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Old 06-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Clearwater lights, worth the price?

So it is time to add some Aux lighting to the GS1200. I just started looking for lights thinking I would have a budget of about $250. While at SoundSound BMW, they showed me a set of Clearwater lights. These things are bright! I went onto their site for pricing and almost spilled my coffee in my lap.
$850 for an LED setup!
http://www.clearwaterlights.com/products2_pp.html


OK so now I am looking at other options. I see ADVMonster seems a bit more reasonable. http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hst...Categories.bok

24X7 have a few options.
http://24x7diy.com/index.php/cPath/2...b67ec0c181d504

BliztPro are even lower cost, but look cheap.
http://blitzpro.com/12v-led-lights.html

So to light path in front of with out looking too cheap or flimsy, what setup would work will without breaking the bank. Or are the Clearwater light setup options worth the price?
FYI: With the exception of some marker LEDs I integrated into the map light and turn signals, my GS is stock at this time.

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Old 06-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #3
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I personally went with the 24x7diy quad cree LEDs, and have seen them next to the kristas and think they put out as much light. For the price difference, you can buy 4 sets of the 24x7diy quad cree LED's for the same price as the Kristas. Of course, Clearwater is US company, and they have an awesome reputation for their service and warranty repairs/replacement. For me, it just came down to initial cost. I have about 20k on my 24x7diy LEDs and they are working fine.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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When you say auxiliary lighting, are you looking for lights for added safety or using during the night through the woods?

I was looking at the Clearwater's myself. But If I was going to by any it would be the Glenda's or Darla's. I am looking on additional lighting for safety. Rocket Moto is a vendor on here that carries the Clearwater lights. He has a discount code as well. If I order the Clearwaters I'll get them through him.
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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I have had a set of the 45s on my bike for three years now love them
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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This is a good plug and play kit http://www.twistedthrottle.com/denal...-and-m10-mount
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:13 PM   #7
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Or are the Clearwater light setup options worth the price?
Yes, they are.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:25 AM   #8
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When you say auxiliary lighting, are you looking for lights for added safety or using during the night through the woods?
I would like to be able to see the tree I'm about to hit. Also, I would like the controller to have the dimmable low beam tie in and full power with the high beam. This seems like a pretty standard setup configuration.

I have added safety LEDs based on some ideas I found on this forum. I went cheap and built the kit from the ground up. It helped that I had all the parts on hand. I think the total cost was around $20. That got me lights on the oil cooler, and wrap around lights on my hand guards that are normally on, but flash off with the turn signal flashes on. I will be doing a write up on it shortly. I just have to find that free time first.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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Check these guys out

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=839163
www.cyclopsadventuresports.com

I have used and tested several of their products and the cost is resonable for the quality you get.

I was so impressed with them (and I tested about a half dozen different brands) that I bought both a light bar and the long range LED's for use on my own bikes.

Made in the USA with quality parts etc.

Definitely worth the look, Clearwater makes some great lights too but the pricepoint is on a totally different level.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #10
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$850 for led'S NO IT'S NOT WORTH IT....unless you're the type to buy a whale-foreskin suit just because what it is than for it's protection. IMHO the cyclops lights would get serious consideration. Plus do you want lights just for daytime running lights or to light up the road at night? If you want just daytime running lights look at Vision X lights, they are addequate for added nightime light but small size makes them very nice for DTRR's.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #11
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Clearwater

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So it is time to add some Aux lighting to the GS1200. I just started looking for lights thinking I would have a budget of about $250. While at SoundSound BMW, they showed me a set of Clearwater lights. These things are bright! I went onto their site for pricing and almost spilled my coffee in my lap.
$850 for an LED setup!
http://www.clearwaterlights.com/products2_pp.html


OK so now I am looking at other options. I see ADVMonster seems a bit more reasonable. http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hst...Categories.bok

24X7 have a few options.
http://24x7diy.com/index.php/cPath/2...b67ec0c181d504

BliztPro are even lower cost, but look cheap.
http://blitzpro.com/12v-led-lights.html

So to light path in front of with out looking too cheap or flimsy, what setup would work will without breaking the bank. Or are the Clearwater light setup options worth the price?
FYI: With the exception of some marker LEDs I integrated into the map light and turn signals, my GS is stock at this time.

Clearwater has several different price points for their lights. $850 is the highest. Their Darla's and Glendas are significantly less expensive and more around your original price range. Depending on what you are looking for I would look at some of their other models. They are some of the nicest LED lights I have seen. Also look at the Denali lights as they are also well constructed and can be had for $250-$350 depening on the model you choose.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #12
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Have the MotoLights w/LEDs on my 2001 K1200LT.
Glenda's on my 2009 R1200GS Adventure.
Both are great for making the bike more visible to oncoming traffic.
Also good front and side lighting.
Not driving lights, so doesn't penetrate very far down the road.

Erica's on my 2012 K1600GTL.
The Erica's turned night into day on my Iron Butt rides.
The BMW high beams are pretty anemic compared to the Erica's.

Yes, I'd get them, again.

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
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erica's

how did you get the Ericas already?!?! those lights look bad ass. I've looked at Clearwater's site and they said they weren't shipping yet? if you don't mind my asking, what did the Ericas set you back?
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:34 AM   #14
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Check these guys out

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=839163
www.cyclopsadventuresports.com


Made in the USA with quality parts etc.

"Developed" in the USA.

I doubt seriously they're manufactured or even assembled in the US.

Heck, Klim gear is "developed" in the US and England. It's manufactured elsewhere.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:13 AM   #15
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Check these guys out

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=839163
www.cyclopsadventuresports.com

I have used and tested several of their products and the cost is resonable for the quality you get.

I was so impressed with them (and I tested about a half dozen different brands) that I bought both a light bar and the long range LED's for use on my own bikes.

Made in the USA with quality parts etc.

Definitely worth the look, Clearwater makes some great lights too but the pricepoint is on a totally different level.
$759:


vs

$69:


hadn't seen that before I did it. cool, maybe that's the best way to mount em up afterall. had them on my triple trees first, which worked, but made the stock light pointless.

had to make a bracket myself, and the light output is pewny at only 1800 lumens (which is shady, since its measured with a crappy cellphone app) instead of 3000 claimed above.

cmon, make something cool and show it off. its more fun.
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