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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Accessories HELP !

well my vn900 is stock as can be. its the classic model. thank you in advance for reading my thread.

i was recently riding it around at night and the output of the headlight was good enough for me as compared to my r1 which has dual low beam hids. i might be putting hids in the vn900 but i dont know yet. what i was thinking of getting a light bar. i looked at a few light bars and saw that they have a sealed beam. if you have a light bar, is yours a sealed beam too? also im not 100% sure on what that means but i am guessing that i just cant replace the bulb?
so first question: are all light bars sealed beam? and what does sealed beam mean?
now onto the next. i want to get a wind shield but also want those batwing fairings (not sure what they are called) something like this
with that will i be able to run a light bar? and also if you dont prefer that then what do you recommend?
so my next question is: what is your batwings/wind shield setup? and do you run a light bar?

i think those are my too questions right now.


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You got it right, it's called a batwing fairing. Memphis Shades makes one that is essentially a big extended windshield but you can also get them with radio and/or GPS already installed from Tsukayu and other companies. Whiting57 has a nicely done LT with a Memphis Shades batwing and a lightbar (Cobra, I believe) so if you look at some of his pictures you can get a better idea. Here's a post he made a while back showing the lightbar up close and a link to other pictures.

I have the MS batwing with 9" windshield but no light bar. Since the question always comes up, here's what I've posted about it height wise in the past. "If you measure straight up from 65 on the speedometer bezel to the top of the windshield, a 9" shield sits at about 16". The rake and height of the fairing itself are slightly adjustable, probably moreso for a Custom but for a Classic the headlight limits how far back/down the fairing will go." I don't know how much research you've done on them, but the wind deflectors shown in your picture that aren't in mine are $30 and the tri-pouch that I have is about $90.

You know what they say about pictures so here are a couple of the MS batwing from different angles. Let me know if you want to see more. I have a lot more and there are several other people here with fairings and we all like to show them off.



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thanks for the info.

thanks for the pictures and that link to the post. looking thru the pictures right now


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since no one answered it for you, a sealed beam light is when the whole lense and light is one piece. you change the whole thing, instead like a car where you just change the small bulb.
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thats kawboy. i thought thats what it would mean.

do you or anybody know of anything non sealed beams? i want to replace the bulbs rather than the whole fixture.

if that isnt possible i was thinking about buying like mountable projectors and either attaching them above the stock turn signal bar or to like the highway bar (which i also want to get)


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if you kept the stock headlight, you have to use a sealed beam light. the only way to not have to use one would be to change the headlight assembly. i was thinking about doing this myself, putting a couple of 4 inchers side-by-side.
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damn so im guessing a lightbar is not for me. unless i do something custom. which i most likely will. i rather stick to the one headlight rather than 2 headlights. i dont like the look


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you can still put a light bar on it even with your stock headlight. the light bar will wire into the wiring harness anyway.
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well i know i can put a light bar but i was looking for a light bar that comes with unsealed beams so i can exchange the bulbs. i was planning on putting hids


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Lighting assemblies that aren't sealed beam (i.e. the bulb plugs into the back of the assembly and can be changed without changing the lens) are called "composite" lights, so you might try a search for that. Never really looked into light bars, but it seems odd to me that there wouldn't be some available with composite light assemblies. Only question then would be whether the 9's electrical system could generate enough juice for your HIDs. Don't wanna tax that stator...it's probably the bike's only real weak point.

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