HOLY GYROSCOPIC LEDS, BAT­MAN!

The Future of Head­lamp Tech­nol­ogy

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Be­ing seen on the road day or night is just as im­por­tant as wear­ing proper gear when you ride. The vast ma­jor­ity of bikes on the mar­ket still come stock with in­can­des­cent/halo­gen bulbs. Af­ter­mar­ket LED head­lights are the ob­vi­ous next step for most riders who want to im­prove their vis­i­bil­ity, and there are many op­tions cur­rently on the mar­ket. J.W. Speaker has taken things to the next level with its new Adap­tive light­ing units (8690 Adap­tive 2, $507.95), which in­cor­po­rate a dig­i­tally con­trolled gy­ro­scope to il­lu­mi­nate your path as you tear through the twisties. It’s re­ally sim­ple: Lean right, and the Adap­tive’s aux­il­iary lights brighten the right side of your path; lean left… You get the pic­ture.

In­side J.W. Speaker’s Adap­tive se­ries die-cast alu­minum hous­ing are an ar­ray of on­board sen­sors with gy­rom­e­ters and ac­celerom­e­ters that cal­cu­late bank an­gles on a real-time ba­sis, au­to­mat­i­cally di­rect­ing the light ar­ray up or down as the mo­tor­cy­cle leans. This ad­di­tional il­lu­mi­na­tion fills in the gaps to the left or right of the mo­tor­cy­cle that tra­di­tional head­lights can’t, and it looks just as cool as it per­forms. This unit is the 5.75-inch round to fit my 2013 Iron 883, but 7-inch head­lamps are also avail­able.

In­stal­la­tion was a breeze, and af­ter just a few night rides with this new beam of con­fi­dence in front of me, I can hon­estly at­test to this tech­nol­ogy be­ing worth the in­vest­ment. I see ob­sta­cles in turns I’ve never seen be­fore. The future is here with this one-of-akind head­light, and it’s some­thing you will need to see to be­lieve. HB

SOURCE: J.W. SPEAKERjwspeaker.com

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