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Hi All,

New to the forum and considering this bike. I wanted to know if anyone has installed additional visibility lighting like Clear Water GLENDA LED lights? Anyone have any pics of additional lighting on these bikes?

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Craig
 

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Hey Craig, I am installing more lighting on my bike, I live in NYC and ride at night all the time, the more light I can get the better.
I started with a big roll (50ft) of 1" black reflective tape, I got if straight from 3M and saved lots of money, that tape is invisible unless the light hits it.
I have it all around the bike, frame, plastics, anything black, and also the saddle bags.

I installed 3 sets of Skene design LED lights with turn signals, 2 on the front and one on the back, they work great.

My next light will be a headlight, I'm still deciding on LED or HID, I'll keep everyone posted when I do the mod.

Check this video of my LED light installation.LED lights BMW R1200R 2011 - YouTube
 

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1. MV Motorrad makes a set of halogen fog/auxiliary lights for the R12R that are superb. They are VERY bright, solidly made and - - perhaps best of all - - very inconspicuous, so they don't ruin the simple, clean lines of the bike. The housings are fairly small, matte black and mount under the front shoulders of the tank. (They attach very solidly to existing metal tabs inside the lower front edges of the tank, so there is no separate mounting bracket to mess with or clutter up the bike.) The lights blend perfectly into the bike's profile from the front, and you can't even see the housings when sitting on the bike. This medium-high mounting point also beats the heck out of lights mounted on the lower fork legs like some, throwing the beam further. I highly recommend these lights. Last I looked, they were $168. Don't recall where I found them; it may have been A&S Cycles in California. If you search "R1200R fog lights" on the Internet, you'll find them.
2. Mounting tip: The lights come with mounting instructions which are OK but not great; the verbiage is a bit confusing, so you have to go mostly by the photos. An experienced BMW mechanic should have no problem. However, there is an on/off indicator LED for the lights with a lead running from the switch. The mounting instructions suggest drilling a hole in the headlight dimmer switch housing and running this lead through it, so the LED sticks out of the housing. DON"T DO IT - - this will allow water to enter the housing. Instead, just run the lead along the clutch fluid & headlight switch wires coming up from the headlight (zip-tying the bundle together) and thread it (coming up from the bottom) between the inside edge of the headlight switch housing and the outside edge of the mirror mount, with the LED tucked into that gap on the rider's side. Very sweet - - no drilled/leaky headlight switch housing and no loose or floppy wires, LED easily visible to rider!
3. FYI, the auxiliary lights will come on when the bike is started, but can be turned off simply by double-clicking the bottom of the hi-lo beam (headlight dimmer) switch. Neat, huh?
Hope this helps.
 

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1. MV Motorrad makes a set of halogen fog/auxiliary lights for the R12R that are superb. They are VERY bright, solidly made and - - perhaps best of all - - very inconspicuous, so they don't ruin the simple, clean lines of the bike. The housings are fairly small, matte black and mount under the front shoulders of the tank. (They attach very solidly to existing metal tabs inside the lower front edges of the tank, so there is no separate mounting bracket to mess with or clutter up the bike.) The lights blend perfectly into the bike's profile from the front, and you can't even see the housings when sitting on the bike. This medium-high mounting point also beats the heck out of lights mounted on the lower fork legs like some, throwing the beam further. I highly recommend these lights. Last I looked, they were $168. Don't recall where I found them; it may have been A&S Cycles in California. If you search "R1200R fog lights" on the Internet, you'll find them.
2. Mounting tip: The lights come with mounting instructions which are OK but not great; the verbiage is a bit confusing, so you have to go mostly by the photos. An experienced BMW mechanic should have no problem. However, there is an on/off indicator LED for the lights with a lead running from the switch. The mounting instructions suggest drilling a hole in the headlight dimmer switch housing and running this lead through it, so the LED sticks out of the housing. DON"T DO IT - - this will allow water to enter the housing. Instead, just run the lead along the clutch fluid & headlight switch wires coming up from the headlight (zip-tying the bundle together) and thread it (coming up from the bottom) between the inside edge of the headlight switch housing and the outside edge of the mirror mount, with the LED tucked into that gap on the rider's side. Very sweet - - no drilled/leaky headlight switch housing and no loose or floppy wires, LED easily visible to rider!
3. FYI, the auxiliary lights will come on when the bike is started, but can be turned off simply by double-clicking the bottom of the hi-lo beam (headlight dimmer) switch. Neat, huh?
Hope this helps.
Hey Lawmandean,Only place I could find these for sale was in the EU. They look like the perfect solution for additional lighting for the R1200R. Thanks for the info.
 

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Hey Lawmandean,Only place I could find these for sale was in the EU. They look like the perfect solution for additional lighting for the R1200R. Thanks for the info.

+1^ No US :(

They look great, I wish they make something like this with LED.
 

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+1^ No US :(

They look great, I wish they make something like this with LED.
I just ordered them from Germany. They were 103 Euro's for the light kit and then 54 Euros for shipping UPS Express (only method to US) to MA. I'll let you know once I receive them and take some pics if you'd like? :)
 

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On Thursday the lights from Germany arrived. They look great and they seem solid and well put together.

I've attached some pics. For around $230 they seem like a great buy.







 

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Really like the way those lights mount into the recessed area of the tank.
Very inconspicuous!
Great looking mounts.
The fill light on both sides of the headlight beam
should give much added safety at night.
Hi-Visibility in daytime.
 

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Thanks for the pictures Fluger,

They look pretty cool, did you installed them yet, any reviews/ installation pictures/ etc.

I have family in Germany, I'll see if they can pick a pair up and ship to me, hopefully cheaper.
 

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Thanks for the pictures Fluger,

They look pretty cool, did you installed them yet, any reviews/ installation pictures/ etc.

I have family in Germany, I'll see if they can pick a pair up and ship to me, hopefully cheaper.
Hey Hoshiko,

It will be cheaper for you to buy and ship them. When the shipping address is outside of Germany they drop the 25% sales tax which is built into the price on their site. Once I put in my US shipping address they showed the price with removal of the built in 25% tax.

I don't mind installing parts but I don't like to play with electric parts. These had to be meged into the headlight flash button and to several other places and I didn't want to mess it up so my dealer will install it for me. :) I'll take some pics once installed though.
 

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Flueger, you got the right ones - - enjoy! Hoshiko, those are the ones I was talking about. Since my original post, I have recalled that the parts guy at my dealership told me he was pretty sure they are made by Verholen, a very reputable German manufacturer.

Best to all - - Happy New Year!
 

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I just ordered the same kit...going to take a week to get it in though :(

I'm going to put yellow bulbs in. I have yellow bulbs on my GTI for my fog lights and I've always been happy with yellow bulbs as fogs. I'll post pics when it's all said and done.
 

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I just ordered the same kit...going to take a week to get it in though :(

I'm going to put yellow bulbs in. I have yellow bulbs on my GTI for my fog lights and I've always been happy with yellow bulbs as fogs. I'll post pics when it's all said and done.
Which brand of yellow bulbs? I used to have Hoen yellow fogs for my R32 :)
 

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I have the Hoens on my GTI as well...great bulbs. As far as I can see, though, Hoen doesn't make the H3 bulbs that the kit uses. I will see what I can find. May have to resort to eBay if nothing else comes up, but I know that PIAA makes some good (albeit pricey) H3 yellow bulbs.
 

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I have the Hoens on my GTI
You have a GTI??????? :D:D:D


You have an R32????? :D:D:D:D



You 2 are so lucky to be single or, have a wife/girlfriend who lets you have whatever car you want.

I really want it a Golf R, but wife didn't like it, she said it looks like an egg, then she found out they only bring the manual one to the states and there was no other way to even try. I took her on a GTI Autobahn package, and she claimed to get sick.

I'll have to wait until I can get some kind of garage space, or move out of the city.

Enjoy your VWs
 

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wow lights are looking very nice on your bike.. Specially when they are turned on.. I guess these are the good effort for night-time traveling... Because these lights are more visible than other lights.. Thanks for sharing the photos.. Good purchase.
 
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