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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-18-2016, 12:42 PM
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So how do you think you might break a polycarb head light, its been many a year since I have seen a broken headlight on a car or a bike. it must be several decades since I have seen an object able to brake a headlight unit.
Two words - stone chip, happened to my wifes car and my daughters car causing them both to fail their annual inspection. Both had to have complete new headlights as they were one piece. For £25 it is a reasonably cheap investment.
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Hi Skip, you may have something here
I have seen a few broken polycarb headlights in my time, but come to think of it they were all from crash jobs
and not even a H/L Protector will save them from a crash,
next chance I get to go to the wreckers I'm going to test a damaged one with a hammer that's what I do ha ha ha
anybody else test one ?
Will be interested, I am not saying it cant be done. Its just that I have seen lots of objects going through radiators, and even plastics broken with items coming off the road but its been a long time since I have seen a broken headlamp. I do run the thick clear plastic film on the leading edges of some of the fairings and the headlights but thats just to prevent road rash from gravel hitting the plastics when following somebody.
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I am very interested in the outcome of the 'hammer test'!

I have previously used perspex protectors, so I just used what I know works for me. I have gone for orange over the dim light and clear over the bright light. Orange over the dims so that the light is more visible to other drivers.

I have in the past had to replace a perspex lens after being hit by a fairly big stone, but that is better the replacing the headlight!

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The HAMMER test,
So I asked old mate down at the Wreckers for a test Headlight, I said "I wana do a hammer test" he said, "tried that, hammer is too flat just bounce off." "need something pointy and at high speed" so I ask what about small chips that my fail a roadworthy inspection? he said "I always just use headlight protection film" "cheep, works and looks good" I said OK.
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Reviving this thread as I'm debating on getting headlight protection...

While I mentioned in my other thread, on my previous adv motorcycles I've had headlight protection, but have never had a rock hit the front of the bike let alone the guard. BUT I reckon' it only takes once. I do tend to ride in a group (2 or more) when I ride off-road which is 50% of the time. And here in CO, there can be just about every type of terrain including gravel and rocks.

I'll admit I'm being a bit picky here. I'm not a fan of the type of protectors that use velcro to attach the protectors to the lens. Just doesn't look "clean" to me. I like the clean look of the Altriders mounting, http://www.altrider.com/altrider-cle...-twin/pid/2218, but I'm not sure if it will fit with my touratech upper crashbars since they share a common mount point. I do get if it does work together I'd need longer screws.

I'm not a fan of the Touratech version as it appears the strap would probably rub on the paint. If someone has them can they verify if it rubs the painted body work?
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Puig has one also that looks pretty clean on the bike. (Listed on RevZilla for $132) It looks similar to the AltRider but I believe the AltRider can be popped off to clean while the Puig has to be unscrewed.
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I bought the Tankslapper film kit that protects the tank, upper fairing (front), fork tubes and the headlights - if you're looking for invisible.

Also bought the Powerbronze headlight protector (had to change the 3M fasteners to black) looks good IMHO.
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Hi .. i just broke the from lens of headlight . Do i need to change the complete headlight or lens availabe?
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Its a complete unit sorry to be bearer of bad news its bloody expensive $$$, Just ordered set of AltRiderís lens protectors.
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Reviving this thread as I'm debating on getting headlight protection...



While I mentioned in my other thread, on my previous adv motorcycles I've had headlight protection, but have never had a rock hit the front of the bike let alone the guard. BUT I reckon' it only takes once. I do tend to ride in a group (2 or more) when I ride off-road which is 50% of the time. And here in CO, there can be just about every type of terrain including gravel and rocks.



I'll admit I'm being a bit picky here. I'm not a fan of the type of protectors that use velcro to attach the protectors to the lens. Just doesn't look "clean" to me. I like the clean look of the Altriders mounting, http://www.altrider.com/altrider-cle...-twin/pid/2218, but I'm not sure if it will fit with my touratech upper crashbars since they share a common mount point. I do get if it does work together I'd need longer screws.



I'm not a fan of the Touratech version as it appears the strap would probably rub on the paint. If someone has them can they verify if it rubs the painted body work?


I am using the AltRider headlight guards with the Touratech bars. Itís a tight fit, but it works.




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