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Finished Installing and testing last night.
It was the longest dry period in the last 26 days, really.
Afer enduraning a couple long nights with the stock set up,
I took Paul up on his xmas offer, of no shipping.
OK, so I went and pick one up.

Build quality, is beyond oem, complete with its own upgraded wiring loom and relays.
Bolted right in.

The quanity of light over the oem pice is just amazing.
I can see 400+ yds.
really.

pictures to follow.

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It's hard to believe a tungsten bulb can throw so much light! I've heard some say it couldn't compare to a HID because the HID has 50% more lumens but it's easy to throw away 50% of the light with a poor reflector design. The Hella lighting units in the Ducati Design light have reflectors made of mirrored magnesium and are well designed to put the light where it's needed so it's possible to outperform a HID light that does not have a good reflector design. I also think the color tonality of the bulbs in the DD light is easier on the eyes for some reason than the HID's I've tried. Even though the light appears very white it is a pleasing, warm light. On a cold night the color of the light actually makes my body feel warmer, or maybe that's just due to being relaxed since I can actually SEE where I'm going!

And they come on as soon as you flip the switch, no HID igniter/ballast is necessary so the weight of the bike is reduced, not increased. It seems most people don't flinch at all when they pay this kind of money for some silly option on a new car but feel the need to pinch pennies on their Italian thoroughbred. Go figure.

Enjoy your newfound vision!
 

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The DD headlight is by far the best modification that I have made to my ST4s. And I agree with others that the amount of light output is tremendous. Not to mention that it draws a lot of looks.

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How does the DD light compared to the "improved" light on the 04's and newer models?
 

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deanp said:
How does the DD light compared to the "improved" light on the 04's and newer models?
Also, anyone know if they will have a conversion for the newer models to allow both lights to be used on low and high beams?

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jneglia said:
Also, anyone know if they will have a conversion for the newer models to allow both lights to be used on low and high beams?

Joe
This was discussed on the old site. It is all in the light switch and I believe someone did modify their switch so both lights operate on high beam. Concern was raised about what effect the additional heat would have on the surrounding plastic.

My 01-ST4 and 02-ST4s both had DD headlights. I have not done any extensive night riding with my 04-ST4s. From what little I have done, the lights on the "new style" ST's appear adequate, but not outstanding like the DD's. I do not feel the need to upgrade like I did with the OEM lights on the earlier ST's, which can be described as "inadequate" bordering on "hazardous". I do not think the "new style" ST's can begin to compare in looks with the "old style" ST's + DD headlghts.
 

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I got an email back from Paul Geller over at DD on Jan. 12 06 that a model for the newer bikes (+04) is in the works and several months away from being available.
I look forward to seeing what he comes up with and what can be improved.
Good Luck
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Here's my story:

During Vintage Days at Mid Ohio in 2005, we got caught in a rain storm at night, coming back to the hotel in Marion after the flat track races. I couldn't see a thing.

Part of the situation was that my glasses were filthy from the dust from the track, but even after cleaning them I still couldn't "see" much while on the bike. Of course those country roads don't have the reflectors marking the edge and centerline.

It was a horrible situation, made even worse by the fact my wife was riding pillion. I blame most of the problem on the stock headlight. Although I caught hell from my wife for buying the DD light, I write it up as a necessary safety expense just like a good quality leather jacket or boots.

I haven't ridden in a similar situation with the DD lights, but I'm confident that I won't have the same experience as I did that night.

-Bob
 
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