|PIAA Xtreme White series bulb|
However, if you get serious about long distance riding, you should consider installing an auxiliary lighting system.
Let me show you the auxiliary light systems that I have installed on my 2007 Yamaha FJR.
I have 2 sets of auxiliary lights on the FJR. The top set are my main auxiliary lights and HIDs type lights with external ballasts. The lights were sold by Future Vision, model 4GHID, but are no longer available. The 4GHID come on with hi beams (when switched on). The lower set of lights are PIA1100XX halogen lights and come on with the low beam (when switched on). I use the PIA1100XX during the day to provide "triangulation" which is a proven safety measure, as well as at night in foggy conditions.
|4GHID Lights. Light brackets are from FJR Goodies.|
|Both sets of lights are controlled via a switch box from BLM Accessories mounted on the front brake reservoir. The left ON-OFF switch controls the PIA1100XX. When switched ON the PIA1100XX will come on only when the main headlights are in low beam. The two ON-OFF-ON switches on the right are for the 4GHIDs. If the switch(s) is placed in the bottom ON position, the 4GHIDs will only turn on when the main headlamps are switched to hi beam. If the 4GHID switch(s) are selected to the top ON position, the power to the 4GHIDs will bypass the relays and stay on all the time. This provides redundancy in the event of failure of relay(s) (shown later in the post).|
|Closeup of BLM Switch Box.|
I installed a HID low beam bulb in the right headlamp. The HID bulb was also sourced from Future Vision.
|HID Low Beam for Right Headlamp.|
|Ballast for HID Low Beam. Very slim and compact.|
|Locations of installed ballasts for right headlamp and right 4GHID aux light. The left ballast is for the 4GHID. I had to remove plastic from the battery box to get these two ballasts to fit. It was a tight fit but ultimately worked out well.|
|Location of the 4GHID ballast for the left Aux. Light.|
Wiring for the lights took some time. I will provide a separate write up on how the wiring for the bike was done. For this post, I want point out that I used 2 separate Fuzeblocks to supply power to the various lights. The Fuzeblock on the right of the bike (top Fuzeblock in next picture) supplied power separately to the right HID headlamp and the right aux 4GHID lamp. The Fuzeblock on the left of the bike (bottom in the next picture) supplied power to the left aux 4GHID and PIA1100XX lamps. Each Fuzeblock is supplied from a separate fused line directly back to the battery. The left stock headlamp was left connected to the stock wiring harness. Lots of redundancy..... Bottom line is that I should always have some light available!
|Fuzeblocks installation under seat.|
|Close up of Fuzeblocks|
The HID headlamp, right and left 4GHID aux. lights and the PIA1100XX aux. lights are all controlled by relays located under the seat for quick access, trouble shooting and replacement. The relays are all waterproof.
|Relays controlling the lights are located under the seat for quick access. Note the spare relay available for quick replacement.|
|Close up of relay bank.|
As an added bonus, below are some pictures of my very first aux, light setup on my 1992 Yamaha FJ1200.
|PIA1100XX Aux Lighting on a 1992 Yamaha FJ1200|