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    Is Lupine worth my hard earned dollar???

    Hi to all fellow riders who love to ride at night. I currently own two L&M Solo Logic, and it's been with me since 2004, a very reliable headlight. The only service I did was I bought and replaced the bulb, which was my fault that I plugged in the headlight directly to the battery without turning it off first. During this era HID was the best...but I can't afford those during that time.

    To cut my story short, I'm planning to upgrade to a better headlight system. I rode side by side with a friend who has an MS 800, and WOW!!! LEDs really made my halogen like a penlight inside a movie house. I was tempted to get the MS, but I prefer getting reliable products that will last, like my current L&M.

    I chose Lupine for their reliability and be able to upgrade, as LED technology progress like the speed of light. My heart goes to Lupine Wilma, for my handlebar light and might get a Piko as my helmet light. Those has experience with the Wilma, do I still need additional helmet light? I'll be riding it only on my local trail, with fast downhill.

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    Shill.

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    you got nothing else to say MrBubbles??? Why don't you just put back your head inside the water closet.

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    Hey Bashtee, I don't share MrBubbles view. I do wonder how the heck you have 4,294,967,295 posts though, that Sir, is most impressive!

    I think if you can pony up the cash for the Lupine you'd be very happy, they are a great company and to my knowledge have always put out solid product.

    As far as running a Piko as well as the Wilma, the best case scenario is running both systems. Even with a great bar light like our Strykr (shill moment) I still like to have a Strykr Pro on my helmet to look over things, into things, and all the way around and down super tight switchbacks, etc. Plus even with a solid and reliable bar light, a back up system is always a good idea.

    Soooo...how did you get so many posts??

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    Shannon, I really dunno how the hell I have these posts. OTOH, I saw you have a trade-in program. With the two L&M, will give me a $200 credit for a single Strykr Pro??? Trying my luck here. That way, it can go as my helmet light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bashtee
    Shannon, I really dunno how the hell I have these posts. OTH, I saw you have a trade-in program. With the two L&M, will give me a $200 credit for a single Strykr Pro??? Trying my luck here. That way, it can go as my helmet light.
    Hmmm...let me put my sizable brain to work on this...

    Email me at Shannon@BajaDesigns.com, I think we can do something for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bashtee
    Hi to all fellow riders who love to ride at night. I currently own two L&M Solo Logic, and it's been with me since 2004, a very reliable headlight. The only service I did was I bought and replaced the bulb, which was my fault that I plugged in the headlight directly to the battery without turning it off first. During this era HID was the best...but I can't afford those during that time.

    To cut my story short, I'm planning to upgrade to a better headlight system. I rode side by side with a friend who has an MS 800, and WOW!!! LEDs really made my halogen like a penlight inside a movie house. I was tempted to get the MS, but I prefer getting reliable products that will last, like my current L&M.

    I chose Lupine for their reliability and be able to upgrade, as LED technology progress like the speed of light. My heart goes to Lupine Wilma, for my handlebar light and might get a Piko as my helmet light. Those has experience with the Wilma, do I still need additional helmet light? I'll be riding it only on my local trail, with fast downhill.
    If you use "hard earned dollars" in the subject and have to even ask the question, then no Lupine isn't worth the money. They are very nice lights, but from a value perspective there are plenty of lights in the 200-500 dollar range that provide better value.

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    MtbMacgyver, I went into that direction...the better value of my hard earned dollars.

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    I had a lupine Edison 10 HID when they first came out. Great light in its day. But was about $800 from memory. Since then I have got a MS900 on my helmet and Troutie 7UP on my bar.

    I would never buy a lupine again unless I won the lotto, I just cant justify the cost compared to the other lights out there for value for money. Either go real cheap with Magicshines and accept that it will probably last a year then get another one when it dies, or spend a little more and get something like the Baja design lights. Way better quality control then the MS and has some sort of warranty.

    If you get the Baja make sure you get the trade in deal or when they have there race special on to save a few more $$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bashtee
    Hi to all fellow riders who love to ride at night. I currently own two L&M Solo Logic, and it's been with me since 2004, a very reliable headlight. The only service I did was I bought and replaced the bulb, which was my fault that I plugged in the headlight directly to the battery without turning it off first. During this era HID was the best...but I can't afford those during that time.

    To cut my story short, I'm planning to upgrade to a better headlight system. I rode side by side with a friend who has an MS 800, and WOW!!! LEDs really made my halogen like a penlight inside a movie house. I was tempted to get the MS, but I prefer getting reliable products that will last, like my current L&M.

    I chose Lupine for their reliability and be able to upgrade, as LED technology progress like the speed of light. My heart goes to Lupine Wilma, for my handlebar light and might get a Piko as my helmet light. Those has experience with the Wilma, do I still need additional helmet light? I'll be riding it only on my local trail, with fast downhill.

    I went with a Wilma two years ago and absolutely love it. I like the ability to upgrade as well. When I purchased my Wilma it was 920 lumens and upgraded it last year to 1100 lumens and it was very easy to do and Lupine ships you great instructions and the necessary tool. When the Piko came out I got one of them and mounted the Wilma to the bars and Piko on the helmet, which is an AWESOME setup.
    I won't get into the debate if Lupines are worth your hard earned money, but you are getting German craftsmanship; Lupine are great lights with super high quality and if you go that route you will not be disappointed.

    Woody

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    I had a lupine Edison 10 HID when they first came out. Great light in its day. But was about $800 from memory. Since then I have got a MS900 on my helmet and Troutie 7UP on my bar.

    I would never buy a lupine again unless I won the lotto, I just cant justify the cost compared to the other lights out there for value for money. Either go real cheap with Magicshines and accept that it will probably last a year then get another one when it dies, or spend a little more and get something like the Baja design lights. Way better quality control then the MS and has some sort of warranty.

    If you get the Baja make sure you get the trade in deal or when they have there race special on to save a few more $$$.
    Thanks OzLongBoarder,

    I surf too, I have an 8'6" that is around ten years old that I have tried to replace with new boards twice but I always end up going back to Old Faithful. So you have surfed Australia? Are you from there? What kind of board are you riding these days?

    Anywho...I appreciate the kind words by the way, I figured I'd chime in real quick and let you know Baja Designs Bicycle Lighting's warranty policy, it is Lifetime on the light head and everything in it as well as all of the electrical components, ie; chargers, cords, etc. The battery has a two year warranty on it.

    We also have a program that when we come out with a cooler, newer light somewhere down the road, you can trade in your original Strykr or Strykr Pro for the new version and get anywhere from a 35%-50% discount on the new one. The discount will vary based on the new light and the light that is being traded in. We still don't have a nice name for this progam...any ideas anyone??

    We do have some deals going on right now for the Spring and the 24hr race season coming up. If you have any questions I am always on the interweb at Shannon@Bajadesigns.com.

    Shannon

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    Woody, I'll do the same thing, Wilma to the bar, and the Strykr Pro to my helmet. Started to take care of myself after my daughter came out. Just can't think if I'll crash or hit a tree branch, the beautiful Piko will be damaged. BD Strykr Pro, its looks could kill!!!

    My post is an honest question, 'cos I don't upgrade too much and I stick with it before checking on new technology. Was tempted to get the MS 800, was lucky I didn't get it. The question was mainly for people with current experience, and not looking for a debate. Woody, your reply was just in time and well said.

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    Before I got my Piko I went with a MS900 and used it once. Then all the battery debacle started and I sent it back and went with the Piko and glad I did.
    A nice thing about Lupines are all their batteries will fit/work with any of their lights, which is a nice touch as well.

    The photo is a predawn ride that I got caught in some sleet, ice, and snow. Left the house and it wasn't doing anything until 12 miles out then it opened up.
    The gang at Gretna Bikes are great to deal with too...

    "Rule the Night"

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    Wow Woody! You are a hard man! That picture is awesome! That is some good dedicated bike riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bashtee
    Woody, I'll do the same thing, Wilma to the bar, and the Strykr Pro to my helmet. Started to take care of myself after my daughter came out. Just can't think if I'll crash or hit a tree branch, the beautiful Piko will be damaged. BD Strykr Pro, its looks could kill!!!

    My post is an honest question, 'cos I don't upgrade too much and I stick with it before checking on new technology. Was tempted to get the MS 800, was lucky I didn't get it. The question was mainly for people with current experience, and not looking for a debate. Woody, your reply was just in time and well said.
    Hah! Speaking of tree branches Bashtee, you'll be happy to know that the low-profile mount that comes with your Strykr Pro will actually slide out of the mount's base rather than hurt your neck (it will not hurt the light - nothing will really hurt the Strykr Pro, in fact I feel bad for the tree). I thought that was kind of a hokey feature until I used it one night on a section of trail called the "Tunnels", I managed to knock my head on tree branches twice that ride...d'oh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaDesignsShannon
    Wow Woody! You are a hard man! That picture is awesome! That is some good dedicated bike riding.
    = Stupid is a better way of putting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody.1
    = Stupid is a better way of putting it.
    Haaah!!

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    Hey bashtee,
    I sent you a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaDesignsShannon
    I don't have a nice name for this progam...any ideas anyone??
    Shannon
    a computer graphics card maker called XFX had a similar deal, so people didn't get the "new model anxiety". They just called it a "trade-up" program - similar in principle to trade-in, but up instead Can't see why you can't call it the same..

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    How about the X wife program,Cost you 50% & you move up to a newer & better 1



    Quote Originally Posted by BajaDesignsShannon
    Thanks OzLongBoarder,

    I surf too, I have an 8'6" that is around ten years old that I have tried to replace with new boards twice but I always end up going back to Old Faithful. So you have surfed Australia? Are you from there? What kind of board are you riding these days?

    Anywho...I appreciate the kind words by the way, I figured I'd chime in real quick and let you know Baja Designs Bicycle Lighting's warranty policy, it is Lifetime on the light head and everything in it as well as all of the electrical components, ie; chargers, cords, etc. The battery has a two year warranty on it.

    We also have a program that when we come out with a cooler, newer light somewhere down the road, you can trade in your original Strykr or Strykr Pro for the new version and get anywhere from a 35%-50% discount on the new one. The discount will vary based on the new light and the light that is being traded in. We still don't have a nice name for this progam...any ideas anyone??

    We do have some deals going on right now for the Spring and the 24hr race season coming up. If you have any questions I am always on the interweb at Shannon@Bajadesigns.com.

    Shannon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet
    a computer graphics card maker called XFX had a similar deal, so people didn't get the "new model anxiety". They just called it a "trade-up" program - similar in principle to trade-in, but up instead Can't see why you can't call it the same..
    I actually have been calling the Trade-Up program for lack of anything else, plus it does make sense, eh?

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    Bashtee my .02$ here. I have my Wilma version since it was the 830 lumens (with external switch!); I have upgraded to 1000 lumens and it rocks. I have had it for 3 years and the battery is still running strong as the 1st day.
    Also, one of the things that is not taken into account these days is that we are talking about bike lights and as so, we will crash sooner or later. I have crashed hard with the Wilma and it only took 30$ (if I recall correctly) and 4 days to have a new front cap/front glass.
    there are many lights out there that I can promise you will explode with 1 crash and they cost a lot of money (L&M Seca for example). Your Wilma will last as long as you ride your bike and to be honest, a Wilma in the bars and a Stryker on the helmet sound as much light as anybody would need!!!
    Also remember that Lupine is here to stay and the same chargers, cables and batteries will keep been the same since they like continuity (and me too!)
    Baja Design seams pretty hardcore and Shannon offers very good support. Go for it!
    BBW. MS, RD

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    Whats it cost to upgrade the Lupine to the higher lumens?

    "Trade Up" sounds good.

    Just to throw a spanner in the works...... http://www.nightlightning.co.nz/iBlaast%20IX.htm
    blah blah blah

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    Whats it cost to upgrade the Lupine to the higher lumens?

    "Trade Up" sounds good.

    Just to throw a spanner in the works...... http://www.nightlightning.co.nz/iBlaast%20IX.htm
    It was $132.00US to upgrade my from the 920 to 1100 lumens.

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    When talking about the upgrades to the Wilma or Betty it is a good idea to point out that the upgrade is much more substantial than the numbers would suggest. For instance the Wilma 830L was upgraded to 1,000 lumens. For those who aren't familiar with the lights they might think an upgrade from the Wilma 830 lumen to 1,000 lumens wouldn't be worth it. This is b/c Lupine weren't giving realistic lumen output initially and didn't show loses in real world uses, so the old WIlma 830 was more realistically under 600 lumens, while the upgrade to the Wilma at 1,000 lumens is an accurate level. I performed the upgrade on my Wilma 830L and the difference in output was pretty huge and not just a small bump up and using the upgraded Wilma at 60% power is fairly equivalent to running the non-upgraded Wilma 830L at full power.

    I own an upgraded Wilma and Betty and both have worked flawlessly since I bought them in 2007 and though I haven't tested the run-time on the batteries recently, I usually charge them after 3 rides even though they never get to the low battery indicator. I do dim the lights a lot though so that makes difference and my typical night ride is 1.5 hrs, so I go for 3x 1.5 hr rides before I charge and I have a 6.8 battery for my Wilma and also a 6.8 for my Betty too.
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