Hi All, I was out after dark riding in the smokies (on the blue ridge) this weekend and found my headlight to be less than "Bright" Don't get me wrong it works but It's totaly dark in the mountains and I need a little more light. I'm unsure of how many Amps. I can pull from the bikes battery with a second light rigged up or if you all have done any mods with new age lights "Supper Bright Lights" It would be fine with me to change the bucket, ears and what ever as long as it worked better than Stock. Thanks for any help....
Good question, I'd like to know the answer as well. My headlight is terribly dim, I'd never trust it beyond dusk. Riding buddy commented he thought my charging system wasn't working because my headlight looks so orange, even at speed. Charging system is A-OK, headlight is tired. Was going to just go to Napa and get a suitable replacement, if possible. Also considered the halogen upgrade kit from Mikes, would love to hear comments, suggestions.
I've had this item on the back burner for a while so I'm now interested as well. I definitely want a white bright light, maybe duals. I have an FZR 1000 dual halogen set up (not installed) but I wonder if the electrical system is up to it? I have led tail lights so that will save some and no electric starter. Cheers, 50gary
The XS charging system produces around 225 watts at max output...Using Ohms law, dividing the rate of charge, using 13.5 volts [as an peak average], into the 225 watts, gives you around 16.6 amps [peak]to support the igniton, lighting and turn signals.. This is probably on the high side of the average XS charging system that is working properly..
I made the upgrade to a Halogen H4-55/60 watt this past spring and love the improvement in night-time lighting..The difference between the old 22 year old yellowish sealed beam light and the super bright white illumination of the Halogen was a very pleasant surprise and a very welcome addition to night riding...I can now see the deer eyes off the sides of the roads! The stock XS charging system [if it's working properly] will support the H4 with no problems, but I wouldn't go as far as to try to hang a pair of running lights or a bunch of marker lights on the thing..
Just to appease myself from wondering about the increase in more watts being consumed, due to the difference in the wattages of the old sealed beam and the H4, I did change over the LED tail/stop lighting which does "save" some watts. It seems to work out for me, but, be advised, if you think you'd like to try and "save a few watts" with LED taillights bulbs yourself, that the LED market is so full of snake oil salesmen, all claiming their LEDs are the brightest on the road, it's hard to find BRIGHT LEDs at a decent price....I spent something like 80 bucks doing research on the damn things before I found a pair of 1157 type LED arrays that were actually brighter than Krypton type incandescent 1157 bulbs...
Not to get off course,
I highly recommend the H4 conversion...Mike does have a Halogen lense/reflector that fits the standard XS headlight bucket..I'm not sure what brand his are..I think they are Jutes or something else Taiwanese. I got one off a german guy who was selling german made for motorcycle only lense/reflectors..This unit has a lead crystal fluted lense that works great at actually defusing the light in a pattern that is useful for a motorcycle. .Look for these on Ebay, the guy had several and I got mine cheap..
Yamaha XS650, the past is a just a blur in the mirrors.
Diesel, After I posted this question I looked at some other lighting set-ups on different bikes and found many I really like. NOW the trouble is I can’t pick one and I think if I get started on this, then I will want to change the mounting ears, then the upper fork trim and then this and that……. When will it stop?
When my wife takes my bank card away from me that’s when!
Moneys a little tight at the moment so I will have to retract this part of my post "It would be fine with me to change the bucket, ears and what ever" I have to stick to the basics now and just get some more light on the road.
As it happens I'm picking up a new stock Yamaha sealed beam tomorrow afternoon, and the halogen replacement should arrive from Mike's mid next week at the latest. So, I'll install the stock light first, drag the bike out in the street, and gauge the beam strength, then midweek do the same with the halogen light. Any bets on which will look better?
Speaking of headlights, I need the stinkin' little bushings that locate the adjustment ring and the 10 mm ID mounting bushing on one side. It's from a 1981 and the shell is moulded plastic. Nothing is ever simple. Anyone have an old wanted headlight shell? Sorry this is a bit off topic. Now it's out to the motorcycle room to work on my Tracker seat. Cheers, 50gary
Yes, the H4 replacement from Mike's is really nice in comparison to the stock unit. Yamaha wanted more than $50.00 for the stock headlight, Mike's much less, and of course, replaceable bulb. I agree that without directions it took me a few minutes to figure out how to use the "W" wires to mount the light in the shell, but once I figured out that you could move the glass around a bit once you had three or so "W" wires installed it was easy. A set of directions would have beeen nice though. I'll try to take some pictures of the difference in illumination, but for the money it looks like the way to go.
r80rt: :)This is a splendid write up, THANK YOU!!!!
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buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
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joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
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joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
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craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
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gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
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dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
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tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
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trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
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trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
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