HID guys don't fool me. They aren't installing these kits because they have a hard time seeing or because they want to be seen better. They do it because they are obsessed, and can't stand the thought that other vehicles have brighter headlights than they do. Some people claim that they do it because they will do anything to be more visible, regardless of the consequences on traffic around them. If this really is true, then these people need to find a new hobby, because their intense fear is just creating an unnecessary hazard on the roadways.
I have been running HID's in my wing since I purchased it. I have yet to be flashed at by oncoming traffic nor have I been bothered by area law enforcement. I am mindful of having the lights adjusted "down" just a little. In fact, with the high beams on, I don't get flashed at.
I am concerned about light scatter enough so that I had a friend drive the wing with me in my vehicle driving towards the bike. Not a problem.
The HID's do make me stand out a little more and that just might give me an edge of being seen.
I usually ride with one friend, and we love the secondary roads in WA. At night, Rich enjoys that my headlights will overtake his so he can see a little further down the road.
Intense fear, not. Therefore, I will continue to enjoy the hobby. Should I change bikes for whatever reason, HID's will be one of the first changes I do.