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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2007, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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The following is a link to a HID headlamp designed for a Yamaha Roadstar:


Eeeeeewwwww.....kinda pricey!!!.....

I realize that my question is probably premature, but I was wondering if anyone else has seen/bought something like this, that is designed for our VN750 (and is actually street legal) and is more reasonably priced???

Anyone? Anyone?
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i highly doubt it. for the lighting upgrade i got Sylvania silver bulb i think. wasn't huge difference but still gave more lite.

actually i don't understand what the story with HID's. for 10 times the money i expert at least 10 times more light...

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I think Dianna has a HID headlight on her hack? Not sure what kind though.

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I'll have to check with hubby since he bought the HID lighting from ebay (about $100 I think) But it definitely lights up my world!
There's a little electrostat that warms up when you first turn it on so you hear a little electrical whine/buzz but it goes away.
My husband has one on his Harley also and when out on group rides we can definitely spot each other in the pack. The other headlights look yellow, and a dim yellow at that by comparison.
One small bother is that the instrument panel lights for the headlight stay on so it always looks like my highbeams are on. Probably true by comparison since my low beam looks brighter than most high beams.
I have not had anyone flash me indicating my brights were on though.. well ok, one or two maybe but it was as I was cresting a hill. *L* I just sort of laughed and thought.. "You think that was my high beam? No.. THIS is my high beam!" did a quick flash of the highs and went on my way

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Most of the HID lighting kits/accessories I've seen thus far are really for off-road use, and are not street legal.

Or, they're just way overpriced for what you get. Or both.

It seems as though more HID products are coming out with time, and I gather that it won't really be long before we can buy a kit or a lamp that fits our bike--and at a fair price.

Someone else correct me if I'm wrong, but the HID option provides far greater light, uses much less power (especially for the same amount of light), runs cooler, and lasts considerably longer than halogen bulbs.

I read somewhere that typical halogen bulbs are generally rated for 1,000 hours; HIDs can go for 2,500 hours.

Also, a typical 35-watt HID can provide the same amount of light as a halogen that is well past 100 watts.

If so, pretty cool stuff!!!.........
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