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Old May 20th 2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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Lousy headlights

Has anyone else ridden the V4 at night out in the country where it is actually truly dark? The first time I did , I was following some other traffic for a short while until they all eventually turned off. I was then travelling along a straight section on my own so had a chance to use the throttle a bit. Tipping into the turn at the end of the straight I found myself utterly blind as the fairing allows no peripheral light above the nose point and therefore cutting off the light beam at a roughly 45 degree angle from about 4-8 metres (or more or less depending how much lean angle used) directly in front of the bike. I could not see through the turn at all. It's a lucky thing I was on a road I know as I could only follow the white lines appearing out of the darkness about 3 metres away from the front tyre. The headlights are crap.
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Old May 20th 2018, 03:54 PM   #2
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form before function... I think we all know this about Italian products
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Old May 20th 2018, 05:48 PM   #3
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Agreed, the lights are worthless.
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Old May 20th 2018, 07:08 PM   #4
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Why would anyone ride at night? How are they going to tell what you're riding while parked @ Starbucks at night?? Seems counter-intuitive..
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Old May 20th 2018, 09:36 PM   #5
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I dunno, I rode a Supersport as a loaner while my V4 had its radiator fan replaced and those headlights were true garbage. I was absolutely blind one night in the rain and there was no difference when turning on the "brights".

With the V4, the normal high setting seems to do well enough for me, and I pull the trigger for the brights when dipping into corners. Of course, I don't go bombing hard into corners at night so I haven't found the limits of the brights, they do well enough at illuminating the peripheral at modest cornering speeds.
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Old May 20th 2018, 09:48 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by MotoX183 View Post
Why would anyone ride at night? How are they going to tell what you're riding while parked @ Starbucks at night?? Seems counter-intuitive..
I know, I know,... What was I thinking? How dare i think that I shouldn't have to follow an XV650 Yamaharley with a learner on board on my Ducati superbike at night so that I can use his/her headlights to see...
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Old May 21st 2018, 11:59 AM   #7
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Fwiw, I have hardly ever found a motorbike with truly good headlights. Ducati is just more of the same. I see them more as an emergency measure.
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Old May 22nd 2018, 01:39 AM   #8
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Fwiw, I have hardly ever found a motorbike with truly good headlights. Ducati is just more of the same. I see them more as an emergency measure.
Seems you weren't riding bikes in the '80s or '90s then . You could do all your favourite rides even harder at night using race lines through turns because oncoming traffic could be seen by the approaching glow. Nearly all the two strokes and big bore Gixxers , Fizzers , Cebers , Gepexxers had great headlights!
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Old May 22nd 2018, 07:33 AM   #9
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never ridden the v4 at night but i did find my monster head light is awesome at night but again, it's not countryside, just went to CBD and some night cruise.....
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Old May 23rd 2018, 06:48 PM   #10
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Ran into this last night. Is there a way to turn on the high beams and leave them on?? I hit every button last night I ended up just holding the flash to pass button when I needed it... Terrible headlights but that's why it looks so good, I'm not mad.
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