Originally Posted by modeselector
What he said. You will discover when you take if off pavement, you will be replacing the wimpy bulb often.
I hear what you're saying, but my real world experience tells me different.
I have 800 miles on the bike now, over 300 of which is offroad. Bulb is just fine.
Not trying to be a doink here, as I also know that LEDs will last longer ultimately, so I know what you're saying makes sense. I like big, obvious lights, hence my desire to keep the factory gear in place. I may actually replace the bulbs themselves with LED bulbs, solving the broken element issues that'll happen eventually. But if the socket in the factory tail light is wonky, a new bulb won't cure that. :(
I'm trying to avoid shelling out another hundred bucks on a part I might not need given how I ride. This might be my problem... *sigh*