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Ducati Designs Sport Headlight Upgrade

Motorcycle is one of the hottest topics on webBikeWorld. light output, improving LED brake lights, turn brightness, wheel lights and lighting novelties — you it — if it has to do with lights and then motorcycle owners are

I’d like to think most of this interest from a sincere desire to the Hurt study conclusions to i.e. that improvements in visibility will help one of the leading causes of motorcycle the I didn’t see it crash.

While important to have good visibility to wake up oncoming during the day, lighting is when the sun goes down. is always better when it to nighttime headlight power and If you ride after dark you how lame most stock headlights can be just when you them most.

Wherever you improved lighting is crucial.

riders can always use more focused beam patterns to light the way through all of the distractions, and or country road riders a heavy throw weight and that provides advanced warning. If light quality and can be drastically improved AND the new lights the bike look better at the time, I’m betting riders will be interested!

ST line of sport-tourers is a good A sleek bike with a that will still be 5 years from now (not true for some other designs!), but its stock headlight can use some more muscle and probably one of the weaker design of the bike (not improved on the in my opinion!).

Part of the reason for the Ducati headlight’s weak is the design of the headlight lens, and because the wiring that juice to the lights is about the gauge that can be used melting the insulation. It always for the electrons to have a direct and path from the power to the filament. And the ST also has more enough connectors, relays and assorted bits between the and the bulb to bleed off juice, doesn’t help things

The upgraded Ducati Designs uses a pair of 14 gauge for each light that run from the battery (the connection is 10 gauge). Stock measure about a 1.5V from the battery to the low beam the original wiring. The luminous drops considerably when the voltage of headlamps is below voltage (13.5 volts).

95% (12.8 V) gives 83% luminous 90% voltage (12.15 V) gives 67% intensity, 85% voltage (11.48 V) gives 53%.

The H9 bulb in the Designs upgrade produces 2100 lumens at 13.2V, to about 1300 lumens the H3 and H1 bulbs. Considering the original typical voltage drop, puts the luminous output of the at roughly 2.5X the original And the Ducati plastic reflector and designs produce a terrible to boot.

Enter Paul and Ducati Designs. Some may the business model of designing and a headlight replacement for a relatively model; let’s face it, doesn’t sell 80,000 per year, so you’re probably not to retire on the headlight replacement

But Paul decided that he had a idea, and unlike most of us, he on it. The result is a beautifully designed and lighting replacement for ST owners dramatically improves both the and output of the ST’s headlights and the bike look better and a bit and more modern.

The price may be a bit high, but the difference in output and the of the product seems worth it the time you throw the switch. You spent as much on that exhaust, and all that does is more noise!

The Ducati ST headlight replacement is available in your choice of factory The paint on our example perfectly the silver metallic color of the ST2. By the way, the headlight is also available in right drive versions for the U.K. and countries.

When all is said and done, the stock ST headlight isn’t difficult. By far the hardest part is and then replacing the tightly Ducati fairing. It’s my that more than one invective has been tossed way during an ST fairing removal, and I can see

The Duc you see in these photos was generously up as a test mule by Bob S. of the Mid-Atlantic Owners club. and as a first-time ST stripper, I have to say that if I one, I’d be in the market for a fastener replacement kit asap.

Designs works with Ducati dealers in the U.S.A. who and install the light, and any Ducati should be able to install one for you no problem.

But if you’re handy a wrench, and you have the patience, Designs’ website has a downloadable file with detailed to step you through the installation The document includes photos, and is in the process of developing a DVD-based to help make the job even

It’s a good idea to read the instructions and walk through the entire process starting. I became a little during certain steps and had to the instructions several times to what came next, but may be because I’m not that with the way the ST is put together.

The basic is to remove the upper fairing and the side fairing; install a new and wiring harness that from the battery to power the new assembly; and remove the old light and the new one. There’s a bit of drilling to attach the two relays that the new light, and a couple of electrical to be made, and that’s about it.

Designs’ instructions have developed and improved over and they include several from owners. The only we could add are that we think easier to loosen all the wiring for the headlight and do everything up to the point of removal of the headlight and the instrument before disconnecting the headlight from the bulbs and the speedometer

I would also emphasize the wiring harness should be fed in the left side of the bike, the headstock, before it’s to the battery.

This is mentioned in the but somehow I missed it. It’s easier to feed in the battery end of the harness from the left it is to try and push the majority of the harness up the frame from the right.

It be nice to have a few more detailing the exact placement of the because if you haven’t done it it’s a bit of a guessing game to which way to lay it so that it won’t with the forks when the is turned. But this is a minor

We probably got a bit carried away by several more cable than were supplied in the kit to sure everything was tied nice and snug, although the that were supplied are if used per instructions.

Other that, we removed the upper ears and put them in a vise to them for the supplied pair of I used a 3/16 bit as directed to the holes, and then used a 3/8 to touch the edges of the hole for a deburring. This worked and most any size drill than 3/16 can be used to do if you don’t have a deburring

The four blue Posi-Lock worked great in this The wires are pulled forward in photo for identification. NOTE: ST has modified wiring to accommodate a of PIAA auxiliary lights, so wiring will look

See the wBW review of Posi-Lock connectors for information.

We also did not use the 3M Scotchlok file) connectors which supplied in the kit to connect the original leads to the new relays. I really using Posi-Lock connectors for type of electrical work, they’re easy to use and provide a secure connection, and they’re removable, re-usable, and easy to in more wires if you’re additional electrical accessories to the which is a real plus.

This makes it easy to all of the wiring first to make everything works correctly and to the wiring if necessary before everything up.

Although the 3M Scotchlok are high quality devices, as are of the products that 3M manufactures, I like to be able to prototype first and the crimp connectors are

Also, the Posi-Lock connectors it much easier to remove and the headlight if you decide to sell ST. Note also that of the 3M Scotchlok connectors can connect two of wires, so if you use them, you’ll an extra pair of holes can be used to tap into the power and in case you’re adding device to the bike.

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Oh, and one more don’t forget to install the fuse that’s supplied in the kit you test your new lights! I some hair out after my head trying to figure out why worked, until I discovered I had to install the fuse!


I got to do some of the wrenching; Bob gets to the ST! Here are Bob’s comments his new lights:

The Ducati ST series has a headlight system that is a descendant of British royalty; of Sir Lucas, Prince of Darkness. the same bulb from the Ducati lens assembly in motorcycle revealed that the lens is part of the problem, after the improvement that an washing provided.

If you own a Ducati, that the stock gauge of the allow virtually no tolerance for the bulbs with higher bulbs. You may get away with higher-output bulbs for a while, but the amperage can create enough to almost certainly melt the reflector, and ultimately destroy the insulation. Replacement of the stock wiring with a heavier demonstrated that the thin wires had enough built-in to also reduce the amount of produced by the headlights.

The Ducati Designs headlight consists of a Hella reflector and paired in a custom fiberglass, and aluminum shell that is to replace the entire headlight of a Ducati ST-series motorcycle. The Designs headlight uses H9 bulbs that are hands-down than stock, and replacements are easy to obtain.

The Ducati assembly came with a pre-manufactured wire harness in a heat-shrink package that the relays. It is easy to appreciate nicely integrated package for who has tried to properly put a harness with the correct wire hardware, and relays.

Ducati instructions are detailed and the installation is Any problems that arise are due to the removal of the Ducati’s tight The Ducati Designs wiring is a bit long, but that could be

I was impressed by the paint match and the Ducati logo is a subtle

This was not planned to be a comparison but it worked out that way (see for before/after photos!). The test a ’99 ST2 arrived with wiring of a heavier gauge for the lights and an auxiliary set of first-rate Model 004XT Ultra-White that were mounted at the of each mirror. The ultra-white lamps blew away the Ducati high-beam.

More the wide distance between the lights increased conspicuity for cars, much like the set-up on many Harleys. A of the high beam with the lights was enough to get the attention of who was semi-conscious. In addition to the increased extra lights provided a field of light that not only conspicuity for cars, but illuminated the eyes of road-side

However, the two lights in the Ducati assembly provided nearly all of plus gave substantial distance.

The stock Ducati low-beam, with heavier wiring, was no for the low-beam in the Ducati Designs assembly. To remain legal, the Designs low-beam is still a bulb that is not too offensive and it can get in day-time reflections and traffic. the light is a crisper white at than the stock light, better forward illumination and improvement to the sides.

The improvement to the seems insignificant when you hit the switch! Your world Momma-Mia! The Ducati Designs of the Hella assemblies with the of the H9 bulb creates a tunnel of on dark country roads. having portable streetlights run in front of the bike and you’ll get the

It is hard to imagine traveling enough at any reasonable speed to go the tunnel of light. Plus, the in daylight is intense enough to out from background traffic and attention from most, not cage drivers who want to into your path.

If you want to go all-out, the PIAA and Designs lights are complimentary. The give better peripheral at night and are a positive addition if are a concern or you want max conspicuity. any set of lights beat a single for increasing your conspicuity to who are in front of you. What the Design light assembly is an increase in conspicuity in the day-time and it provides a tunnel of light at that would be hard to

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