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Old 24 May 2007
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TTRE Headlamp

Whilst giving my TTRE (2005) some post trip TLC, I went to replace the headlamp as the filament gave out 100 miles in to a 25,000 mile trip!
To cut a long story short, the lamp is a 35/35 watt unit, not a 60/55 watt as on my TTR (2001), or in the handbook or the service manual. Checked my wifes' TTRE (2005), hers too (35/35).
The lampholder will not take a 60/55 H4 lamp- any ideas????
I know the TTRE was a bit of a stop gap from XTe and TTR to XT660R and a few things do not seem to have been thought through properly. I wonder if it is because the TTRE's do not strart brilliantly and the alternator/ battery are not huge capacity.
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Disillusioned!

Leigh,
And I thought that the RE version is the answer to the "problems" of the kickstart model!!
I did not realise that the starting of the RE is a bit "weak" and the system does not have much electrical capacity. There is some scope here for another thread to see what is the best choice of bike for this consideration??!

Would a Xenon bulb help? - I think that is what they are called - a "brighter" light for the same power consumption if the blurb is to be believed (those that give a bluish tinge to the headlight).

I guess you have to consider how much you ride at night after that possibility, including riding the TTR when it is dark!!

Not much help overall I realise but it seems to me that once one is faced with the limitations of a bike that were designed into it then it may be time to consider up-grading - goes through my mind about twice per day!!

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Wouldn't change the bike, just the headlamp. Will look at my TTR microfiche and see about getting H4 type lampholder.
I don't ride at night normally, had to one night in Argentina and nearly got wiped out by a huge artic'. I guess he couldn't see my dazzling 35 watt high beam.( All I could see were about 10 spotlights, then felt the rush of air as he missed me by about 1mm!)
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Leigh,

In contrast, in the last 10 years or so I have been constantly changing bikes: A case of so many bikes, so little time!
I guess that is where we differ, because I will have multiple bikes in ownership but they will all be different (not too many at present, as it happens!). As a whim, I may aim to own a single, twin (V preferably), triple (we all know which manufacturer) and an in-line 4 (or V four?) all at the same time!!

I've considered getting a new headlight for the TT600R because it is super-motoed at present - I have the off-road wheels to fit as well sometime but that will be later when "that" engine problem is sorted.

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Bright light

Got to ask.
Don't you all use your head light during the day. Then you want it as bright as possible for both night and day..
Here in Australia (and I'm sure in may other countries) it's law. Bikes must use head lights at all times.
Since the late 80's they are on once the engine starts, with out modifying the system you can't switch it off. (and why would you want to)
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Permanent lights on looks like a Volvo!!

In a word, no.

Often I will have the headlight on but there are times when I do not - personal choice, depending on my assessment of everything that is going on around me including such things as the weather.
Mark,

Modern bikes are supplied with the lights permanently on as you describe:
I know riders who have insisted when buying a new bike that an on/off switch is added by the dealer before delivery of the bike (and at the cost of the dealer)..... I have never owned a bike that does not have such a switch. The law here in UK is to use lights in poor light conditions such as falling rain.

Dave

ps You ask when I would want the lights off: all military machines have a switch that cuts all lighting - very useful for a spot of poaching after dark!!
I would not want my lights on at all while riding "off road" trails - likely to upset the ramblers
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