I need a new headlight

Want to know how I know that?

I'll start with the fact that I hardly ever turn off my high beam.  I whole heartedly believe that it assists in my daytime, dusk and evening visibility.

I was pulling out of the garage at work and took note of my reflection in a window.  I noticed that said reflection was missing some very vital light.  Flipping the light switch to low beam showed that it was working, but I was SOL for my high beam.

I was not pleased.  Not only do I use my high beam the most, but it was dark and I had to travel on some roads that do not have street lights and are very much surrounded by forest.

That was the first reason that popped up for needing a new headlight.  The second reason involved a rather large furry animal on the above mentioned road with no street lights.

If my high beam had been working, I would have noticed the dog sized racoon that had stumbled onto the road.  Unfortunately, the high beam was not working and I saw the racoon come to a stop about a whisker length away from my front wheel.

I'm still having visions of what could have happened had the furry little critter wandered just a little closer or not stopped at all.  Gives me chills.

So there you go...I need a new head light...really really soon.


Dean "D-Day" said...

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Beaker said...


I upgraded my globe from the standard 60/55 to a 130/90 and no longer need to run it on high beam as it is heaps brighter. May be worth a look for ya.

Dean "D-Day" said...

I'll have to try that one. My low beam really sucks!

Giest said...

I use the Silvania Silverstars, myself. They aren't over the standard rating for the bike, but they provide a much cleaner light that gets thrown much further ahead. I think I need to adjust my low beam. It may be pointing too low...

Anonymous said...

By all means get that puppy replaced. I would be lost and scared to death to ride without my hi-beam. Living in Alabama I get plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with deer as the deer population down here is exploding. Glad you're taking the replacement of that light seriously.
Great blog by the way!

Kathleen Jennette said...

Yep... its getting dark sooner nowadays too! Autumn is here and the lights go on! Ride Safe.