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Post  reciprocity Sun Sep 11 2011, 04:45

Went for a long ride out tonight with the wife and had almost 1 in every 5 cars flash at me or stick their full beam on until they have passed me. I have just installed the hids and I'm guessing the a**eholes were flashing because they were dazzled. Thats right, wonderful. You have been dazzled...best thing to do in this situation is to dazzle the biker to. Wonderful. Thanks for that. Maybe we can meet up every weekend on a dark road, rinse and repeat. Should be made outright illegal to flash an oncoming biker. Since water droplets on the visor scatter the light and can effectively blind you for a short time.

Ok...now im done with the rant. Anyone know if the headlight is adjustable? Otherwise, I was thinking of buying some privacy tint film and tinting out the part of the headlight that spreads the light too far ahead/scatters it in the wrong direction. Any ideas? It needs sorting asap as I really enjoy riding at night when its quiet and cool out.

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Post  reciprocity Sun Sep 11 2011, 05:50

After a bit of googling...found this:

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Posted here for reference in case someone else has the same issue.
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Post  greencat Sun Sep 11 2011, 08:54

Thanks for posting that up great

I'm sure it'll be helpful to others.

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Post  weasley Sun Sep 11 2011, 09:23

One problem with HID bulbs is that they don't necessarily emit light from the same location within the assembly as a filament bulb. As a consequence the reflector of the Cat's headlight doesn't focus the light where it should and the beam pattern is lost or corrupted. I noticed this on Rosco's bike and Stevecat mentioned the same thing. It is unlikely that adjusting the headlight will actually help, as this relies on the beam being focussed properly in the first place.
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Post  reciprocity Sun Sep 11 2011, 13:26

Tint film then?
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Post  SteveCat Sun Sep 11 2011, 14:13

Adjust the headlight that ought to stop the beam blinding the oncoming traffic. Also keep an eye out for car drivers in front of you possibly putting up their hand over their mirror or moving their head to avoid the beam.

I was aware that the beam on mine wasn't right, no one flashed me though. Adjusted it and then I started to notice the odd head and hand movements. When a little girl in the back of a 4x4 type put her hand up I knew it was still wrong.

Drivers pull over and try and get out of your way with the HiD, I'd like to think it is because they have noticed you rather than the beam is annoying them.
In spite of my reservations with these lights, I have bought one for the new 'Cat, won't be rushing to fit it though.
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Post  reciprocity Sun Sep 11 2011, 20:25

Ive adjusted it and then went out to brighton. On the way back, noticed that its now...too low. Lol. Ill go out and tweak it soon. I do love the look of hids.
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Post  Rosco Sun Sep 11 2011, 20:55

I like the fact that it really makes you get noticed. I like my noisy can for the same reason. All I need now is a big fluorescent jacket.

Sorry I haven't managed to answer your question though Embarassed

Sounds like you've got it answered anyhoos. Good luck in the micro-adjustments.

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