Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
I've been to the Trail Tech factory in Battle Ground and no, they don't make lights for PIAA. They take an existing lens and ballast and put it in their own housing. They may be using PIAA lenses in their lights, but that's not the same as building the lights for PIAA.
Their HID lights were designed for off-road and trail bikes where you need a compact size, low power draw, and a short range. None of these are really concerns on the Beemers though. They put out a decent beam, but at a very close range only (again, think low-speed trails riding).
This makes them less useful as driving lights on a street bike. In fact, Trail Tech claims that you can run these HIDS even in the middle of oncoming traffic. That makes them good for other cars seeing you, but not so good for you seeing obstacles down the road. That's not a bad thing, but you can get the same effect with much cheaper halogen lights.
We ran a set on an LT for a while and ended up swapping them out with Philips HIDs that give a much better beam pattern with more spread and depth. So I don't really recommend these for street bikes, as they're still too expensive for what you get, without really giving you the useable light that you need.
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