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Old 11-20-2012, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm away from my bike for a few days at work.

Really close to pulling the trigger on the Gotham HID 55w 6K headlight kit. I can't really figure out what running lights are. I am not aware of anything that is "on" except the low beam headlight (all the time) and the high beam by the switch on the bars. What am I missing here?

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Turn key to ON without starting bike. Those lights on are the running lights. Low beam does not come on until engine is running.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sometimes called "peanut" lights because they are the size of a peanut.
Believe they are some European regulation lights. Now on pretty much on any bike sold in Europe. Cost is less to manufacture and put them on all bikes than to make different headlights for different countries/regions.

Some older BMW bikes have a switch called a "Euro" switch that you can actually shut off the headlight in daytime. Haven't seen this style switch on anything newer (within 10 years). But I don't live in Europe either.
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Sometimes they are called City lights as well.
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Thanks guys. Gotham reports reliability issues with several diff LED replacements so their HID package doesn't include the running lights lately.


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Thanks guys. Gotham reports reliability issues with several diff LED replacements so their HID package doesn't include the running lights lately.


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PIAA 19172 168 Xtreme White Wedge Bulb - 2 Piece : Amazon.com : Automotive

Not LEDs, won't have issues and it matches the HIDs

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PIAA warrants all halogen bulbs for a period of 1 year, all LED bulbs for a period of 2 years, and all H.I.D. bulbs and ballasts for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase.
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PIAA 19172 168 Xtreme White Wedge Bulb - 2 Piece : Amazon.com : Automotive

Not LEDs, won't have issues and it matches the HIDs

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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but there are LED options right?
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I took a shot and ordered the running light bulbs that Reject just suggested. My HID kit comes next week. I'm going to try to follow the DIY thread next weekend. We shall see how it goes. I'm a 2 on the 1-10 mechanic scale.
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