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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question passing lamps?????

Why do they call them passing lamps? are they not driving lights? When they are turned on do they stay on or are they momentary. Somebody clear the water,I'm confused -------- not stupid.
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Why do they call them passing lamps? are they not driving lights? When they are turned on do they stay on or are they momentary. Somebody clear the water,I'm confused -------- not stupid.
IIRC, they're on as long as the low beams are on, and the switch on the handlebar is on if they're wired in the "stock" way. I'm completely baffled as to why they call them passing lamps and not driving lights though.
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They're also called: "Driving Lights", "Fog Lights", "Running Lights", "Auxiliary Lights" etc. Terminology. No big deal.

The Stratoliner comes with an auxiliary light switch in the right handlebar switch cluster. On/Off. No waiting
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Hammer,

I have a set of "passing lamps" on my bike, and the way it is wired, I have to physically turn them on and off with a switch located on the right handlebar directly under the power/kill switch. In the case of my bike, the hi beams do not make any difference as to whether the passing lamps are on/off. I can have both on or both off, etc.

To be honest, I don't know what they are "for", but I turn them on when I want to be just a little more visible, whether in daylight or at night. Basically, I turn them on in heavy traffic whether I'm "passing" or not.
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Any logic asto why there are 2 bulbs in each housing?
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I always thought they called them passing lights because you could turn them on when getting ready to pass another vehicle that is in the slow lane. An attention getting visual aid so to speak.



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I always thought they called them passing lights because you could turn them on when getting ready to pass another vehicle that is in the slow lane.
If that were the case, they'd have called them "Overtaking Blue Bike Lights"

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Okay, so they are more than just a visual aid, if red bikes need them to pass a blue bike, then these things must be really amazing....correction,,,,make that a miracle!



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I'll admit i enjoy the 'male' humor of passing GAS, i'm sorry if i'm too old to get into the kinky stuff like passing LAMPS

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Any logic asto why there are 2 bulbs in each housing?
The lower bulb is 5 watts, the upper bulb is 30 watts. You can seperate the leads that are tied together in the driving lamp housing. Wire the lower bulb to your running lamp in each front turn signal. Then with the aux. switch in the off position on the right hand control you will always have the 5 watt bulbs on with the front signal running lamps. Giving you your low beam h/l, and your signal lamps and the 5 watt driving lamps on as running lamps. When you flip the aux. switch to the on position you then have the 30 watt driving lamps on. Good for visability and also great when riding at night.

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