J.W. Speaker Adaptive Headlight

 

Let There Be Light

I recently upgraded my Roadking with the J.W Speaker adaptive LED Headlight and LED Spot Lights. I’ve had them installed now for a few hundred miles and so far, so good. Installation was easy and the lights had a feel of quality to them. Since my bike is older and uses the screw in wiring on the spot lights, I had to add terminals to the wires. But, that was simple. The headlight requires a mounting kit for 1994-2014 models. With my bike being 20 years old, I was happy to use the kit, which replaced my old stripped out mounting bracket. Once the lights were in, it was go time. I turned the switch to see a pretty cool starting sequence as the light cycles through all of the separate LEDs. It was clear the J.W. Speaker light was bright, especially when I switched to high beams. The spot lights added even more light. It was time to see how it actually performed in the real world.

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The Road Test

It was still daylight when I left work after the install, so I did not get to see much difference on my ride home. After doing some chores at home and catching up on my social media junk for the day, I decided to go out for a night ride to check out the new set up. Even in my driveway I could tell a difference, which was impressive considering I already previously had an LED. Once out in my neighborhood, I could see the light fill the dark blind spot as I leaned to turn. It was cool, but I wasn’t sure that it was very beneficial. I was happy with the light and went home to get some sleep.

When the weekend came, I was able to see the true capabilities of the Adaptive LED. The Texas country back-roads with few to zero street lights were exactly where this light shines, no pun intended. Going into a curve that would have limited visibility with a typical light was a different experience with the adaptive LED. The blind spots are lit up as you lean. It’s something you have to see.

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Conclusion

Overall visibility is amazing with the Headlight. If you have spot lights I suggest upgrading them as well. They really make a huge difference and enhance your overall field of vision during night riding. With all of that, the light is a knock out. There are only a couple of things that fall under the cons list. Those being cost, and that some say they do not see the LED in the day light as well as a typical incandescent head lamp. I feel the light is very visible during the day, and the nighttime benefits more than outweigh the cons. If you want the latest in lighting technology, then you have to check out the J.W. Speaker Adaptive LED Headlight and spot lights. These headlights are proudly made in the USA ensuring you timeless quality. They are available in 5 ¾” as well as 7”, so there is a light available for most of you.

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Until next time, enjoy your ride,

Pauly

2017-01-26T10:42:38+00:00 By |How-To Articles, Lights|5 Comments

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  1. Vinny November 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

    That’s a shrewd answer to a tricky qutoeisn

  2. MIKE Glenn October 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    When doing what you JUST did……You should always cover the front fender with a old towel just In case a headlight part Is accidentally dropped and nicks the paint in the front fender !

  3. Stephen Williams October 30, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Wow, that adaptive system which lights up the edge of bends when you lean into them is a truly innovative idea for motorcycles. But like all firsts, it comes with a hefty price tag of $800 just for the headlight.
    Like most motorcycle clothing, headwear and accessories, there is wide price gap in what is on offer.

    If the rider rides carefully at night to the limit of his/her visibility, bide your time and use the cash for a long trip.

  4. Thomas Truesdale October 29, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Do they make it for metric bike or is that compatible.

    • James Dean October 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thomas, while we do not have fitment for the metric models these 7″ and 5 3/4″ headlights are actually designed to fit most models using either size bulb. I cannot guarantee fitment without modification but if your model uses a standard 7″ or 5 3/4″ headlight bulb then one of these should work. I wish I could be more specific but cannot on the metric models. Thank you for choosing J&P Cycles and have a great day on 2 wheels.

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