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Hi all has anyone got any info on possible main / dip upgrades - the standard light is to say the least poor. Any help would be much appreciated cheers Graham
 

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You could probably replace the main bulb with an LED type, but I doubt you would get a very good spread of light, however it would certainly get you noticed when following traffic.

I've considered doing it if nothing to match the LED lights on the hand guards, as I find it looks a bit odd with a yellow light in the centre and blue lights at the sides.

I don't actually ride in the winter so don't need to worry about the brightness of the light at night, so it's more for aesthetic really.

HID is probably also an option, but you might find a similar problem with the light pattern (as well as blinding other road users).
 

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Thanks much as I thought probably no real answer to the problem. I have a service booked mid October and will probably have to ride in the dark to get home - will ask the dealer and let you know if they come up with anything cheers Graham
 

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Have replaced the standard headlight with an LED globe on my Rivale. Went from standard to HID conversion kit from MV. Lasted just over a yr til the globe went. Was absolutely brilliant light output for night riding. Just couldn't justify spending another $500 for a replacement kit, as the globes from MV aren't sold separately.

Was given an LED globe from a dealer to try. Must say I should've done this from the start. Has about the same light output as HID for half the price.
 

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Have replaced the standard headlight with an LED globe on my Rivale. Went from standard to HID conversion kit from MV. Lasted just over a yr til the globe went. Was absolutely brilliant light output for night riding. Just couldn't justify spending another $500 for a replacement kit, as the globes from MV aren't sold separately.

Was given an LED globe from a dealer to try. Must say I should've done this from the start. Has about the same light output as HID for half the price.
Any chance you could give us some more info? Pictures of the conversion, links to the product etc.

Considering doing this to mine while its parked up over the winter.
 

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Looks like MV aren't making the HID conversion kit anymore for the Rivale.
That being said, you could always check with your local MV dealer if they can source a kit.
As most things MV are expensive.

An LED globe is the cheaper option & does the same thing as the HID.
It's very easy to change out the globes. I'm not sure on what type of globe you'll need.

Not the best pics, raining atm. Will have to take some video to get a better view.
 

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Looks like MV aren't making the HID conversion kit anymore for the Rivale.
That being said, you could always check with your local MV dealer if they can source a kit.
As most things MV are expensive.

An LED globe is the cheaper option & does the same thing as the HID.
It's very easy to change out the globes. I'm not sure on what type of globe you'll need.

Not the best pics, raining atm. Will have to take some video to get a better view.
thanks for the heads up.

Decided to give the LED route a try myself. After quite a bit of research I’ve decided to go for an all in one bulb without resistor, and that uses Phillips ZES chips which are meant to be far superior and brighter than other types.

We shall see how it goes!
 

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Be aware I put a new lamp in my Stradale Philips Extreme 130 - sold by an eBay seller as totally road legal but failed Mot last week due to it being too 'blue'. Gave a far better light quality than the one it replaced not blue at all so be prepared!

It may be the testers own interpretation - but I could not get a real straight answer from him.

Saying that in my opinion the main problem with the light is the shape of the headlight itself - a case of style over function!! Which I'm happy to live with - which I'm sure I've seen discussed on this forum before!!

Anyway let us know how you get on with the LED - cheers Graham
 

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Be aware I put a new lamp in my Stradale Philips Extreme 130 - sold by an eBay seller as totally road legal but failed Mot last week due to it being too 'blue'. Gave a far better light quality than the one it replaced not blue at all so be prepared!

It may be the testers own interpretation - but I could not get a real straight answer from him.

Saying that in my opinion the main problem with the light is the shape of the headlight itself - a case of style over function!! Which I'm happy to live with - which I'm sure I've seen discussed on this forum before!!

Anyway let us know how you get on with the LED - cheers Graham
Thanks for that graham, fingers crossed it works ok. I’ve heard the newer style led bulbs are designed to spread light like the original bulb so hopefully it won’t affect the MOT in that respect. I have the original bulb which I can always take along and ask them to swap if the LED is no good.
 

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Looks like MV aren't making the HID conversion kit anymore for the Rivale.
That being said, you could always check with your local MV dealer if they can source a kit.
As most things MV are expensive.

An LED globe is the cheaper option & does the same thing as the HID.
It's very easy to change out the globes. I'm not sure on what type of globe you'll need.

Not the best pics, raining atm. Will have to take some video to get a better view.

Have you got pictures of the fog light mount? Interested in putting some in my Stradale.
 

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Just fitted an LED bulb! Easy to do and looks miles better than the original bulb. I’m yet to try it at night on the road, but I have no doubt it will be brighter.
I'm interested in upgrading my light, about 4 years ago I did HiD conversation on the GSXR and while nice and bright, it wasn't as good as the standard bulb as the cut could be seen between dip and main beam. This was the kit that has a ballast box but I believe they've come on a lot since then.

I don't want a bluish light, just a nice bright white one instead of the crappy yellow filament old school unit. Not too bothered about MoT as I use a friendly tester, but more concerned with being seen and aesthetics than out and out night illumination ability as rarely ride in the dark. The HiD on the GSXR certainly gets noticed more in the day as it appears brighter, which is what I want to mimic on the MV.

How is the LED bulb?
 

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Just fitted an LED bulb! Easy to do and looks miles better than the original bulb. I’m yet to try it at night on the road, but I have no doubt it will be brighter.
I'm interested in upgrading my light, about 4 years ago I did HiD conversation on the GSXR and while nice and bright, it wasn't as good as the standard bulb as the cut could be seen between dip and main beam. This was the kit that has a ballast box but I believe they've come on a lot since then.

I don't want a bluish light, just a nice bright white one instead of the crappy yellow filament old school unit. Not too bothered about MoT as I use a friendly tester, but more concerned with being seen and aesthetics than out and out night illumination ability as rarely ride in the dark. The HiD on the GSXR certainly gets noticed more in the day as it appears brighter, which is what I want to mimic on the MV.

How is the LED bulb?
I haven’t tested it in the dark because the bike is off the road for the winter, but I will at some point in the spring.

In the same as you in that I wanted more road presence (my mates with new Multistradas said it looked like they were being followed by a candle!) and in that respect it works perfectly.

Not quite a match for the blue LEDS on the handlebars, but a lovely classy white/blue light that seems very bright in the rear of car windows without being blinding.

Highly recommended!

I got this bulb: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/133195198183

Inexpensive and good quality.
 

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I've taken the plunge and fitted one of these the other day - not had a chance to test it at night time (and won't for quite a while), but I did a cheeky ride on it before the storm hit yesterday and it's a lot brighter than the standard bulb (and I had even put in a brighter bulb).


A bit of fiddling with the ballast, and getting the heat sink to fit (I also ordered the 72mm rubber cap off their site), and butchered the cover that screws on the back of the headlight with superglue and roofing mastic, but it all looks fine now and works a treat. I will get pictures next time I'm out on the bike, but as it was dusk as I got back you could tell the difference on the road signs with the brightness of the bulb (and a nice white light - so much so that even the side light ones look yellow in comparison).

Highly recommended.
 

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I've taken the plunge and fitted one of these the other day - not had a chance to test it at night time (and won't for quite a while), but I did a cheeky ride on it before the storm hit yesterday and it's a lot brighter than the standard bulb (and I had even put in a brighter bulb).


A bit of fiddling with the ballast, and getting the heat sink to fit (I also ordered the 72mm rubber cap off their site), and butchered the cover that screws on the back of the headlight with superglue and roofing mastic, but it all looks fine now and works a treat. I will get pictures next time I'm out on the bike, but as it was dusk as I got back you could tell the difference on the road signs with the brightness of the bulb (and a nice white light - so much so that even the side light ones look yellow in comparison).

Highly recommended.
I saw that kit for sale - seemed to have a lot of positive reviews. Wasn't that keen on the price (though not massively expensive, still more than I wanted to pay for a bulb) and didn't want the faff of having to butcher the headlight backing to make it fit either. I couldn't see any advantage of this unit over the one I purchased spec-wise, either (unless I missed something), other than maybe better cooling for longevity?
 
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