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February 1st, 2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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What is the most effective night riding system. I have dicovered that helmet mounted lights might be more important than the a bike mounted system. i have looked at the Cyclops Solstice and the Tral Tech SCMR16 and MR11 and need advice.
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RE: Night riding

Yes, you can get sea sick unless you run a helmet light. Use same type of light on bike as on helmet or you can still get seasick. That is halogen/halogen or xenon/xenon. No problem w. sickness if your running the helmet light only.
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Saltybird, Give trailtech a call and they will help you with whatever setup that you are looking for. There lights are the finest in the industry with a costumer service that is above all others. I am currently running one of there 8' halogen lights on the bike with a 100w bulb and a set of H.I.D. helmet lights with no issues of being "sea sick". They stand behind there product and use the finest materials available.
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February 1st, 2008, 03:06 PM   #4
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Do not worry about the bike lighting, that will suffice. you need a strong headtorch as that is where you are looking..that is where you need the beam. the bike will point where you point the bars. So you won't see around the route you plan to take!!! Yeah...Trailtech have a good selection , you are bound to find something you like!
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you didn't mention where you intend to use the lights here are some general suggestions
in faster type racing ( desert ) you are more reliant on big 8"light(s)and not so much a helmet light, a big light cast the light further and broader helmet don't cast the light as
far or as broad
in a slower type racing( enduro ) you will use helmet light more since you are always looking through a turn
I have a 8" halogen on my berg and 2 mr16 on my helmet and have never been sea sick
but some people more sensitive to light moving around and the color of the 2 lights
I have tough time when soil is very light in color and helmet shines on the soil it blinds me where as my 8" halogen don't give me that glare off the soil

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salty, where abouts do you ride?
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February 2nd, 2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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I think both an 8'' round hid headlight as well as a helmet light will do just fine. Traditionally, two helmet lights would be used, although with new technology, one is all that is needed. Whatever the cost, it is well worth it bro.
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Try trail tech. I've used them for a long long time and am nothing but extremely happy with this company. They Love bikers and making riding cool. That makes any transaction a good one because they care for you, not just a dollar figure. Give them a phone call, You will see for yourself. Tell them Jerry sent you.
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All great suggestions here;

My two cents, if you are going to be doing a good deal of night riding, and intend on going over to either and 8" HID, or 8" halogen main, and the helmet lights, you may want to consider rewinding your stator for a skosh more output, and the most import thing is to have the stator altered so that both out puts go straight to the regulator/rectifier. This is known as floating the ground, and there is a set of instructions on how this is done in the download sections. This is a very common modification, and is required when going to a light like a Baja designs diablo, or even a trail tech type light.

What it does is put both of the stator outputs to the battery, and you run your lighting off of your battery. This makes the whole system DC, instead of running your lights on AC which is stock and rectifying some of the AC to DC to charge the battery. It also requires a new heavy duty regulator/rectifyer. In fact I think trail tech sells complete stators and heavy duty reg/rect kits. Have a look here: http://www.trailtech.net/

There are a couple of advantages of running the lighting system on DC, #1 for me would be that when you stab the rear brake and kill the motor, the lights stay on, or if the motor dies while your going down a big hill or something like that. The second would be you can run your helmet lights off the bike system instead of having to wear a battery pack. Cheeseberger ran this set up in the Baja 1000 this year, a diablo headlight, and a helmet light with a quick disconnect that was tied into the bike electrical system. He had baja designs do the ground float that I was talking about earlier for more output and had no problems with two full nights of riding during the race.
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Thank you for all your good advice, I will give Trail Tech a call.
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