So, I was finally convinced by an engineer I work with to go with HID. He's fairly conservative and in a recent conversation he told me that on a dark descent, he cannot outrun the light at 45mph!!!
So, I bit the bullet. $300 for the Light & Motion ARC NiMH HID Headlight.
Charged the battery and hooked it up to the bike.
First impression, nice mount for the battery, easy thumbscrew mount for the head. No tools = nice. People complained that the wire is to long, I don't have a problem with that.
On the bike, about halfway home it's dusk. Not dark, but not enough light to clearly see small cracks and dips in the road, time to turn the light on.
First thing I notice is that cars are waiting for me to pass at stop signs while I am half a block away. Clearly, I am being seen and noticed. Keep reminding my self to not assume they still will not pull out in front of me. No false sense of security for this rider.
As it continues getting darker, I can clearly see cracks, potholes, imperfections, and debris with plenty of time to get around them. I am noticing however that it’s not as bright as I thought it would be, but certainly brighter than anything else I’ve tried.
So, I finally get home and pull into the garage. It’s still not “dark” out and I’m not 100% sold on the light. I’m thinking about this while I start undressing and take off my helmet and sunglasses. Yup, I had started the ride while it was still light and had never taken off my sunglasses!!!
I can’t wait to take this light out again to see what it’s really like but it worked acceptably even while wearing sunglasses and I’m really looking forward to seeing what she can do when used properly.
Is it worth the $300? I'm still not sure but I'll follow up and let you know.