DonOR wrote:I installed an HID setup in last year.... weather permitting, I ride at night almost as often as in daylight.
Fits in the standard globe, I did take a couple hours to fit the ballast, relay, etc. But that sucker is bright! at only 20 watts, it puts out 3 times the light of a quartz H4... I often get oncoming cars flashing their brights at me in daylight!
None of my business but if you're using the HID with the original lensing system, then people are flashing you so often for possibly two reasons:
1) Your headlamp may be adjusted too high/too far toward the oncoming lane. I see this often since PA inspection laws require headlight aiming be checked on every vehicle and when I check bikes it isn't unusual for the light to be way off.
2) Induced glare. For example, from Wikipedia:
Beginning in the early 1990s, HID lamps have been employed in motor vehicle headlamps. This application has met with mixed responses from motorists, who appreciate the improved nighttime visibility from HID headlamps but object to the glare they can cause. Internationalized European vehicle regulations require such headlamps to be equipped with lens cleaners and an automatic self-leveling system to keep the beams aimed correctly regardless of vehicle load and attitude, but no such devices are required on motorcycles, or in North America, where ECE regulations are inapplicable and inherently more glaring beam patterns are also permitted. However, The fitting of HID conversion kits (which include HID lamps that fit into original headlamp units in place of the original bulbs with no change to the headlamp's lens, reflector or housing) generally results in extremely high levels of glare, and is illegal throughout most of the world
. However, complete halogen headlamp units can be replaced with complete HID headlamp units, provided that the replacement headlamp units comply with the applicable standards.