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Offline Brerpatch

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Twin headlamps anyone?
« on: 30 September, 2019, 05:15:41 PM »
Hello gentlemen.
I have tried to find some info on this subject but I`m probably not using the correct word pattern  :015:.
Has anyone tried to link the headlamp bulbs together, I am aware that this could cause problems for the loom, as in cooking it and maybe the stator is not up to it either but I am running LED bulbs, so this should not be an issue.
Any thoughts or guidance to the correct area would be very much appreciated

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #1 on: 30 September, 2019, 07:51:40 PM »
Can't be done with the stock lenses.

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #2 on: 30 September, 2019, 07:52:15 PM »
I've managed to find two places so far that sell modules for twin headlight setups. There could be more, or if you're so technologically inclined you could make your own at a much cheaper price.
I'm no expert but I wouldnt recommend hardwiring them together. For starters the main beam will be too bright for everyday use, it would make starting your bike that little bit harder for your battery and you might even run in to problems at the MOT centre if your main beam switch doesn't work as it should.

Here's what I've found:
https://tripageled.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=175

https://www.doubletronics.com/english.html

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« Reply #3 on: 01 October, 2019, 01:33:33 PM »
Neither of those options make allowance for the lens. The main beam remains as a main beam, even at 40% it faila the MOT and dazzling oncoming vehicles

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #4 on: 02 October, 2019, 07:39:00 PM »
I have adjusted my main beam light so it points down like the dip beam. Only use both beams when I feel vulnerable and don't use the bike much in the dark on unlit roads. Have passed several MOTs with this arrangement.
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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #5 on: 03 October, 2019, 11:59:16 PM »
*Originally Posted by Milord [+]

+1  :0461: Fitted & worked faultlessly for for years. Looks far better than stock 'one-eye'.

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #6 on: 04 October, 2019, 12:07:01 AM »
*Originally Posted by Art [+]
Neither of those options make allowance for the lens. The main beam remains as a main beam, even at 40% it faila the MOT and dazzling oncoming vehicles

Disagree with you on this one Art, last 3 MOT's all passed without any issue whatsoever. Whilst the lens may indeed not be quite pedantically 'legit', the 40% on lightbulb is no more dazzling than any of the ludicrously bright headlights of cars you see out there everyday.

I've previously posted some pics of before & after fitting on here somewhere, but can't be chewed looking now as it's bedtime. zzzz

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #7 on: 04 October, 2019, 07:28:38 AM »
Fair point Shed, I'd disagree with me on that basis too. I know my dipped beam fails to meet the requirements of the MOT but it gets passed, without advisory, year after year after year. For 'it fails the MOT' read 'it fails the requirements of the MOT' whether or not the MOT tester recognises or acknowledges that is another matter. 

To be perfectly clear the MOT requirements for headlamps, aim criteria aside, include 'if the light intensity of the lamp is significantly reduced, it should be failed'.

Source:- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspection-manual-for-motorcycles

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« Reply #8 on: 04 October, 2019, 07:59:43 AM »
Thankfully all of the bike specific MOT garages I've dealt with use common sense when applying the written rules of government pen pushers. The MOT itself is a complete joke anyway, and far more a cash cow than a legitimate 'caring' entity. Thankfully most of the testers are bikers themselves with a biker mentality, rather than a pedantic letter follower.
And the people who create these labyrinths of wordiness? These people are absolutely never wrong are they?!

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Re: Twin headlamps anyone?
« Reply #9 on: 04 October, 2019, 04:32:23 PM »
Amen to that.

 


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