WR450 nightride comments appreciated
Posted July 07, 2008 - 02:20 PM
Posted July 07, 2008 - 02:52 PM
If you were considering desert or grand prix type night riding I would recommend HID which is more involved $$$$$
Posted July 07, 2008 - 03:01 PM
Posted July 07, 2008 - 03:09 PM
I have run at night plenty of times with no problems. I would recommend a helmet mounted light in addition just to increase visibility though.
It will give you just a little more.
Are you considering doing the big bear night ride? Are those the mountains you refer to?
Posted July 07, 2008 - 04:03 PM
Posted July 07, 2008 - 04:25 PM
Thanks for all the feedback. Helmet light sounds like plenty of extra light if it needed at all. Question though; I'm 55watt bulb on the bike, helmet light ties in and take another 35 watts, am I going to be draining the battery while riding and using 90 watts total? Some talk of needing a bigger stator/winding to pump the juice for 90 watts verses the stock 55 watts comes to mind. Any thoughts on that? Thanks.
With no stator mods, if you tie into the battery you will put a load on it that it cannot replenish. I believe the stock system was something like 20-30 watts DC to the battery and maybe 80-90 watts ac to the headlight. If you had to tie into something, go into the ac output. At worst, it will give you a more yellow light at low revs.
Posted July 08, 2008 - 10:08 AM
I cannot give you a report right now on how much light it gives but my research tells me it is the most wattage you can get without modifing the electrical system. You will need a glass headlight lens which I believe comes stock on the 05 WR ( more watts= more heat)
I would not recommend this for any heavy 4th or 5th gear riding situations but it should be great for playing around in the forest. It will also be great for getting you home after a long ride
the Helmet light also is a good idea since it gives you a back up.