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Old 11-13-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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R1100GS: Anyone w/ dual or twin headlight?

Okay, I've checked the search and had no luck, so I am starting a post asking anyone with an R1100GS that has converted to a twin or dual headlight to chime in.

Which kind do you have, do you like it and does it put out any better light than the original bus-type rectangular headlight? Here are some options I know of:

Touratech - I believe they have three types, two with projector bulbs, although in one you have to remove your dash and replace with theirs or something similar. I really don't want to do that. The other twin projector one has smaller light pods. I think the another one they offer is one HID projector and one Xenon, this I find is most interesting, but definately not cheap.

Wunderlich did offer a dual headlight kit, not sure they still have it.

A seller in Taiwan was selling his version of the dual projector headlight on eBay, but haven's seen one posted lately. It looked a lot like the TT unit and well made. I bought one, but needed to raise some cash and sold it before I ever had it hooked up.

Something homemade?

I'd like to know people's opinions who really have made the switch and wheather they think it worth it. The TT units are quite pricey (what's new huh?) and I'm sure Wunderlich won't be giving them away either. Anyway show and tell time.

Thanks in advance for anyone's response who has real world experience with this modification.

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Old 11-13-2009, 05:30 PM   #2
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Looks interesting, but no information on whether it improves things, where you got them or if you made yourself from parts off another bike. Gary
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
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I have the Touratech dual DE headlights. They're OK with the stock halogen H3s and are VERY nice if you convert them to HID (3200K low beam, 4300K high beam). The issue with them is that light up in front of you quite well, but the ditches are dark. That was solved with a Hella micro DE fog light with a 4300K HID kit installed. Totally awesome combo.


TT Dual DE Lights with Hasenwerk light grille


4300K HID high beam on left, 3200K HID low beam on right
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:29 AM   #5
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I got hold of a set of the Touratech ones which had some glass reflectors and lenses fitted, they were marked Stanley so must have come from something Japanese, I was hoping to convert them to HID but there was no space in the headlight shell for the bits that hang off the burners, I only rode in the dark with them once, thank heavens I had the FF50s or it would have taken forever to get home, I Ebayed them and got the stock bus headlight with my HID back on pretty quick.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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I have the Touratech dual DE headlights. They're OK with the stock halogen H3s and are VERY nice if you convert them to HID (3200K low beam, 4300K high beam). The issue with them is that light up in front of you quite well, but the ditches are dark. That was solved with a Hella micro DE fog light with a 4300K HID kit installed. Totally awesome combo.
hasenwerk - Thanks for the info and the pics. Did you get to keep your stock dash/instrument panel with this set up?

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I got hold of a set of the Touratech ones which had some glass reflectors and lenses fitted, they were marked Stanley so must have come from something Japanese, I was hoping to convert them to HID but there was no space in the headlight shell for the bits that hang off the burners, I only rode in the dark with them once, thank heavens I had the FF50s or it would have taken forever to get home, I Ebayed them and got the stock bus headlight with my HID back on pretty quick.
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Oilybimmer, thanks, I seem to get the impression that this upgrade, isn't always an upgrade. I have a set of PIAA 540s as back ups I guess if the bus headlight goes out and to use with the high beams.


Thanks everyone, and keep those comments coming.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:49 PM   #7
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hasenwerk - Thanks for the info and the pics. Did you get to keep your stock dash/instrument panel with this set up?
Yes, the original instrument cluster is there - all works / fits like a glove!



You can just see the bracket for the lights under the panel.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:59 PM   #8
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do you run both at the same time ?

Hi

When on High/brights - do you end up burning both the high and low beams at the same time?

Do you have any photo's of the light spread?

Thanks, Cool looking setup

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I have the Touratech dual DE headlights. They're OK with the stock halogen H3s and are VERY nice if you convert them to HID (3200K low beam, 4300K high beam). The issue with them is that light up in front of you quite well, but the ditches are dark. That was solved with a Hella micro DE fog light with a 4300K HID kit installed. Totally awesome combo.


TT Dual DE Lights with Hasenwerk light grille


4300K HID high beam on left, 3200K HID low beam on right
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:31 PM   #9
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Hi

When on High/brights - do you end up burning both the high and low beams at the same time?

Do you have any photo's of the light spread?

Thanks, Cool looking setup

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The low beam comes on with the engine via a relay triggered by the alternator "idiot" light. It is always on while the engine is running.

The high beam is triggered via the high beam circuit.

Both lights are on during high beam mode.

No photos of the light spread. I would estimate circa 30 to 35 degrees which is really not enough if you want to watch out for things in the ditch like deer or hunting for the little side road at any sort of speed. As far as throwing light down the road - WAY better than stock. I installed a single Hella Micro DE fog light and converted that to 4300K HID and it is now what I would call perfect as far as lighting up the road and ditch. I would never switch back.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:10 AM   #10
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TT head lamp

I has one of the TT Projector lamps fitted to the GS with and without HID globes,
I found that the low beam is not as good as the OEM BM headlamp, as the TT lamp has a narrow beam with no light at the sides....makes it hard to see the Roos, the high beam is good as it acts like a pencil beam.
I decided to run the original headlamp with a very good quality H4 globe such as a Nava Blue power or the Phillips silver globe 55/60 w which is spoken about more on the US forums.
The H4 blue power globe gives a very good beam and brightness, much better than the TT projector lamp, and fitting a H4 HID lamp, as there are beam focus issues with H4 HID globes.
I would try better H4 globes before buying a TT lamp.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #11
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:31 PM   #12
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Those look like they'd do the job, I'll try and see if I can't find posts related to them. Thanks


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Old 11-20-2009, 06:48 PM   #13
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Those look like they'd do the job, I'll try and see if I can't find posts related to them. Thanks

just PM Twin headlight ernie,,, look him up in the 'inmates' section, he would be glad to help you
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R1100GS Touratech twin headlight on Ebay NOW, take a look.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:43 PM   #15
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Thanks folks

Thanks for the reply -- I'm more interested in what people who have these things think, doesn't it work, or does it, rather than purchasing one right now. I did see the TT Dual Light on eBay, but thanks for the heads up. Gary
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