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Old 10-27-2012, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have them on my RGU, got flashed a few times today. This caught me off guard because it is a bright sunny (cold) day here in Michigan. I noticed the cars flashing were very low (ford escort type, or whatever the new names are now). I plan on adjusting them but does a extremely bright light change the rules about riding with high beams on.... I'm thinking no. I plan to adjust where needed but not to the point that they are no farther out than a low beam. Not sure if anyone else has a thought...
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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RGRider is reading this now saying WTF is this?
You shouldn't be riding around with high beams on, especially if you're using anything brighter than the old sealed beam lights. Forcing people to look away from you due to being blinded sure doesn't help them see where you're at.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know some MSF courses recommend riding with the high beams on. I don't.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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They do recommend high beams.

The reason I put this out there was because these more powerful headlights seem to change the game. Thanks for your input, it's appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You're getting "flashed" just by installing new headlights? Where can I get some?
But seriously I don't think you should ride around day or night with high beams on constantly.
They can be blinding even in the daylight.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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All these years never had a problem, and only did it reading and taking those classes so long ago. All the bikes up until now I did not have a problem. Time to change it up...

I wonder if the publications and MSF courses have changed their message.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Check your headlight adjustment, it is different with the LED's than stock bulbs
Once I adjusted them ,no problem running high during daylight without being flashed.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a LED on my Ultra got flashed a couple times, I look at it like this, if they are flashing me then at least they are seeing me, thats how it has changed the game. Still was ran off the road twice this summer by some idiot passing another vehicle on a 2 lane hiway.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I know some MSF courses recommend riding with the high beams on. I don't.

Wow, That's NOT in the curriculum at all.

At our school we try not to suggest anything off the wall...

Personally I think it's extremely dangerous practice as people can be lead to the bright light as well, such as when police cars/firetrucks/towtrucks get hit on the side of the road... Even if using just stationary lights instead of the strobes

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I am actually considering trying to get the Daymaker to work in the headlight bucket of my VTX. Saw these headlights when I was up in Tenn/NC riding the gap and I was extremely and thoroughly impressed.

I'm a bit of a lighting/electronics geek and LOVE LED's
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I get flashed a lot on my roadglide with the lights on dim...did with the stock halogens too,and they weren't aimed high.

I think sometimes people see the double headlight and think you must have brights on,since both light up on low beam.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I get flashed a lot on my roadglide with the lights on dim...did with the stock halogens too,and they weren't aimed high.

I think sometimes people see the double headlight and think you must have brights on,since both light up on low beam.
Thats a good point, because I have been in lower cars and thought the same as I've approached an RG coming in the opposite direction.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, That's NOT in the curriculum at all.

At our school we try not to suggest anything off the wall...

Personally I think it's extremely dangerous practice as people can be lead to the bright light as well, such as when police cars/firetrucks/towtrucks get hit on the side of the road... Even if using just stationary lights instead of the strobes
It was in there 12-13 years ago when I took the courses. Have not attended in the last 7 yrs, I was wondering also if it changed also.

Honestly, most stock lights were not very bright and still are not. I've had two different Harley's in the last four years with stock lights and never got flashed. Prior to that, my Honda for 12 years, never got flashed. Always rode with high beams on and always felt I needed more. Auxiliary light properly aimed helped on the Honda but even with the stock headlight and the aux lights never got flashed. That's why I was thinking these LEDs changed the game.
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