Night Riding: Enduro Light or 8"
Posted July 05, 2007 - 09:03 PM
Given a lot of fourth gear riding, grass track, boulders, and a lot of dust should I go with a Baja Designs Enduro (WR style) light with a 80W super white PIAA bulb? Or should I go with an 8" (wife's suggestion) race light running 55W or 100W?
I am planning on buying Trail Tech MR16 HID helmet light with battery pack for my helmet light. At $309 is this a waste? Last year I rode with a yellow colored homemade helmet light, but it left a lot to be desired. This new light looks awesome.
So, are there a few of you out there with experience that can make a recommedation
Posted July 06, 2007 - 08:38 AM
I raced my 2005 WR with the stock light, upgraded bulb, and helmet light.
If I was to do this again I would go with a 8" halogen from Baja Designs or their Diablo HID light.
I think the 8" would be a good light if you replace the bulb with a brighter one, but don't forget a solid helmet light cus that 8" halogen has a big fat dark spot about 10 to 15' in front of you're fender.
I never really wanted more light in the slow stuff with the stock light, but I felt I could of used 25 more feet of light on the high speed sections.
Hope this helps. You can always call Baja Designs and get the full story on lights. Or this months Dirt Rider mag has a fair write up on lights.
Posted July 06, 2007 - 09:55 AM
So your going to ride the 24 hour team race??. Nice.
We are finally getting back to Mt.Hood and out of Phoenix.
Should be up in NW by months end.
Let me know what you go with for the helmet light. I have been looking at Trail Techs SCMR16 and Nite Riders Cannibal. I think both use the same bulb, but Trail Tech tells me only 90 minutes of burn time. The Nite Rider claims 4-6 hours of burn time (says on website).
I want to do some night rides in the woods this summer, now racing is a whole different thing.
Posted July 06, 2007 - 04:13 PM
Posted July 07, 2007 - 09:43 PM
Arei got invited to ride with the shredbetty's at the 25 hr. so it looks like I have to do something for lighting. I'm leaning towards the 8" halogen and an HID helment light. The guy to talk to is Tia's dad Stan.
Posted July 09, 2007 - 08:31 AM
Due to financial reasons I will not be running HID on my YZ. I am pretty well limited to halogen for a bike light. It sounds like the 8" is the way to go here. Now the question is how many watts to run. 55? or 100?
My thought is to run the 100 as the WR stator is max rated at 130, and BD recommends the 100 for the WR. My bike is old, so I would like to have a light that I could bolt up to a new bike, and will sell the stator setup outright separate from the bike eventually.
I am thinking about the Trail Tech MR16 HID off of a battery pack because it is nice to have light when the bike stalls. Last year I was riding a friends DRZ400 with the homemade light setup wired in, the light shorted and killed the electrical system. It was DARKKKK!!!!! Never again will I get stuck out in BFE trying to solve an electrical issue without light.
The MR11 is another possibility for helmet lights, not a bright, but you get two and the battery pack will last longer. For the race all I need is a 90 minute charge, but 2.5 hours would be nice for woods rides.
The Niterider is out of the question, just too expensive from what I can see. What about the cyclops HID-004 http://www.cyclopsmo...uctsLights.html ? Has anyone ran this light? Which Trail Tech is it comparable too?
Posted July 10, 2007 - 09:05 PM
Posted August 21, 2007 - 07:20 AM
HID IS THE WAY TO GO!
I road the county road last night and was amazed at how much light this thing throws down. I could easily see a quarter mile ahead and it shatters the light my 05 Chevy puts out with High Beams. The helmet lights are not really noticed yet, but I haven't got into hilly terrain or tight stuff.
Overall I am super satisfied and amazed that I have a full HID system. I would like to ride an 8 inch halogen for comparison.