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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Are these HID lights ?

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California.
Land of the ultimate in totalitarian, idiotic bureaucracies.

Need to have what is called by the DMV a "brake & Light Inspection". There are only a few places here in San Diego who do that for motorcycles - have an appointment tomiorrow at 8am.

The intent is to verify the bike's brakes are working (and pad/rotors within specs), and verify the OEM lights are all working. The inspection place told me specifically I need to remove all the Kuryakyn LED strips (not good enough to just unplug them). California.

The big question is this: the inspection gal said HID lights would be an automatic fail, so I need to be sure I have OEM lights. I just got this and don't know what was done before --- and don't know what HID lights would look like (and don't want to have to start removing fairing to check for crap).

Here is a photo of the headlights and the fog lights. Some have that nice looking "cup" over the bulb. Does that mean they are HID?



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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 04:36 PM
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I'd say go for it and see how you make out. If they fail you for lights then you have to change them. But if you pass great. I'd take my chances.
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The high beam on the left is definitely a halogen bulb, not HID.
It is harder to see the low beam bulb behind its shield, but it also looks like a halogen.
When you turn on the headlights, if one set were HID it would be ridiculously bright and pure white with a tinge of blue, with absolutely no yellow like you get from a halogen.
The fogs also look like they're halogen, but I am unfamiliar with that type of fog that you have installed.

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Thanks, guys!

I saw the heat shield (the "cap") on both the LB and the fog light, and got all worried. But maybe that's just the way they were made.
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All looks stock to me

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Gotta ask, why is HID a fail?

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Gotta ask, why is HID a fail?
It's just California = not for any rational or logical reason.

I called Kuryakyn Tech Support on the off chance their LED lighting stuff was DOT approved (and thus would "pass" the inspection). The tech guy said, and I quote: "just unplug the stuff - no state can fail you just because our lights are there but unplugged." Little does he know what it's like in a totalitarian state. The inspection place specifically told me I have to UNINSTALL these lights - unplugging them but leaving them installed will still lead to a "fail".

Just hope, guys, 'california' does not spread to other states and vote wisely. Vote. And vote wisely.
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HID's must be self leveling in my state to be legal. Meaning a motorized adjusting system that keeps them properly aimed low enough to keep them out of oncoming drivers eyes. The Toyota has them and you can see them adjust as you drive. The gold wing does not have self leveling headlights. The KL1600 does. $$$$$$$. To the original poster all lights appear to be DOT approved halogens from the pictures.
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I'm not sure, but I think a lot of states have a law about the use of HIDs having to be in a factory designed/installed HID reflector assembly for proper use. The factory fixtures won't meet that requirement.

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Gotta ask, why is HID a fail?
To many running around with 'off-road' lights and blinding on-coming traffic.

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