The fact I didn't fit them on the first available day tells you something. I was already doubting whether I would keep the GS, and it seemed a waste of time and money to spend half a day putting them on there only to take them off again. Happy to buy them, unwilling to fit them, work that one out. So on a shelf they stayed.
Today was the first dry, sunny day for weeks, so I put some warm clothes on and spent the afternoon fitting them to the XTR. I needed to take the tank shrouds and tank off to do the wiring, and what a pleasure it is to have a bike where this is a two-minute task rather than a lengthy chore. On the XTR, the sidelights and indicators share a separate fused circuit, so I tapped into this for the power source. The lights between them should only draw 2.5A, and the XTR's generator puts out a maximum of 20A, so there shouldn't be a problem with having them on full-time.
|Not matt-black and adventure-touring cool, but not two hundred quid either.|
When I got them wired up and going, I was surprised how bright they were. From the front of the bike, they are brighter than the dipped beam.
The pattern is a focused spot beam rather then a foglight-style flood, so they won't make much of a difference to the light from the rider's point of view. The Yamaha's headlight is pretty good anyway. But they do make a very distinctive triangle of lights, which should aid my conspicuity. I'm not a big fan of hi-viz, always-on lights or the crazier gadgets like headlight modulators, but if others see me and identify me as a bike rather than an odd point of light somewhere in their field of vision I will be happy. At this time of year, my evening and morning commutes are in darkness, and the majority of my journey is on fast and unlit roads. If people see an unusual triangle of lights approaching them, assume it is an alien craft full of little green men come to kidnap them, and don't pull out in front of me because of it, that is a win as far as I am concerned.
It's dark now, and I have had a bit of a play trying to get them angled so that they are visible to the front without dazzling oncoming traffic. Already I can feel that the right-hand one is starting to get loose on its bracket, so tomorrow I may need to take them off again and do some beefing-up of the fittings. Thirty quid only gets you so much.
More on this at the weekend, when I have had a chance to use them in anger, as it were.