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Cat's eye headlight?

Howard

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My Comet's got a 6 1/2" cat's eye headlight, or at least that's what the seller called it. It's a domed glass lens (looks old) and the pattern in it looks like a cat's eye with a pointed elipse in the centre.

a. Is this a Vincent fitting?

b. If it is, how am I supposed to see where I'm going at night???

The light thrown out (ha ha) is a circular pattern with no light in the middle (dip and main). Is this as it should be, or as I suspect, should it have a special bulb - the one I've fitted is a 12 volt 50/40 watt for old car headlamps - I couldn't find a halogen one that would fit.

H
 

Howard

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Thanks Rob, I'll try it. Riding through country lanes with the other one was like travelling through the time tunnel - I thought I might come out in 1950 ................. mind you I don't know how I'd tell, I think Stoke stopped in 1948. H
 

vibrac

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If you want to ride in 1950
just take a ride round south island NZ
even the cafe in the towns on the way have home made cakes
 

Comet Rider

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Rob and Howard,

What you are looking for is the headlight from a Honda 250/400 Superdream, this will take a modern H4 bulb fitment thus allowing for Halogen or even HID.

You ca get a pattern unit from the likes of M&P

Best of luck
Neil
 

Howard

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Have you tried here for a suitable halogen bulb http://www.norbsa02.freeuk.com/ /QUOTE] Yes, may be me being thick, but I couldn't see one. I've fitted a Wipac lens (found in my stock of bits) with the 50/40 bulb that looks much better (in the garage, it was far too windy last night for a road test). I'm not expecting to use the Comet after dark very often, so, to be fair, I didn't look very hard for a bulb. My main query was about the cat's eye lens. H
 

Len Matthews

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In conversation once with a chap who, hitherto, had only owned veteran machines with acetylene lamps he said "I bought the Comet because I thought it was high time I had a bike with electric lights". Well, I suppose that eliminated the problem of finding a supply of carbide- (the other necessary chemical being readily avaible) but would after- dark riding be any better?
 

vibrac

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Carbide-find a good pot holer supply shop
never fails now I have replaced my Lucas
(only joking)
 
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