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I have a 2004 RC51; noticed that on low beams only the left headlight is on; and on high beams the right headlight comes on and the left headlight stays at the same brightness. Is this how the high beams work on an RC51, just going from one beam to two??
 

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Yep it is a Honda thing. Be ready for a bazillion people telling you that your light is out :rotfl:
 

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Thanks for clearing this up; I just finished the flapper valve mod and I thought I screwed up the wiring when replacing the upper fairing.
 

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Yep it is a Honda thing. Be ready for a bazillion people telling you that your light is out :rotfl:

This is way too true. Everyone tells me my light is burnt out. I have even had an old man run up and stop me before I took off to tell me my light was out. When I went to get my bike inspected, the guy almost failed me because he didn't believe that that's how the headlights are supposed to work. I had to stand there and argue with him till he could get another mechanic to support this. :thumbd:
 

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This is way too true. Everyone tells me my light is burnt out. I have even had an old man run up and stop me before I took off to tell me my light was out. When I went to get my bike inspected, the guy almost failed me because he didn't believe that that's how the headlights are supposed to work. I had to stand there and argue with him till he could get another mechanic to support this. :thumbd:


i hear you honor......out here people had never even heard of an rc 51, when i would tell them it was an "rc51" they automatically though it was a 500 or 600 cc engine..........until i turned it on:evilaugh: :evilaugh: :evilaugh:
 

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i hear you honor......out here people had never even heard of an rc 51, when i would tell them it was an "rc51" they automatically though it was a 500 or 600 cc engine..........until i turned it on:evilaugh: :evilaugh: :evilaugh:
:) :) I liked being parked somewhere and some HD dudes would start huffing and puffing about crotch rocket and how they like big twins and their sound.
I'd play innocent and advocate for rice burning jap bikes then I'd start it up and they would stick their thumbs in their mouth and cry "momma" :)
It is like an HD but revs twice as high!
 

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There are other twin light systems where the left goes on alone and on high beams the left has a double element which switches focal point to high beam and the right comes on as high beam only. If you search the threads you may find tricks on how you can switch to double double element bulbs but I suspect you may overload your electrics with other ill effects.
Then for US bikes there is the eye brow modification where you can install little pilot light on the top outter corners easily and maybe even get a non US triple position light switch lo/mid/high.
In areas where lights are not mandatory during daytime you can pull the left plug off the light and ride with lights out, then if you need to draw attention to traffic you are passing or on two lane two way rural areas turn the high beam on. Nobody complains of being blinded on a bright sunny day by a high beam.
 

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:) :) I liked being parked somewhere and some HD dudes would start huffing and puffing about crotch rocket and how they like big twins and their sound.
I'd play innocent and advocate for rice burning jap bikes then I'd start it up and they would stick their thumbs in their mouth and cry "momma" :)
It is like an HD but revs twice as high!


:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: i have tons of friends that try and convince me to buy a harley cause "its reliable".......bs!!! i cant complain about honda, it has treated me well being my first bike. and you are absolutely correct zero, until they hear that puppy roar, then they start asking questions..........i had a guy that was so convinced that my "v twin" was not fast enough for his heavy hog with saddle bags and actually wanted to bet me money on a race..........i would have taken his money but he had been under the influence and i want him to think i robbed him the next day...:nono:, i dont think i would have had to go past 2nd gear..........but im no racer, i just like to cruise and burn gas you know
 

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Just a question, has anyone used a conversion kit successfully to get light out of both lamps using dual filament bulbs? (both high and low beams) If so, was the visibility at night noticeably better?
 

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i hear you honor......out here people had never even heard of an rc 51, when i would tell them it was an "rc51" they automatically though it was a 500 or 600 cc engine..........until i turned it on:evilaugh: :evilaugh: :evilaugh:
I keep getting asked if the Blade is a 600! (theres even a 954RR sticker on the tail!)

Just a question, has anyone used a conversion kit successfully to get light out of both lamps using dual filament bulbs? (both high and low beams) If so, was the visibility at night noticeably better?
I think the reflector on the back has been set up for long range and one for short range so you'll have to change a few more things. Seems too much work IMO.
 

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If you want bright lights SCOTT AKA CBR 400 has an HID kit that he installed on my rc low beam and going from san diego back to las vegas at 11 pm was JUST LIKE DAYLIGHT !!! Now i want to put it on my high beam:evilaugh:
 

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This may be a dumb question, but can you adjust the headlights? My low beam is bright but not nearly high enough. I live in a rural area and in the dark can only see about 50 feet in front of me on low beam. Thanks
 

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This may be a dumb question, but can you adjust the headlights? My low beam is bright but not nearly high enough. I live in a rural area and in the dark can only see about 50 feet in front of me on low beam. Thanks

Yep, there are screws on the back for it.
 
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