Some motorcycles have great headlamps that light up the night, obviating the need for additional illumination. However, even the best headlamp may prove to be insufficient in specific conditions such as rain, fog and highway riding. Auxiliary lamps can be a great solution to such situations. Before we get into who really needs them, let's quickly understand what auxiliary lamps are.
Auxiliary lamps, as their name suggests, are additional lights fitted to a motorcycle. They are broadly of three types: halogen-based, LED-based or xenon-based. These lamps - in almost all cases - run off the main battery of the motorcycle, but with a relay in between and on a separate wire harness. Generally, auxiliary lamps come in pairs, and in various wattages and illumination levels.
If you're riding in a well-lit city, you won't really need an auxiliary lamp unless your stock headlamps come up short. Also, auxiliary lamps are illegal in most cities.
If you're someone who does a lot of highway riding in the dark, a good pair of auxiliary lamps can be a great investment as it will let you see much farther, making riding in the dark a much safer experience.
If you're someone who lives in a place with poor visibility conditions such as fog or extreme rain, investing in a pair of auxiliary lamp with yellow lenses (white light is useless for such conditions) is a good idea.
If you're an off-road enthusiast who goes off roading at night, again, a pair of auxiliary lamps will be a welcome addition to your motorcycle's lighting arsenal.
PS: Do note that many manufacturers do not honour electrical warranty if auxiliary lamps are fitted to the motorcycle. Do check with your motorcycle manufacturer before fitting auxiliary lamps.
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