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Old 08-14-2006, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lighting

what do you guys do for lighting?

I have a cheap 10 dollar bell light that we've been using for rails to trails so when we get caught out at night we can get home. But i've been thinking about buying a nice light for actual off road riding.

Obviously the HID lighting seems to be the way to go, BUT i don't think i can afford 5 or 600 bucks for a light for my bike. My bike only cost me 1600!! anyone have any suggestions on lighthng?

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Old 08-15-2006, 04:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Long time ago when I still had my Rancho bike I took apart a large flashlight that used one of those big square batteries and wire it to the front of my bike and hooked up two batteries in the middle. I didn't have a pack or bottle there because I had a carring thing above the rear tire.

Worked nice but needed some good brackets, I had a crash once and well never put the setup back together and sold the bike.
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I have a JET Phantom that I like, but even it for off road is iffy..

I'd like another so one is helmet mount and one is bar mount
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i have the dual beam niterider. pre HID. works great on and off road. that or get 2 decent single beam lites, run one on the bar and the other on your helmet
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I had a Niterider "Trail Rat" that was 10 watts @ 6 volts. I bought a lithion ion battery pack (4500 mah I think?) from www.batteryspace.com, in addition to a 12V bulb. The 12V bulb fit right into the housing, so I could re-use the switch that was in the housing, and I wired it up to use the new 14.XX volt battery. So now I've got 20 watts @ 14.something volts and it lasts 4+ hours at 20 watts. I've actually never seen how long it would take to completely die, but I'm sure it's 5 hours or so.
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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well i broke down and purchased a niterider Moab HID. I used it tonight int he woods and i'm thrilled with it. plus 7-11hrs of burn time is pretty sick
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The earlier Nightrider HIDs can be had for closer to $250 used on ebay.
Once you've used an HID it's hard to go without.
I've lent mine out to three friends.
All three then bought their own.
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Old 10-02-2006, 06:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think that Nightrider is CRAPO and Anything else for that matter

the light they put out is really LAME

I build my own

years ago I built and sold them using lead batteries from the Defiberators and $13. battery chargers

Now I use NMH

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2" black PVC Elbow
12 volt GE Spot halogen 20 watts
12 volt GE Flood halogen 15 watt
Independant weather resistant thumb switches with velcro to hold near handle bar grips
3500 mah nmh AA size, x12, fits inside a water bottle
14.4 volts

Independantly switch to Flood light when riding slow and switch to Long Range Spot light when riding Fast , or both for Super Bright

You can Fly down the trail and everything is Super Bright

I have the BRIGHTEST LIGHTS on the Trail
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