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Hi everyone, I need some advice on extra lighting for my bike.
I live in NYC and ride at night often, cagers, specially taxis, are not the most respectful in here.
I was looking to install a set of X vision, Solstice solo prime Home - Vision X USA

They seem great but honestly I'ts more then what I need, I want to be seen not to see more.

I'm also looking for something that will give me front and back road presence and LED or something that does not kill my battery, I ride all yer round and have heated gear for the winter, the last thing I need it's to run out of battery because my extra lights.

This is my first BMW and first time I deal with CAN BUS electrical system.

After some internet research I came to find this lights Hyperlites Flashing LED Motorcycle brake lights, Running Lights and Turn Signal

They claim to be safe on new BMWs.

Does anyone here has a set of this lights? If so, can you give me some advice.

Any other suggestions and/or advise are greatly appreciated.
 

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hi hoshiko
the guys that ride gs 1200 use small spots either side attached on a bar , very small and powerful . touratech do a lot of goodies , however do not not know if the will fit the r1200r.
rca:)
 

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Thanks Clem, I have seen the LITE-BUDDYs from run-n-lights before.
Some people claim to have to change the whole indicators because of hot issues running both, the original bulb and the leds.

I'm almost positive I'll be getting the photon blaster and photon booster from Skene Design Motorcycle Visibility Lights

I only wish they had white leds for the front.

I'll post some pictures once I received them.

As for the tail light, I have a better and cheaper solution, I did the same to my old bike. It takes 5 minutes and it's better then the stock, and as long as I'm having some extra leds some where else, this can be the best mod out there.

Here is a short video with my old bike. The light rotates constantly changing direction every 2 laps, they also blink if you press the brake and they are brighter then stock bulb.





 

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Hey, Hoshiko.
Did you get BMW side bags ?
They're good for commuting. Carry lots of stuff.
3M Scotchlite reflective sticker kits for the BMW side bags.

M/C Reflective Kits

NO electrical current draw at all.
Major visibility after dark.
Don't see them in daylight.

Post some pics/video after you get your lights installed.
Should make you more visible.
Good luck dodging those NY cabs.
 

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Finally did the extra lights stuff,
I bought the saddle bags and put some reflecting black tape on them as well as on several parts of the frame, since it's black you won't be able to see them at all during the day.
I also installed a set of LED lights and posted a thread but was unable to upload pictures.
I will share all the installation pictures as soon as I find out how to do so.
 

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Hey jhawk,
I have 8 sets of led lights on mi bike, 4 on the front on a 90 degree angle and 4 on the back, same way.
Skenedesigns.com

I also got that reflective tape and put it on my saddlebags and parts of the frame.

I really like the denali D2 lights from twisted-throttle but unfortunately I had a REALLY BAD experience buying from this website and I am putting it off to see if some one else comes with a set of lights like those.
 

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Just wondered how the Krista lights would compare to HID? I have HID's on my F800 ST and the difference from stock is incredible.
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I was told by Cycle Works of Barrington (IL) that the flicker lights are illegal in Illinois, so check your state laws. Also anyone know of a direct plug-in LED replacement for the 2012 Classic front light?
 

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Also anyone know of a direct plug-in LED replacement for the 2012 Classic front light?
Like drDave, I want to upgrade my bulb too, and the LED option sound awesome for the low power consumption, I asked around and looked like crazy with no luck.

I found this that could do the job but don't want to pull the trigger before I know 100% for sure I'll will work. If anyone knows, please advise.

Material:Hard-coated polycarbonate lens, eCoat aluminum housing and internal structures, metalized Reflector, 16 Gauge Wire
Light Source:2 LED Arrays, 9v-33v Multi-volt design works with both, 12v and 24v systems
Designed At:
12.8v, 1.80a (low beam), 3.60 amps (high beam)
25.6v, 1.00a (low beam), 1.80 amps (high beam)
1,300 Lumens
Additional Specifications:
Operating temperature range: -40˚C to 50˚C
Overvoltage protection to 600v, w/constant output
Mechanical aim
Recommended Accessories:
96630 H4 to H13 adapter
 

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LED Upgrades?

''I found this that could do the job but don't want to pull the trigger before I know 100% for sure I'll will work.''
Hoshiko, You're amazing. Where do you find this stuff?
BTW: Did NOT see a $price$. Hard to compare and say without knowing what it $costs$. FYI: My little woman checks the VISA card statement every month. That's why I take her out for dinner & a slow ride in Comfort Mode every now and then. She has to say,''the money WE (not YOU) spent on FARKLES.''

Clearwater Krista $649/Pair 3,500 Lumens(3 LEDs 36Watt 1 yr.warranty)
Krista Info Page
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Baja Squadron $329.95/EACH 3,600 Lumens (4 LEDs 42Watt Lifetime Warranty)
Baja Designs Squadron Off Road Light Driving

About the same thing. Both are very Bright and Expensive.

HIDs still put out more light for the bucks, BUT issues remain with ballasts and more important safety issues concerning a clean light cut-off line.
For off road desert riding, maybe OK ? But for street riding? ....
An interesting article:
Clearwater Glenda / Krista vs TW Denali 2
 

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They go for around $250.00 usd, but compared to the other ones like the squadron @ $329.00, the plus is that the truk-lite could fit where the original headlight is, it will be brighter then the original bulb, the bike will look like a roadster not a jeep.
Squadron, has 4 LEDs instead of 2 of the truk-lite but because of the shape, you will have to mount 2 of them on the sides of your headlamp, or may be, make some kind of modification to fit it where the headlight goes.

I don't know. Hopefully someone can find out the if the truk-lite works and let us know, I'll make reservations at a nice restaurant, go to the opera, or ballet, or baseball game, and then, on the way back home at night, show the wife how nice and safe and brighter that new headlight I bought it is.;)

http://www.truck-lite.com/wcsstore/tl/resources/images/en_US/pdf/27270C_NP.pdf
 

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The techs at Barrington Cycle Works in Illinois were very unwilling to try any HID bulb on the 2012 R1200 Classic, blaming the CanBus, and saying the power draw could cause the whole bike to shut down. So if there's a good LED out there as a plug-in replacement, I think that might solve the problem.
 

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So you can't do HID's on this bike? Is the CANBUS any different than on the F800 bikes? I have DDM Tuning HID's on my high and low beams, they are 55watts each and blindingly bright. They are also inexpensive at about $45 each. Zero CANBUS issues.
 
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