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  • #58609

    beemerkat
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    any one retro fit H.I.D or Zenon and which one would tax the alternator less?:confused:

    #60526

    AntonLargiader
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    I think Zenon/Xenon is not a precise term; that can be just a fancy over-marketed bulb IMO.

    HID is very specific, and that is the high-voltage, low-current arc which yields the bright light with only (typically) 35W draw on the system. These are getting really inexpensive now. Great news for Airheads.

    #60533

    beemerkat
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    [QUOTE=AntonLargiader »]I think Zenon/Xenon is not a precise term; that can be just a fancy over-marketed bulb IMO.

    HID is very specific, and that is the high-voltage, low-current arc which yields the bright light with only (typically) 35W draw on the system. These are getting really inexpensive now. Great news for Airheads.[/QUOTE]

    my bad about the spelling i am workin on it

    i really like the HID idea do they make one for a 2001 R1100sa?

    #60577

    bertbrumfield
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    [QUOTE=beemerkat »]my bad about the spelling i am workin on it

    i really like the HID idea do they make one for a 2001 R1100sa?[/QUOTE]

    Go to google and do a search for “hid motorcycle” and check for the bulb type used on the r1100sa.

    #60608

    blender
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    If you’re talking a true HID upgrade that could be a subject of a whole tech article (and by someone much more knowledgable than me). I’ll try to give a condensed version based on my limited research and experience.

    I’ve upgraded the low beam of my R12GS to a 4300K HID H7 bulb. The R12 uses separate bulbs for High/Low making this an easy upgrade. It really was plug ‘n play (I did have to drill a 23mm hole in the rear cap to fit the bulb and wiring).

    Your R11 likely uses an H4 bulb (same bulb for Hi/Lo). That makes things a bit more difficult. If you use a straight kit as shown here: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_xenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url] you lose the high beam. That *might* be acceptable given the increased output of the new bulb. The HID is very reliable, plus the system is truely replaceable, meaning you can swap in a regular H4 if needed. You can also go with a dual bulb version: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_bixenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url]. I have no idea how well these work.

    The HID lamps are rated in Kelvin degrees color temp, starting at 4300K going up to 12,000K. Frankly, the 4300K in my low beam lights the road up quite well, plus I’ve been told by riding buddies that I’m *very* visible. We all know loud lights save lives. 😉

    This upgrade on my GS was money well spent (IIR about $130, most likely more, I went with a slimline ballast). The $$’s I’ve spent on bulbs that have allegedly increased output were wasted IMHO (ahem, i.e. PIAA bulbs). The bulbs did not provide good light nor did they last. I’ve actually removed the auxilliary HID lights that came with the GS when I bought it – I just don’t need them anymore.

    One other note: The HID bulb takes about 30 seconds or so to warm up to full intensity. As a result if you use a H7 high bulb or perhaps a dual-H4 bulb you’ll likely lose the flash-to-pass ability. Not that American drivers would notice…. The high bulb does respond more quickly once it’s warmed up.

    Here are a couple links to companies selling kits. As others mentioned, google the subject (or look on Ebay) and you’ll get more results.
    [url]http://www.xenonfactory.com/[/url]
    [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/[/url]
    [url]http://www.kbcarstuff.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=XT%2D4K&CartID=[/url]
    [url]http://www.hid-online.com/hidonline/[/url]

    Steve
    Madison, WI

    #60688

    BeemerArp
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    I did a Fashtek 4300K hid upgrade to both lows and the high on my 09 R12RT. Put two ballasts behind the right speaker area and the other behind the left speaker area. I used 3M double sided mounting tape and zip ties … very secure. Very easy plug and play installation with NO CANbus issues. Spectacular lighting … better than expected!

    #60873

    beemerkat
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    Your R11 likely uses an H4 bulb (same bulb for Hi/Lo). That makes things a bit more difficult. If you use a straight kit as shown here: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_xenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url] you lose the high beam. That *might* be acceptable given the increased output of the new bulb. The HID is very reliable, plus the system is truely replaceable, meaning you can swap in a regular H4 if needed. You can also go with a dual bulb version: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_bixenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url]. I have no idea how well these work.

    Steve
    Madison, WI[/QUOTE]

    thanks for the info it will help in my research my R11 uses an H1 for low and H7 for high

    #61423

    beemerkat
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    thanks for all the info ordered my xenon stuff friday should be in on tuesday going with the low beam only H1 for now 5000k

    #61426

    rbertalotto
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    On my web site under “motorcycles”

    [url]www.rvbprecision.com[/url]

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