world will never know.
Mar 20th 2018, 07:28 PM   #7
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
4K lumens is 25% more output than two halogen high beams. 14K lumens is going to be about as much output as one of those SUVs with all of its lights on.
Mar 21st 2018, 11:06 AM   #8
 Tombraider2's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Arlington

Day 3, their GREAT but need to bump them up a tad. I don't try and blind folks but seems like has been said, lot's of Rigs with them.

Freeway riding in the early morning is NEED TO SEE issue. These are Gen II so I hope they last, had issues with Gen I's I guess.
Mar 21st 2018, 01:12 PM   #9
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 ZG1400, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tombraider2
Day 3, their GREAT but need to bump them up a tad. I don't try and blind folks but seems like has been said, lot's of Rigs with them.

Freeway riding in the early morning is NEED TO SEE issue. These are Gen II so I hope they last, had issues with Gen I's I guess.
Good thing is the company is local so if you have issues you can stop by their shop. I've emailed with them about my previous truck and getting their lights to work with its finicky electrical system. They recommended I stop by some time. Never did cuz I ended up getting a new rig.
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