@Shiny - is that HID conversion kit using the stock lens? Performing a conversion without changing the entire assembly, including the lens, is not recommended. I read this article when I was considering lighting options for my R1200RT:
Yes, I'm familiar with that article and totally agree with it.
But I have a dilemma and it isn't easily solved. The stock bulb in the TrioOM headlight shell and reflector just doesn't throw enough light for MY eyes at freeway speeds for ME to feel safe. So I have to do something.
If I had the wattage available from a BMW tourer, I'd do exactly what I did on my R1200R with great success: add two Hella FF50 driving lamps, sold with installed HID conversions that were very bright AND very tightly focused.
I loved the triangle of light for oncoming cagers to get a clue. I never got flashed by other drivers, once I got them dialed in for point of focus. And I could see every patch of gravel out really far.
But I don't have all those watts available to me. So I have to do something.
Another choice would be to replace the stock 55/60W H4 bulb with, say, a Narva 55/100W bulb, but, again, would the Empulse's converter be happy with the extra draw? Would the shell melt from the heat?
So I'm trying the low wattage (35W) conversion and hoping for the best as an experiment. I finished the install this morning and set the preliminary height tonight. Already I can say, I'm not thrilled with the light scatter. There's a nice central bright spot (way better than stock), with a left and right lesser concentration which is, alas, higher than the central spot. I've lowered the beam so it's no higher than I feel I need to drive at 65 mph and stop within my beam illumination. BTW, the stock set up had a nice low beam pattern, very close in, but the beam disappeared into the air on high beam... couldn't see squat, except overhead freeway signs.
Then there's also the heat issue with HID, though I've read that halogen throws off more infrared. The plastic base of the the HID conversion H4 has holes drilled in it and I left the rubber seal off the back to bring more air in. I've put some gaffer's tape around the perimeter to shield for water spray in the rain. We'll see if that works!
As it stands right now, I'm going to drive around and see if I get flashed because of any glare I throw out. Then I'll lower until that stops happening. If the result is too close to the bike to be useful at highway speeds, I'll probably be forced to replace the whole headlight assembly. I'm toying with putting some HID driving lights (Hella, PIAA, etc) inside the current beautiful carbon fiber shell, maybe with a custom made surround. Or maybe a classic round headlight would look OK. Or a purpose-built HID large round driving lamp. Or...
Bottom line: I feel I MUST seek out better light and will do what it takes to achieve it. So stay tuned and any input welcome.