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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2010, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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High Beam Question

Should have brought this up to the group 5 years ago when I first bought my baby, because my high beams have always been this way. When I switch from lows to highs, the light is much brighter very close to the bike and very far away (lights up stop signs much better), but much darker on the road in front of me. Kind of like a bright circle with a dark center. But on my pick-up truck when I turn on the high beams, the road is even more well lit and on top of that the width, height and distance of the light is increased. It seems like my pick-up's high beams burn along with the low beams, but the 750's high beams turn off the low beams. Do any of you find this to be true with your 750's high beams as well?

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I have the same problem on mine, I was just paying attention to that on my way home a couple of nights ago....

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That is how they all are. I believe the design of the bucket is ment to light up the sides of the road better for seeing critters. One way to help get the road lit up to your liking. When it is dark safley set on the bike on a flat stretch of road with the high beam on and push down on the top of the light bucket till you like it. Then switch to low beam and see if it is to your liking also. You will lose a little distence with the low beam but the high beam will be better. Sometimes you may have to lossen the headlight mounting bolts just a bit to adjust it and then retighten them to keep it where you like it but be careful not to strip the bolts.

Your truck or any car will be brighter where they have 2 lights that are set up differently and usually higher wattage.

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I was just kind of hoping that the high AND low beams could both go on at the same time, thereby keeping the road ahead lit up well AND light up with increased width and distance. But that might cause too much heat in the headlamp bucket and might start melting connections or something.

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That's where additional lights come in handy. A set of running lights on each side of the headlight would help a lot.

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Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
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My bike is the same way i bought a brighter bulb and it helped a little but you just have to find a happy medium when you adjust the headlight.
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Here a thread from a month ago where lance explans the advantages of a 6000K, second generation, HID head lamp with 3400 lumens of light given off. It is the brightest light in the series, and he has been using it for three years. It puts twice as much light on the road from our oem lens as a halogen bulb does. With a clear lens designed specifically for HID you will get three times the light. lance gives an ebay link for the HID kit too.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...ht=3400+lumens

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I was just kind of hoping that the high AND low beams could both go on at the same time, thereby keeping the road ahead lit up well AND light up with increased width and distance. But that might cause too much heat in the headlamp bucket and might start melting connections or something.
I've managed to get the high beam switch set just right so that both beams are on at the same time.
I only do this when moving. If I come to a stop, it's just high or low. Like ya said, I don't want excessive heat (or battery drain).
It's not easy to get the switch in just the right spot for both high & low beams, but it is possible.


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