Shootout Dual Sport Lighting Kits (part 1)
Over the past couple of years, there have been two predominant dual-sport lighting kits available. These are the Baja Designs kit and the Malcolm Smith Motorsports kit. Recently a new kit is also available. Designed by Driven Industries, available from DSC Motosports, the Driven DSC Legalize Dual Sport Kit is one of the latest kits to hit the market.
What were going to try to do is take the guess work out of choosing which kit is best for you. In some cases there may be only one choice; in others maybe all three will work. To start with, lets look at which kits are available for which bikes.
Note: According to DSC, the Driven DSC Kit can be used with any bike. We havent actually seen one of these kits yet, but we hope to really soon.
So as you might guess, the first deciding factor is going to be who offers a kit for your particular bike.
So other than availability, whats the difference between kits? Generally speaking, the Baja Designs kit is totally componentized, meaning that each major piece is a separate component. The headlight is separate from the turn signals, the battery and voltage regulator are separate components from all the other components. Next comes the MSM kit. Its front turn signals, ignition switch, and high/low indicator are all integrated into the headlight. However, the battery, voltage regulator, etc. are all separate components. Last is the Driven kit. Its a completely self-contained kit. The front turn signals, battery, and all other electronics are built into the headlight assembly. The rear turn signals are also integrated into the tail/brake light and license plate assembly.
Whats that mean? Well, a lot really. For example, I have a Baja Designs lighting kit installed on my XR600. I recently replaced the headlight with an 8" PIAA light. I could not have easily done this with the other two kits and remained (relatively) street legal. However, the other two take fewer steps to install. DSC claims it takes about twenty minutes to set up a bike for their kit. Once its installed it can be removed in less than five minutes. This sounds ideal for a part-time dual-sporter.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where well compare these kits in more detail
Note: Images taken from supplier's web sites.
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