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Hi all. Just picked up my 2012 R1200R yesterday and already I'm thinking about messing around with it. What I really want to do is to install a HID kit for the low beam. I've done it before, so I am familiar with the process, but I can't seem to find out what type of bulb it uses. (I left the owners manual at the dealer - its in the mail to me...) Anyone know? Also, on BMW cars, I needed to install a resistor pack to simulate a filiment bulb, to prevent the OBC from displaying a blown bulb warning. Will I need to do the same for the R1200R?

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Got the manual today. It's H11 bulbs for anyone who cares... And you need a canbus compatible ballast.

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Huey Mchad,
I'm looking to change my headlight too, please do an installation write up.
I saw this harley headlight and delivers way more light then the stock one but, I have not find one compatible with our bikes.

LED Headlamp and Auxiliary Lamps | Genuine Motor Accessories | Harley-Davidson USA
I'm not sure just how bright LED's would be, I never even considered them. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of LED's, basically every flashlight I own, every light on my boat, and even a few lamps at home are all LED. However for headlamps, I'm going HID.

I just ordered a canbus compatible (no errors/warnings) H11 kit from 1offmotorsports.com. They seem to have a good reputation albeit an internet rep. We'll see. I only bought low beams, as with the heat up time of HID's, I figured the reg bulb is fine for highs.

Anyway, I'll get some photos and post a writeup when i'm done. They arrive next week, so hopefully by the weekend.
 

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I'm not sure just how bright LED's would be, I never even considered them. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of LED's, basically every flashlight I own, every light on my boat, and even a few lamps at home are all LED. However for headlamps, I'm going HID.

I just ordered a canbus compatible (no errors/warnings) H11 kit from 1offmotorsports.com. They seem to have a good reputation albeit an internet rep. We'll see. I only bought low beams, as with the heat up time of HID's, I figured the reg bulb is fine for highs.

Anyway, I'll get some photos and post a writeup when i'm done. They arrive next week, so hopefully by the weekend.

Thanks for the info, this is something I'd also like to do, once I get the bike :)

Pics would be great and let us know how easy the installation was and the result.
 

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Last night, I got motivated and finished the install. I managed to squeeze the ballast and wiring under the right front of the tank, zip tied it securly to a bracket which holds the carbon canister in place. No interference with the fork, good to go. Installing the bulb, however, was a bit more difficult. Drilling the 1" hole in the back of the bucket was bad enough, only to discover that the back of the HID bulb extends about 1/2" more then the standard H11 bulb, and hit the back of the bucket when trying to seat the lens. I ended up drilling another hole, to allow the back of the bulb to fit in the hole, and the lens to mount correctly. Looks like it only needed about a quarter of an inch clearance, but without the hole, it wasn't there... So now I am waiting for some black RV roof repair tape, which I will cut to a nice circle, put a piece of something to cover the adhesive in the center of the patch (where the actual hole is) and seal up the hole watertight. Anyway, below is a bad photo of the ballast. The silver on the right is the right fork tube.

Just to say, the HID low beam is fantastic. No Can-bus error, sharp, clean throw. Wicked bright. Great kit from 1offmotorsport, I must add.

Now to find a can-bus compatible LED W5W bulb for the running light The incandescent bulb looks a little odd next to the HID.

 

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Thanks for the info, I"ll still on the hunt for some light.
I have 3 sets of Led skene design with turn signals already, 2 for the back and one for the front, they are great.

Can you post some more pictures of your finished product?

thank you
 
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