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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-2016, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Options for 1990 Ninja?

So, I've been spoiled with HID's in all my previous cars, and my Ninja's headlight just doesn't have the light output I am used to. I was looking into upgrades, but can't decide which would be best for this specific motorcycle. 1990 Ninja 600R.

I have a Sylvania Silverstar Ultra in there now. Works well, but still not bright enough for my liking.

I was also looking into the PIAA Extreme White Plus, but reviews are hit and miss if they are good or not.

Another option is a bixenon HID. It's an HID that has a shroud to it. Directing light where it should go, not where it wants to go.

Or an LED kit. I've tried a kit before with a family member's car, and the bulbs only lasted 6 months before they flickered and died. Could have been just the brand though (no name Ebay special).

I would love to get a newer bike, with better lights from factory, but for now I am stuck with the 1990 for now. What would you suggest?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-20-2016, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Or if anyone knows of any better housings that are an easy swap, then I'll look into that too.
I am not opposed to another retrofit, but it surely won't work in this housing.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 02:26 AM
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I have a GPZ600R 89, (ZX600R in US) with original fairings.

Mine has a pretty good directional beam and quite bright and i can adjust the reflector behind the glass up and down and sideways.. I have fitted a BOSCH vendor(lasts long time) 3-prong like most older car headlight lamps. (makes it super cheap, as it's a "standard" bulb)

Look at these:

I use the HS1, set direction when on beam slightly below oncoming car drivers eye height, and ride on full beam permanently (safer to ride with full beam i find)
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-29-2017, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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I actually tried all the options I was debating. But I am still using the Silverstar Ultra H4 bulbs.
The PIAA were whiter, but did not throw out as much light as the Silverstar. I tried LED, but the Silverstar beat that performance too. LED is bright as can be, but the downroad light was poor.
The HID kit I tried was by far the best, and I am highly considering another more compact kit. Wiring it with a relay was a pain in the butt, since it was made for a car. Wires were too cluttered up by the headlight, so tight turns could have pinched the wires. But the test drive was awesome. The shroud on the HID was pretty sharp considering what is was, and I was able to see all around me. I didn't see too much light above the cutoff line though, which is good. I also got the 4300k model, so none of the blue you see in most HIDs.
For now though, I am using the Silverstars. It's simply the easiest replacement, and provides good enough light. I will just have to limit my night riding.
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