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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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I am very interested in possibly buying a Cross Country in the near future, and am curious how the stock single headlight performs?

My current bike which is dual headlight which I currently upgraded to led lighting is excellent.

Any former Harley touring riders with input would really be helpful, not looking for comparison against the led's but I have a Road King with passing lamps, and Road Glide as well.

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post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 10:01 AM
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I came from a 2002 GoldWing that had 4 lamps - 2 low and 2 high. While the XCT single headlight (1 high 1 low) isn't as bright as the GW, it is definitely good enough. I did, however, supplement it with LED lights...



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I upgraded the stock bulbs with the VictoryHID high and low beams from http://victoryhid.com. $80.00 for both and ballasts, and I selected the 5K color because its the brightest white without going into the blue spectrum. I certainly don't have ANY regrets doing it!

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Thanks for the info toejam, I really like these bikes and just want to make sure I have all my bases covered before I take the plunge.
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Single head lights have been around for ever cause they work good. My old street glide had one and I could see just fine on all my trips.
I think a HID light is brighter then your LED light nd its way cheaper.
However, HID lights are much brighter than current LED configurations. This is because the side-emitting light found with HIDs is much easier to focus; the front-emitting nature of LEDs does not lend itself to a tightly focused beam. HID lighting is still preferred by most divers given the superior intensity and tight focus. However, LED technology is changing rapidly and it is foreseeable that LEDs will eventually surpass the performance of HID lighting.
Keep in mind car LED's are brighter cause the car alternator puts out more voltage then a h-d voltage

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The stock headlight is very good. I ride at nite a lot and I have no problems seeing. You certainly upgrade it hid if you want more light. For only 80 bucks you can't go wrong.

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It's ok. My 919 with a single headlight and bulb (dual filament) is better, my aprilia that I did a projector retrofit with HID is better still. The beam is nice and wide and the light output is sufficient for a relaxed pace on a relatively open road. In the tight wooded backroads of CT I found it to be a bit lacking but not so much that I think I'll need more than an upgraded halogen bulb. I'm completely against using HID bulbs in halogen reflectors but that's a rant that's not needed in this thread.

I will say that I find the high beam to be all but worthless. It adds a bit of extra light but the difference is so small I don't bother with it most of the time. That may be due to the bulb itself being sub par, I don't know what victory installs from the factory. At some point in the near future I'll be replacing both bulbs with something along the lines of a silverstar or similar. If I'm still not satisfied with the output I'll gut the headlight and do a bixenon projector retrofit like I did on my aprilia.

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[QUOTE=soofle616;934393]It's ok. My 919 with a single headlight and bulb (dual filament) is better, my aprilia that I did a projector retrofit with HID is better still. The beam is nice and wide and the light output is sufficient for a relaxed pace on a relatively open road. In the tight wooded backroads of CT I found it to be a bit lacking but not so much that I think I'll need more than an upgraded halogen bulb. I'm completely against using HID bulbs in halogen reflectors but that's a rant that's not needed in this thread.

If a Cross Country is in my future I was definitely going to consider the HID replacement, at $80 its a no brainer. Without starting a rant can I ask why you dont like HID bulbs in a halogen reflector, and before 2013 didn't the Cross Country come with and HID bulb low beam standard? Did they change the reflector starting in 2013?
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Since we're on the subject of headlights / lights, can someone please tell me what is the best position for the side lamps. When I have the left lamp directed to the left toward the road center line and lower than the headlamp it's quite cocked to the left rather than straight.
Looks kind of goofy.

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My last HD had a single LED( TL Phase7), the stock XC didn't cut it. I recently added a VictoryHID 6000k hi/low kit and it does a great job and made a huge difference.
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