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I have a 2006 Street Glide and this is my first Harley. I love it. My only real problem is the headlamp on this thing stinks. It lights up what is right in front of you and outside of that is just black. I am wondering if there is something I can do. I have seen the $500.00 upgrade in the HD catalog and was wondering if that was worth it. I also thought about a set of small bullet style running lights in the front but can not seem to find any. I was trying to keep the clean look of the bike and since it already has the smaller bullet style turn signals I was trying to stay with something like that. If any one can help I sure would appreciate it.
 

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You have a bunch of options to go with.....You could just get a new bulb. H-4
Piaa is good, as well as osram 100/80w and the silverstars are not that bad. You could also look in 8-balls profile as he has a really nice setup...The HId from harley are not really worth the money in my eyes........they are good though.
 

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You might also want to check the alignment on your current light. My RK came with the might wayyyy out of alignment. I fixed that and it was much better.
 

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Thanks, I will look into the bulbs and I will check to see if the headlight alignment is OK.
 

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My Street Glide the head light was way out of alignment. after I adjusted it I can see great now.
 

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JJsFLHX said:
Thanks, I will look into the bulbs and I will check to see if the headlight alignment is OK.
Somewhere on this forum I have listed some PIAA bulbs and Wagner lenses that are really bright. Do a search and you should find it.
 

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Here's another option. I put Motolights on my forks. They light up the street from line to line and make you very visible during the day. Lots of model options. They are closed for a couple of weeks now, but you can check them out and get a discount at www.motoemporium.com. (No affiliation)
 

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JJsFLHX said:
Thanks, I will look into the bulbs and I will check to see if the headlight alignment is OK.
There are some slight differences in distance, but here's a couple of tips for aiming headlights that I googled.
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Motorcycle Headlight Aiming

Getting a correctly aimed headlight is straightforward. You need to make a couple of measurements and then aim the light at a flat wall, as follows:

With the bike on its wheels and you astride, have a helper measure the distance from the floor to the center of the headlight lens.

Pick a flat wall where you can locate the bike so the headlight is 17 feet from the wall. Place a horizontal mark on the wall two (2) inches lower than the height of the center of the headlight.

The headlight beam (on low beam) should be relatively flat on the top, and may rise rather sharply at the right edge. Adjust the headlight vertically so that the flat top of the beam is just up to that line (marked two inches down at 17 feet).

Horizontal adjustment should center the beam ahead of the line of the bike.

So how are you supposed to aim the beam? A lot of riders simply adjust until the light startles oncoming drivers--and then back off a half turn. Believe it or not, there are official recommendations. Find a flat patch of ground with a white or light-colored wall at one end. (You may have one of these right there at home--it's called a driveway.) Place the bike 25 feet from the wall or garage door (4). Measure from the center of the headlight to the ground with the bike level (5). Now go over to the garage door and mark one line at the same height above ground, and another two inches lower (6). Use a carpenter's level to draw a horizontal reference line (7).

Switch on the headlights and mount the motorcycle. The low beam's upper cutoff point should rest right on the lower line (8). Because most bikes have combined high- and low-beam reflectors, setting the height (and checking to see that the beam is centered along the bike's long axis) is about all there is to it. But if you have separate high beams, make the center of the high beam land on the upper line. That's it. Button everything up--don't leave that screwdriver poking through the fairing
 

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FXD-Tim said:
Here's another option. I put Motolights on my forks. They light up the street from line to line and make you very visible during the day. Lots of model options. They are closed for a couple of weeks now, but you can check them out and get a discount at www.motoemporium.com. (No affiliation)
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I did the same thing on my SG for similar reasons.

I've never found the light projected by any single (low beam) 55W bulb "enough" for night riding.

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I checked the headlight alignment this weekend and found out that at 25 feet away from the wall with my high beam on, the light hit right at the bottom of the wall where the floor and wall meet. No wonder I coundn't see anything at night. I rode home from work Saturday night and could actually see stuff . WWWWWOOOOOHHHHOOO.

Hey what did I pay the guys at the dealership to "set up " ?


Oh well I love this bike, the more I ride it the more I like it.


Thanks for all your help.
 

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Hey what did I pay the guys at the dealership to "set up " ?


The "set-up" fee is for the Stealership to "set-up" the revolving cash account
that H-D riders soon incur after the purchase of a bike!!!!
 
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