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Old 2 Jan 2007
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Tenere headlight upgrade

Hi everyone. New to this forum.

I have an xtz750 Super Tenere and I would like to upgrade the headlight bulbs. At the moment it has the Osram S2 which are 35w/35w but I would like a bit brighter like some of our continental friends. Has anyone any ideas?
The fittings are a little unusual, quite similar to UK household bayonet connection but with the lugs higher up toward the glass.
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I think the XTZ750 (at least mine) has got on the left side a H4 bulb:



and on the right side a H1 bulb:



The H4 does work on Hi and Low Setting, the H1 does only work on Hi Position.

What you actually can do... It is possible to change the H1 on the right side to a second H4 and give you the same light on both sides and an increase in low and hi light.

Beside this, there are lots of replacement bulbs up to 100W available and will probably work, BUT BE AWARE of that these 100W are coming from somewhere and will go somewhere.... (Battery / alternator / charging circuit / heat in the lamp case)

Possible too, should be a conversion to "real" HID Xenon with stuff like this: http://www.xtralights.com/index.asp?...59732756815.81
but I have no clue of the relieability of these conversion kits on a bike / RTW bike :-)

I think the second H4 should be no problem, any other change can lead in major problems..... (by the way, ASFAIK all of these changes are illegal in europe, at least where I am from, they are.)
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Many thanks. I currently have bulbs that are completely different to both those you show. The bike came from Italy but looking through the manual, the bulb set up appears to be the same as UK. I am looking to put in at least 60w/60w as a ride home in the dark the other night was less than enjoyable.


These are the bulbs currently fitted. I am not too worried about the legal issues faced. I will obviusly need to change the bulb holder and also check to see the new one fits the recess at the rear of the lens. With regards to the law, do they want safe bikers or broken ones?!

Thanks again.
Steve.
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maybe you want to ask the guys at the uk supertenere board at http://supertenere.proboards20.com/

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Thanks DukeXTZ, been spreading the word on several forums now. Just keen on getting a bit more candlepower. Naughty tinted visor doesnt help but I ride with it up if I venture out in the dark.
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My XTZ was a standard UK model and had 2x 35w/35w bulbs that would both be on at the same time. They weren't halogen but had the same fittings as the H4.
Initially, I wired them to operate via a pair of switching relays, to negate any voltage drop in the wiring. This improved them quite a bit, but I still wanted more, so I changed the bulbs to 2x 60w/55w halogen H4s. They worked a treat and as the lens is glass - no problem with excess heat.
If you fit these bulbs, you must connect them via a pair of relays, otherwise the higher current flow will destroy the switch unit or the wiring.
The extra power this system uses is absolutely no problem for the alternator/charging circuit.
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More thanks. I,ve now got a wiring diagram for the relays. Upgraded to 45/40 bulbs at present. Will look into changing the fittings and moving on to the H1 and/or H4. With the condition of some of our roads out there I like a bit more lead-in time. Always driven 4x4's in the past and never given a second thought to the road surface. Its a bit different when you're down to a few square inches.
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maybe this can be of some help to you. altough its a how-to for the AT its on the same topic

http://www.xrv.org.uk/articles/headlight_conversion.php
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