Best motorcycle spotlights

See better or, more importantly, be seen better with some additional spotlights

Motorcycle headlight upgrades

by Jim Blackstock |

Just like when we looked at uprated headlight bulbs, the benefits of adding riding or auxiliary lights to your bike are mainly two-fold.

Firstly, the additional light will help you to see at night, particularly depending on where you position the lights themselves on the bike.

However, just as, if not more, important is the second benefit, that you will be far more visible to other road users by using the spotlights as effectively ‘Daylight Running Lights’ or DRLs. As a result, others should be more aware of your presence and hence, you should be safer.

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Lights can either be mounted high up alongside the headlight for straightforward illumination or DRL-style visibility or lower down so that they illuminate the road closer to the bike or to the sides for a better view of the sides of the road.

This can be particularly useful for rural roads where the bike’s main lights may illuminate the road ahead but leave the edges of the road to the side of the bike unlit.

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Lower mounted lights can also be useful in foggy conditions as, just like on cars, they illuminate the road beneath the rider’s eyeline and don’t ‘white out’ the fog, which decreases vision.

Here is a selection of spotlights to help light the way on a dark night.

These are Amazonu2019s Choice for u2018motorcycle spotlightsu2019 and offer a range of modes,

Prozor Spotlights

They come with the necessary wiring harnesses and control box (the relay) as well as the two-way switch to change the mode and activate the lights themselves.

Pros:

Inexpensive

Additional lighting power

Various modes

Cons:

Flashing little use for motorcycles

These spotlights from Denali are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but they are of great

Denali D4

One pair projects a wide beam close to the bike to illuminate the road and the edges while the other pair project a tighter, more penetrating beam ahead of the bike into the distance. They are supplied with a handlebar switch but can also be integrated into the bike’s dipped/main switch using an optional harness.

Pros:

Combination of near and far lighting

Excellent quality

Optional total integration

Cons:

Very expensive

These four-way lamps use a brace of LED units to produce 5400 lumens per lamp with a life

Biqing

They are supplied with mounting brackets but you’ll need to sort out the wiring and relays.

Pros:

Long-range beam pattern

High light output

Low energy consumption

Cons:

No associated wiring or switches

These halogen lamps from Italian specialist Givi are supplied with a complete wiring harness and

Givi S310 Trekker

They are wired directly to the battery, via the included waterproof handlebar switch or to the bike’s ignition so that they only illuminate when the ignition is on. They come with 55W bulbs as standard though smaller 35W ones are available for bikes with lower-rated electrical systems.

Pros:

Well-known brand

Come with full wiring harness

Can be ignition-switched

Cons:

Power-heavy halogen not LED operation

These tiny LED lamps pack a punch u2013 3000 lumens of light and two colour options u2013

Opp Ulite

Pros:

Dual colour

High/dipped operation

High output

Cons:

No fitting kit or wiring included

These tiny lamps from Denali belie their output u2013 a huge 2190 lumens output from each LED

Denali D2

They come with the full wiring kit including a handlebar switch though they can be integrated into the bike’s main/dipped system using an optional lead to switch between half and full power.

Pros:

Spot or flood light pattern

Integrate into bike’s lighting

1.6A draw

Cons:

Cost

These lamps have a nice twist to them; they feature yellow halo rings that work as DRLs and

YnGia Halo Spotlights

They emit 3000 lumens of light from the white projector lamps and come with a wiring harness and three-way handlebar switch to switch on just the halo or the projector as well. A mounting kit is also included to fit the lamps to the engine or handlebars.

Pros:

Halo and projector lights

DRL and main-beam use

All in one package

Cons:

Switching relay needed

If you want to be seen for minimal outlay and profile on the bike, then these tiny LED-powered

Universal LED DRLs

They would typically be wired into the lighting system to come on with a switched live, such as the sidelights and improve visibility without adding night-time vision.

Pros:

Tiny profile

Add to visibility

Minimal current draw

Cons:

Little additional light output for night-time

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