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Old 6 Feb 2010
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2007 KLE headlights

Just wondering if on the 2007 KLE both headlights should be running when on high beam?
I blew a low beam bulb yesterday and once I replaced and tested it, when on low beam, only the L/H light runs (Australia) and when on high beam, only the R/H headlight runs.
Is this the way it should be?
I would have thought that on high beam, both the low and high beam would be running?
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Hi John, Your lights are working fine. Only one bulb is on at a time. Safe riding, Aaron
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Cheers Aaron,
Thought I might be encountering some electrical gremlins ;-)
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Unless you press the 'pass' button on the left grip in which case both bulbs are lit together.
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Thanks Lone Star. I actually tried that and the results were exactly how you described. It just seems strange that kawasaki didn't find it necessary to have all lights blazing on high beam?
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It does seem weird. I just read about adding a relay so that when the high beam is on it triggers the relay to power the low beam from a direct (fused) feed from the battery. Actually doing this will make the light brighter anyway as there will be less current drop.

I might do this myself.

On a similar note I realised I will have to manage power comsumption on my KLE more than on previous bikes. I fitted 2 NARVA 55w fog lights and when I turn them on the voltage at the battery drops slowly from 14.5 to 12.5 so I have ordered 2 35w bulbs... hopefully 40w less drain will do the trick.

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Thanks Lone Star. I actually tried that and the results were exactly how you described. It just seems strange that kawasaki didn't find it necessary to have all lights blazing on high beam?
JQ
I dunno mate - maybe a 'drain' issue on the battery or something. You will be surprised how bright the lights on a KLE are. I had a day ride recently with a mate (Gday Alec...) who has a KLE as well. I led most of the way and the light from his bike was surprisingly bright from a fairly good distance away - even through moderate dust - in my mirrors. I might get him to hit the high beam next time we're out to check that out as well. It gives me a little more confidence that we can be seen out there...
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The KLE lights are some of the best standard ones I have seen on a d/s bike. Interestingly, the same light arrangment is shared with the KLR650 and the Z1000 roadie (Z1 is wired for two lights on high beam though).

I would be a little hesitant to relay in the high beam with the std 55W lights because of the overall current draw (especially adding heated grips and other accessories). I have converted to 35W HID's (Cheap car kit from ebay) and these reflectors work very well with the conversion (I have posted a how-to somewhere on here for the conversion and also the relay install)

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If you want more light you should check out Xenon (I think that's what they're called) bulbs. You can pick them up cheap on ebay. Also, elbow grease - they say you can lose 40% of light on dirt.
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