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The headlight beam pattern for a low beam should light up the full width of roadway without shining in the eyes of oncoming drivers as well as putting as much light as possible into the ditch on the side of the road the vehicle is driving on so that you can see pedestrians, animals or other hazards (if you do much driving at night in the country you will know what I mean).
In parts of the world where we drive on the right side of the road (the right side is the right side to drive on) that means the beam should be level on the left and higher on the right.
 

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To clarify, cars (& sidecar outfits) intended for places where you drive on the right (correct) side of the road are set up with the driver on the left of the vehicle so they are called Left Hand Drive and vehicles set up for backward places where they drive on the left side of the road are set up with the driver on the right side of the vehicle so they are Right Hand Drive.
The headlight beam patterns should look like this
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I believe the headlights I replaced on my bikes (about 2008-9) were both the original type. The fairing that was on Eccles at the time was the original one from my '83 GL1100 (it was on every winter machine from '95 until it started cracking and I replaced it in 2014) and I'm 99% sure the headlight I removed from it was original to it. I'm not sure where the headlight that I replaced on the GoldWing came from but it was identical down to the Stanley brand name cast into the glass. Both are up in the attic somewhere and both have a lens pattern similar to the one Luke posted at the beginning of this thread.
 
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