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Old June 15th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #1
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Auxiliary Lights by kuksul08 - Review

So, after realising pretty early on after buying it how dreadful the OEM headlight is on the Hyperstrada, I set about looking for an auxiliary light kit as 50% of my riding is at night on a mix of unlit and city roads (where additional visibility is definitely a bonus!).

After asking the question here and doing a bit of digging myself I found that there doesn't seem to be any aftermarket support, however I was soon pointed in the direction of a member here, kuksul08, who had developed and built a bespoke kit for our bikes in his garage. I was greatly enthused after looking at the finished product in his thread here:

Custom LED aux lights installed

They certainly looked like a quality product, so I got in touch and set about arranging to get a set over to the UK. Working with Patrick (kuksul08) to get all the shipping sorted was great, and we had some really nice chats along the way.

The kit arrived about a week or so after being shipped, although unfortunately it took me another couple to find the time I needed to fit it. Could resist a peek once I got it back home though:



Everything was really well packed and survived the 4000+ mile journey without a scratch. Taking the kit out of the box the first thing that struck me was the weight. Not that they're massively heavy, but that kinda heavy that lets you know you're holding a quality product in your hand. Even under close scrutiny, you can just feel that the kit oozes quality - you can feel that some serious time and thought has gone into making these:



The install, although a little fiddly in places (due to the bike itself, rather than the kit IMO) is pretty straightforward. This is helped massively by the extremely thorough and detailed installation guide Patrick supplies with the kit. I had it done in less than 3 hours, and it only took me that long as I'm: a) a massive perfectionist and: b) pretty new to the bike and Ducati construction methods. Once it's properly fitted, you can see just how subtle it looks:



One thing that is definitely NOT subtle about this kit though, is the way it performs. I feel like it produces more light than any other motorised vehicle I've ever owned. The output is absolutley amazing! I tried to capture a before/afterwards on my GoPro:

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Without Auxiliary Lights (full beam on @ ~30 seconds):


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I know the GoPro doesn't pick up the enormous visual range with the kit fitted, but it does a fair job of showing just how badly the stock headlight performs I think.

So, in summary.. well, I'm not sure I could ever live without this many lumens (approx. 5000 from the kit) on a bike again. It really is night & day - literally.

I've loved every step of the process, from talking with Patrick to receiving & installing the lights, and most of all, just using them! Has brought many a smile to my face and a good few to those I've shown the kit to. It's perfectly subtle, wonderfully quality and has an extreme level of performance. What more could you ask for!

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Old June 15th, 2015, 11:43 PM   #5
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Great review! I appreciate all the kind words.

To those interested in lights, I am currently working on a new circuit design and it's going to be a while until I have it fully working. I'll be sure to let everyone know when they are ready.

In the meantime you are free to ask questions or comment. Everything helps.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 12:00 AM   #6
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Nice job on the kit Kuksul08, Looks really well thought out and constructed. Roughly what kind of price are you aiming at?
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Nice review! Thanks.
And - great work kuksul08! Your time and effort on design and manufacturing has certainly paid off.
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Thanks for the compliments. It was a lot of work for sure, especially the mounting brackets.

I'm aiming for $500-600 for the kit depending on how many I make.
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Are the lights serviceable? I know LEDs are very reliable but, say one goes tits up...is that light dead forever?

And I don't remember if you mentioned before, but how much power do they draw in the different modes?
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Are the lights serviceable? I know LEDs are very reliable but, say one goes tits up...is that light dead forever?

And I don't remember if you mentioned before, but how much power do they draw in the different modes?
This version is not easily serviceable. I can do it but I would not recommend OP did it. The next version will be more easily serviceable with common tools. That said, I've never had an LED burn out!

Low is ~3W and High is ~70W.
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