38.HARD PARTS

Clear­wa­ter Lights Sev­ina

Motorcyclist - - Contributors - —Matthew Miles

GLENN STASKY KNOWS that see­ing the road ahead is just as im­por­tant as be­ing seen on the road. The self-pro­claimed “sci­ence geek who also played sports” stud­ied physics and later worked for two large car-au­dio com­pa­nies. After he was forced to close his own loud­speaker busi­ness, Stasky was re­flect­ing on life while rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle one evening in Colorado.

“It was start­ing to get dark,” he re­called. “An on­com­ing car flashed its lights at me. In ad­di­tion to my high beams, I had big, bright HID lights. I turned them off un­til I passed the car, and when I turned them back on, I saw a dead deer in the road with a bunch of other deer stand­ing around it. I hit one of the deer at 80 mph, but I didn’t crash.

“I pulled over, gave thanks, and said, ‘This is my new busi­ness.’ I didn’t like the idea that I couldn’t dim my lights— they were ei­ther all or noth­ing. My au­dio background told me to add a ‘vol­ume’ con­trol so that I could dim the lights to an ac­cept­able level to pre­vent the night blind­ness that oc­curs when you com­pletely turn off your lights.”

Stasky re­turned home to Cal­i­for­nia and founded Clear­wa­ter Lights. That dim­ming fea­ture has be­come his sig­na­ture. “We re­ally wanted to have the abil­ity to ad­just them from a con­spicu­ity light to a fog light to a driv­ing light to even a long-dis­tance light. As we’ve de­vel­oped the line, we’ve even made dif­fer­ent models with dif­fer­ent beam pat­terns for dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Flame-thrower Sev­ina ($1,049) casts ap­prox­i­mately 80 per­cent of the 7,500 lu­mens that the LEDS pro­duce in an 8-de­gree-wide pen­cil beam.

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