Whether you have a passion for dirt biking or cruising at speed down the high way, there is no getting around one simple fact about bikes. They tend to be a little dangerous. 90% of the time when you have an accident you will find that it is not the biker at fault, folk seem to have blinders on around motorcyclists. So why not blind them for real and fit a high powered light bar to your bike. Depending on the size of your bike you’ll only really be able to fit a small front spot on there, but I know for a fact that if you don’t mind it looking a little weird you can mount a good quality 10″ light bar on too.
This review will be focused on the small ones though. They come in a few varieties, Spot and flood. you might be able to find a sub 10″ light bar that does combo lights, but you shouldn’t need it. You will be fine with a Spot alone. I will be showcasing a nice little 10″ combo here today, but again they aren’t really necessary.
Regardless of whether you take my advice on the products, you should at least go away with the knowledge required to buy your own bar. The most important stat on a light bar is their IP rating. The IP rating, short for ingress protection rating, is a two digit number that denotes the relative durability of the bar. The first digit refers to the dust and particle protection, while the second digit is all about the water resistance. 6 is the highest for particles, while a 9k is the highest for water. 67 will work fine in most environments, short of trying to drown the thing at least. Be sure to pay attention to the rep of the company in question too. I have looked into the background off all but one of the firms on this list and can vouch for their customer service and the state of their warranties. You’ll find the more you spend the better deal you get there.
So let’s run down the list, these are all fine choices and should give you an idea of what to look for in a bar.
Best LED Light Bars for Motorcycles
ANNT 12 inch 72W Cree Led Light Bar
Bottom of the bottom here. When it comes to motorcycle bars there are a huge number of options. Do you go for the smallest you can find, with big output lumens, or for the biggest you can fit, aesthetics be damned. I have a whole host of options for you today, but the least of them is the ANNT. ANNT bars a cheap and cheerful, but thankfully they didn’t skimp on the build. IP rated at 67, and with an impressive 7500LM output lumens, this budget bar will just about fit on your bike. It costs around $35.99 and comes with a year long warranty, like most of the budget options. Lifespan is a little less than others on the list, averaging around 30,000 hours, but with moderate use this light bar should last you a long time.
Size: 11.89″ x 4.17″ x 2.52″ including bracket.
Weight: ~3 pounds
Auxbeam 7 Inch 36W Cree LED Light Bar
On to the Auxbeam, for once not first on the list. This little 7″ bar is perfect for all kinds of bikes. While it may be small it can output a respectable 3600LM of Spot lighting. It will cost you around $25.00, though I have seen them go for much less than that. IP rated to 67, so you don’t need to worry about damaging the thing, unless you decide to give it a bath. A nice touch here is the bracket, as this is only a Spot light, with a 10 degree beam, the bracket itself can be moved 150 degrees., Auxbeam products all come with a year long warranty and that 30 day money back guarantee. Overall I’m very impressed with this bite sized option.
Size: 8.4″ x 5.2″ x 4.4″ in bracket.
Weight: 2.2 pounds.
Sirius Professional 10 Inch 100W SERIES 10″ LED Light Bar
This is an interesting one. On the one hand Sirius has all the signs of being a reputable light bar company. Their site, while dated, is packed full of information. they sell a wide variety of sizes of bar and they offer a lifetime warranty. The issue I have is that that warranty is limited, and I could find no information on what the limits are. In addition they do not provide concrete Lumen info. But this bar is IP rated to 68, cost $149.99 and while the warranty is limited, it is lifetime, so that is a major boon. When we factor in the power requirements of this bar I have to assume the output is very bright, I have see videos and I was impressed with the output. If I had to ball park it I would say it is a little brighter than the Radiance. Overall, while buying a Sirius seems to be a bit of a risk, I do think it is one worth making.
Size: 14″ x 3.3″ x 3.3″ in bracket.
Weight: 4.3 pounds
Rigid Industries Radiance 10″ Cree Led Light Bar
And back again to the Radiance series. I sound like I’m shilling their wares at this point, but I have yet to find a high performance light bar at a similar price point. It must be noted that the Radiance series is one of the cheaper options from Rigid, but it is still a cut above the competition. Rigid make all of their products in house, and their attention to detail is fantastic. When you buy a Rigid product you are not only getting a high quality light bar, you are also getting what i would call some of the bets customer service in the LED light bar market. Their warranty lasts a lifetime, without the caveat of”limited” added to the beginning of Sirius’ warranty. This 10″ bar will cost you $179.99, but I have seen them cheaper on amazon. It outputs 3528LM, note the specifics there. Shows that they thoroughly test their products. IP rated to 68, so you needn’t worry about damaging it, and estimated to last you 50,000 hours on full burn. It is the only bar on this list that has it all. Great light quality, high build quality, good price, excellent warranty and longevity to match with the best of them.
Size: 6.25″ × 7″ × 13.625″ including bracket.
Weight: 5.6 pounds
I went for a blend here. Motorcycles come in more shapes and sizes than I can imagine, so here I present a few size options for you to check out. If you go for one on this list then great, I am certain you will be happy with your purchase, if not then at least you know what to look for. Remember you need at least an IP 67, high output Lumen and a good warranty. Get all three and you’re golden.